We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiannah Birdsong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiannah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Making a substantial amount of money as a creative has its challenges. I’ve been freelancing for the past 7 years as a producer, videographer, video editor, and photographer. I’ve worked under contract for corporations, small businesses, and start-ups, where I had to learn everyone’s unique brand. I started to get clients of my own and eventually, my clientele grew.
When the pandemic hit, the restrictions proved it difficult to lock in contracts with corporations. So in a way, I was pushed towards creating and legitimizing my business to continue working with private clients. I am so grateful that I was able to cultivate important business relationships throughout my life.
Working for myself had given me more creative control while allowing me to adopt a schedule, more conducive to my lifestyle. It gave me the time needed to pursue other dreams. I have always created art and I’ve sold several pieces, but now I have time to create and I have a business to house them under. Page11ven is not only my baby, it is a creative house, and a haven with the goal of raising the vibration in others.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?
Page11ven is a creative hub dedicated to celebrating life through photography, videography, and artwork. My photography/videography work ranges from lifestyle and event photography to film and behind-the-scenes of video productions. On the other side, Page11ven houses artwork created through several different mediums, including digital art. The art portrays life events while highlighting and shining a light on emotional responses.
My professional journey as a photographer wasn’t easy but my determination and tenacity to succeed are what continue to drive me. I understand my purpose and I am passionate about filming, taking photos, and creating art. My mother, who was a graphic design artist, also loved photography. As a small child, I remember watching her intently, drawing, tracing, and using several of her hundreds of markers to create what we now call graphic art. Back in those days, artists created vector art and logos by using tracing paper and markers. Now technology has changed the game and made it more efficient, allowing more creativity to flow. My mother’s hard work and skills created a great foundation for me to build upon. Even then, at 5 years old, I knew that I wanted to be an artist.
As far as challenges, the world is changing and so your business has to adapt. Legitimizing my business, in a midst of a pandemic, was a risk. I’ve had ups and downs as far as the frequency of the business and I moved across the country. I’ve gotten through these challenges by remaining positive and adopting a resilient mentality. Learning how to maximize the use of social media has also really helped. Communication and marketing now rely greatly on digital platforms, so I’ve pushed a lot of my art and photography services that way.
I want the world to know that the thing that you’re afraid to do, yes that thing… DO IT. Fear isn’t real but it is a tool that can be used to your advantage. Transmute that energy and let it motivate you. You’ll be surprised at your strength. God gave you a dream and a purpose. So utilize the time you have to take at least a step towards it every day.
My dream was to create in every capacity I could. I desired a central place to house my work while also inspiring others. In hindsight, I’m glad I pushed through the fear of lack, the fear of failure, and the fear of success. I’m amazed at my growth and I’m excited to continue on this amazing and rewarding journey.Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a great question! I’m still fairly new to the Atlanta area but I would try some of the restaurants in Midtown right off of Peachtree. It’s really busy, full of life and they have a variety of great restaurants to choose from. I would then check out some local artist pop-up shops, art shows, or poetry lounges. There are so many talented artists here in Atlanta that may inspire you in different ways.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All of my success and my current position in life is due to such a loving God. He/She’s allowed several people to help guide and encourage me on my journey. The following are people who have been super influential in my professional career, in no specific order:
Christine Noschese, my thesis professor at Hofstra University, guided me in the producing, filming, and editing of my thesis film, “A Portrait of an Artist: When the Lights Turn Off.” The film entered several film festivals and won awards. This was the push I needed to take my art and creativity seriously. She continues to push me and supports my art.
Soul Brother is sort of like my big brother and mentor. I met him while working for JetBlue airlines. He’s an amazing and seasoned photographer who’s worked for several big-name companies like Getty and B.E.T. I can always depend on Soul for telling me the absolute truth, to correct me when I’m wrong and he’s always included me on jobs whenever he could. He is truly a blessing in my life.
Greg Williams, a.k.a. GVisuals, is another brother that has always trusted my creativity. G is a brilliant Director and Producer. He is extremely talented, creative, and has been in the music industry for decades. I’ve worked on several music videos and projects with him. I’m so grateful for him including me when he can, whether it be in N.Y.C. or Atlanta.
Dr. Dotteanna Moore is not only my best friend, but she is also a business partner. Dotti, as I like to call her, has been with me through thick and thin. She has seen my many transformations and our sisterhood has blossomed beautifully. It is extremely important to have like-minded individuals in your circle to help you navigate through the ups and downs of running a business. Both of our growth, personally, spiritually, and professionally, has allowed us to work together in the capacity to help others. I currently illustrate her PsyChakra meditation cards and I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for us!
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