We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanee Osborne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanee, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Before my creative entrepreneurial journey began, I was an estimator and project manager for a construction company. My job was to look at and analyze the blueprints of an upcoming project for all of the potential costs to supply materials, provide labor, and complete the job at hand, and then execute and manage the project through completion. I learned to transfer those skills over into my creative world to take educated and calculated risks, allowing me to make decisions with confidence.
When a new risk presents itself I ask myself a few questions:
1. What is to be gained if this goes in the best way possible?
2. What is to be lost if this goes the worst way possible?
3. Do I have the tools/skills to create my best outcome? And if not, are they able to be attained and what will it cost me to attain them (i.e. how much time, money, energy)?
I’m not a big gambler, but If I feel like I have addressed all of the potential pitfalls with possible solutions and the reward outweighs the potential loss, I’m going to go for it knowing that whatever obstacles I may face I have the skills needed to overcome them or learn from them and grow. Either way resulting in a better version of myself. And in the last decade of being a California resident, with that being the biggest risk I’ve taken so far in life, I haven’t regretted any of the risks I”ve taken since branching out on my own relying on my own skills and decisions here in Los Angeles.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a Traditional West African Musician and prior to the pandemic I was a resident drummer for Debbie Allen Dance Academy as well as a class drummer/performer for DAANSEKOU Arts Collective. As all of the dance studios closed, like many other artists around the world I was forced to sit at home and figure out what I wanted to do with my days.
The prolonged time at home away from my normal drumming 6 days a week schedule allowed me to tap into a few other skills that I had been wanting to cultivate. With a newly purchased sewing machine and mandatory mask mandate, I used that free time to teach myself how to sew which birth my “Tailored By Tanee” line of African print masks, lapas ( skirts worn for West African Dance Class), and custom 1 of 1 Tie Dye pieces. Every one has a ton of masks at this point but I specialize in creating West African Print designs, which allows for the wearer to express their style with color and culture while also staying Covid Safe.
I have been vegan for over 3 years and have been following a holistic and natural healing path for the last 7 plus years. So when the pandemic hit I increased my intake of immune boosting herbs and vitamins. Then around August 2020 both of my parents contracted Covid-19 and that pushed me further down my holistic healing practice. I began researching even more and it resulted in me making and selling RootedNVegan Purple Sea Moss Gel. I have found great joy in making and giving access to this hard to find super nutrient to many people who have not heard of it or who do not have access to it, especially in the fresh food desert of Leimert Park, South Los Angeles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ok friend! Welcome to the West Coast specifically Leimert Park, Los Angeles the historical black cultural hub for all things Pan-African Culture. Weekly drum circle, dance class, and full fledge african artisan market on the weekends. This is what we affectionately call the Village.
Mondays are my selfcare days. So we will eat good at Earlz on Crenshaw Meatless Monday’s Vegan Food vendors pop up.
Tuesdays are my days to get outside and work up a sweat. We can do a couple laps of the Culver City stars and see the view while getting a nice workout in. Then since it’s Taco Tuesday we can venture up to Anejo in the Valley for their amazing happy hour margaritas and tacos.
Wednesday we can do some sightseeing and hit some of the favorite tourist attractions. See the Hollywood Stars on the boulevard, Santa Monica beach Pier, and maybe go on a hike in Runyon Canyon.
Thursday we will take a trip downtown to the warehouse district for some shopping.
Friday I would host a small fire pit gathering with a few close friends in the backyard with drinks music and good vibrations.
Saturday morning we are going to DAANSEKOU’s West African Dance class in Leimert Park at 11 and then maybe hit Venice beach in the afternoon to walk the boardwalk and people watch till the sun sets. Venice beach sunset is definitely one for the gram.
Sunday we are back in Leimert Park for the weekly West African Drum class open to the community and to just enjoy the local food, jewelry and clothing vendors and music vibes of the community.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
DAANSEKOU Arts Collective hosts the largest donation based West African Dance class in Los Angeles. I am a part of the core administrators/musicians and we affectionately call class participants our #LoveTribe. So I would like to give a shout out to the DAANSEKOU Arts Collective #LoveTribe because they have been supportive of every single business venture I have journeyed to be a part of buying my handmade African Print Covid-19 masks to my handmade Purple Sea Moss Gel. Their support has been unmatched and greatly appreciated!