We had the good fortune of connecting with Triggy Herrington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Triggy, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I wouldn’t say there’s anything I disagree with however I feel there’s a missing piece to advice when speaking of pursuing a dream, starting a business or doing anything unconventional. The “work” concept usually focuses on a physical aspect. While the physical work required to be successful is a factor, the mental work required outweighs the physical. Early in my journey I adapted the 80-20 rule. It’s 80% mental work, 20% physical work. The physical is an easier feat when you’ve built mental endurance to keep going.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art wasn’t at the forefront of what I thought would be my success story. Fashion was always number one. I honestly didn’t know what success would look like for me but I knew it would be major. I grew up on music videos. Seeing black artists live glamorously and untraditionally was my idea of success. Fashion is a direct extension of that lifestyle. I had the pieces but didn’t know how to connect those concepts. I was super shy with ideas because they were so far fetched. I didn’t have a background in untraditional living so to see from an early age what I wanted but not knowing how to obtain it, the traditional route took precedence. Graduate from high school, get a job, try for a skill but nothing really stuck until I learned of obtaining a degree in fashion. Still not knowing how I would get to the other side of tradition, I knew at least with eduction, I could set myself a part. Anyone can style, put looks together but I had the knowledge that could support the far fetched ideas I’ve always had. I could see the little black girl from St. Louis in Paris designing elaborate sets and looks. I graduated top of my class and knew that would ensure my entry into a career in fashion. It didn’t pan out that way. Considering I did everything the “right” way and the results were less than expected, that lead to a time of depression. I resented fashion. The years, hard work and tradeoffs I experienced meant nothing. Little did I know.
That time was actually the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me. It lead me to art. Now, many years later, I understand art is everything I was doing. Art is the creation of life from a thought to reality however it wasn’t until I was intentional about creating that I was able to see this. Entering into the art world was easy. There’s an art show popping up every week. What I was doing wasn’t outrageous financially. At this time I was still working a traditional job so I could support this “hobby”. It was toooo good though when I started. I won awards. I was being recognized for my style of art. I was different. It felt amazing to be creating something that was exclusive to me. Life is good right now. I’m growing deeper spiritually. I’m happy.
Then my grandfather passed away unexpectedly. It was in that moment that “tomorrow’s not promised” really rang loud and clear. I took some time off my job and used that time to really think about what I was doing in life. I was too creative to be working in the traditional sense. My spirit yearned for more. I was seeing a counselor at the time and discussions of my “what’s next” kept coming up. I knew I didn’t want to go back into a traditional world, that was never my plan but financially how could I not. Everyday I’m looking for a sign of what’s next. One day I was taking a spiritual bath, meditating, and it was clear as day, “you can’t go back, you’re bigger than this” and I felt my body become larger than the tub, building, my immediate surrounding. Wild but I was a giant. lol.
That night I wrote out a plan of leaving my job to pursue my art. Again, Im POPPIN. Surely I can make it. My expenses weren’t crazy. If I can at least maintain what I was already doing, knowing greatness is always in your next step, I decided to put my two weeks in. I was a stellar employee so my managers were confused at the decision but I remember during my exit interview, I explained I just wanted to be happy. Simply put.
Fast forward, the craziest shit I’ve ever done. That didn’t pan out exactly how I saw it either. lol. Savings dried up, art didn’t sell like I thought it did and I was also trying to get a non profit off the ground. Art had inspired so many great things. I told you guys the ideas have always been far fetched. When I began to operate from a spiritual based perspective. Knowing I’m great, I can’t fail right. WRONG. This is where that mental vs physical work I spoke of earlier came into play. I would stay up for 24 hours to do the “work” that was required. What’s the saying, you sleep when you’re dead. Society set the tone, of the physical work so that’s all I knew. I had NO idea the mental work that was going to be required of me.
The stripping of an idea, identity that I had my whole life. Tradition. I was no longer living a traditional life however I was not equipped for that concept mentally. Rediscovering who I really was required me to revisit as early as my childhood to release anything that didn’t support that person. Everyone talks about the work to be done, but that work isn’t part of the conversation. Once I lost my footing, I continued to slide until it was all over. The self doubt set in and it was a wrap. I couldn’t get out of the mental loop no matter how much I meditated, prayed, cried. Another turning point of my life that I didn’t know how beneficial it would be.
In the mist of losing everything physically, what I’ve gained mentally, doesn’t even compare. I came back to the mental work needed for the successful life I always envisioned for myself. The physical was a shoe in. I could style in my sleep, create a concept on the drop of a dime. I’m a creator. It was the self love, evaluation, accountability that I strengthened and honestly everything just started to fall into place. Slowly but surely because it was always going to fall into place, I just had to get out of my way with how I thought it was supposed to go.
I’m most proud that I didn’t give up on myself when I could’ve easily. I never lost sight of who I knew I was. The bigness, the far fetched ideas, the grandness of life. No matter how dark my days were, I always knew it was possible. Even if that knowing was 1% of what I told myself throughout the day. I’m also most proud of my relationships surviving this transition. That was major. Everyone around me was on and here I am, clawing my way out of the mud at such a later stage of life. Relationships dissolve easily in that climate. However they are the reasons I’m here today.
I had to recondition myself from what we’re taught in the traditional world. You CAN do it. You WILL do it. Nothing can stop you but you.
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?
We’re always trying to find something new to do. Starters, would probably be to leave the city lol. Somewhere tropical. If we have a week, we’re visiting spas, spending time in nature, a few excursions that require us to get active. Most evenings will be spent dinning. We love to eat. Big fans of seafood, Mexican cuisine as well as trying new things. We love to experience the finer things in life because where we come from it’s not seen often if ever. We’re going to be inspired by art, architecture, and the local community of wherever we’re visiting. Might catch a show or visit a club or two. Mainly doing things you wouldn’t in your everyday but making it part of our everyday experience.
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?
Wow. This can get slippery lol. It’s so many things that have assisted! When I think of my support, it can go back to as early as teachers, to my best friend, to my family, to Kanye, to The Four Agreements or even The Power of Now. LIFE. Everyone that I’ve ever had an experience or interaction with honestly. Of course I have a core of loved ones that I rely on in my navigation to a successful, fulfilling life however, it’s important to mention the daily nudges from The Universe by way of human interactions that remind me of my greatness, to slow down and appreciate the journey or even when not to give up.