We had the good fortune of connecting with TYLER GARRETT and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi TYLER, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe that taking risks is a necessary part of life. Honestly, almost everything we do is a risk, because we can not predict every outcome with full certainty. Not taking risks is almost like living in fear. I had a conversation with someone about this recently, and they reminded me of the line in Spiderman: No Way Home that MJ says about disappointment. She states, “If you expect disappointment, then you can never really be disappointed.” My friend explained to me that this type of thinking is fear based, because we assume that if we do not take that risk then we can avoid rejection, pain, or all those emotions that are considered “negative” emotions. But not doing something out of fear for a negative outcome does not allow us to grow. I’ve taken so many risks in my life such as moving to California from North Carolina by myself with no family there, to quitting a job without another job lined up (I did not find one for several months actually). I’m not saying anything is wrong with having a proper plan in place, but me taking these risks have been some of the most transformative experiences in my life. All of these risks were not fully positive or painless. I recently took a risk that led to rejection, which was asking my crush out. But there were positives, now I know for sure where me and that friend stand, we have remained good friends, and I was able to grow through my rejection. I have only explained a few events in my life where I was a risk taker, but I have learned so much through the few stories I mentioned. I admit at times I can be reckless in my risk taking but I have always emerged triumphantly, all thanks to God.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel that professionally, I am still growing in my art style and technique. I do not believe that I have one set style to my art I create and paint what I feel in the moment. Art has become a form of therapy for me, it lets me release all my emotions in a creative way. I am most proud of my art piece titled, AL [one]. I painted this piece after having a myomectomy to remove large fibroids and I was feeling alone, and I was constantly listening to the song John Redcorn by SIR. I just let out so much in this piece without stopping and I felt so proud and at “peace” once it was completed. However, I feel that I have finally gotten to a place where I can truly be free in my art and expression without being concerned with others opinions. Before, I would create trying to please the masses, but now I’ve learned to paint for myself and those who resonate with my work will come. I am currently deployed, but once I get back to the states I am super excited about starting an art project that combines my art and photography skills that will help me empower others. I want the world to know that my brand is just like my story, I am constantly growing and transforming and I want to share this journey with the world. Follow me as I continuously “find my joi”.

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?
I currently live in San Diego. I moved there right before all the COVID shutdowns so many of the places I loved to go shut down or have new owners. But there would definitely be a lot of brunch days at Snooze, Breakfast Republic, and Morning Glory. We would have to hit up one of my favorite beaches, La Jolla Shores, and get some ice cream from Scoops. Also, take a trip out to Black’s Beach for the adventure and experience. Black’s Beach is a nude beach and I know many people see this as a perverted place, but I don’t feel that way at all. My experience at Black’s Beach always grounds me, helping me feel really connected to the world around me, balanced and present. I love the energy of coffee shops so we would have to sit at my top three coffee spots, Lestat’s on Park, Communal Coffee, and Better Buzz. Possibly hit up Coin-Op and El Chingon in Gaslamp, and Gossip Grill in Hillcrest. I’d make sure my friend gets a real burrito from Humberto’s in National City as well, it is a must when visiting to get authentic Mexican cuisine. I would most definitely take my friend to all the other beaches as well, hit up PB Shore Club and The Grass Skirt at least once. I would make sure we end the trip with a bonfire at Fiesta Island so we can watch the fireworks from SeaWorld. Then I would force my friend to come back several more times because there is still so much more I would love to show them, like hitting up all the breweries and taking booze cruises!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out my friend Kali Petry and her husband for gifting me a camera which was the spark to my photography journey. I want to shout out my photography mentors John Kornegay who helped me wipe the dust off my camera and to Larry Wright who challenged me and taught me how to turn my photography into real art. I also want to shout out my friend Maurice Robins who let me just sit and paint with him one day growing my love for painting. Of course, I want to shout out my family and friends for supporting me and encouraging me on this art journey that I am still on. Also, a major shout out to those who let me take photos of them, shared my work, liked my work, told others about my work, purchased my work, commissioned me for work, and those who always show up. Thank you all!

Website: www.FindingMyJoi.com

Instagram: @FindingMyJoi

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