We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyshana Richard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyshana, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
At my core I’m an artist, I’ve been drawing since I knew how to hold a pencil, I started dance classes at 3-years old, and almost all of my childhood activities were heavily based in artistic endeavors like photography, videography, graphic design, fine arts, and literature. Artistry radiates from the core of my being.
My mom has always encouraged me to do what makes me happy. Being an artist is what keeps me fulfilled each day, so everyday I choose to delve further into this path and see what I’m capable of and how my work may impact others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think something that sets me apart from others is my integrity. In my last interview, I was asked “Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?” and I answered, “Consistency and Authenticity”. I stand by that and I believe that my honesty, authenticity, and consistency continuously sets me apart from my peers and co-workers.
I’m most proud of constantly finding new ways to evolve as an artist and sticking to it even when it gets difficult. I’m really excited to start sharing more of my work and I can’t wait to resume my international explorations with my travel business, En Root Travel.
I got here with a lot of help from an amazing group of people. It certainly wasn’t easy but it’s been worth the obstacles, I overcame challenges by keeping my mind on my goal, embracing the people who uplift me, and doing my best to extend guidance and advice to others coming after me.
I want the world to know that we’re all capable of whatever we set our minds to. Make up your mind, remember your goal, work toward it and go for it. All anyone can do is say “no”…and if they do, you get up and try again until you get your “yes”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Welcome to my personal happy place 🙂
As a lover of all things art and exploration, we’d bounce between museums through out the week (some of my favorites are The Underground Museum, LACMA, & The Neon Art Museum). Anyone who knows me knows that I have an affinity for boba tea so you could probably find us at my favorite spots, Teapop or Boba Guys! As far as food, I loveeeeeeee Hilltop Cafe, the food is delicious, the environment is so soothing, and it’s the perfect place to meet people or get some work done. One thing about me, I’m gonna support Black-Owned businesses so whenever my friends come to visit I try to make it a point to go to View Park, Downtown Inglewoood, and Leimert Park. There’s always an interesting shop or pop up to stumble upon. Also, if there’s a concert or music festival in town, best believe it’s on my radar, music brings me so much joy and happiness, I believe it’s best experienced live and with a group of friends. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have positively contributed to my journey, people who constantly express and act on their love, care, and support for me. Being a young black woman entrepreneur and artist are mentally daunting in the society we live in but even during my lows I know I have a strong support system ready to catch me and lift me back up, I am so grateful for each and every one of them.
Firstly I’d like to shoutout my mom, she is my greatest supporter and my favorite role model. Everything I am and have accomplished is heavily due to her unconditional love, support, and wisdom. She is the best parent I could’ve ever asked for. Next, my younger siblings, Little Nina & Tatiana, who endlessly inspire me with their own creativity and individuality. In addition, to my Aunt Carla, Nanna, Popi, Big Nina & Brandi, who are a major part of my support system and constantly reassure me of the promising future ahead of me. To my cousin Jayson who literally picks me up and helps dust me off every time I’m knocked down, I’m grateful. To my best friends since childhood, Nicole and Claudia, who will literally drop anything and everything to be the most genuine, loving, and supportive friends, I am SO grateful to have you present in my life- these words don’t even do it justice- but thank you sincerely for being there for me, always.
I’d like to acknowledge my friends from Howard who support, encourage, and inspire me daily. They are a group of friends that have evolved into family, I couldn’t have ever dreamt of a more amazing friend group. I am so grateful to have them by my side.
Finally, there are a lot of people I’ve met since I started my journey in LA. Carol Dudley and Mike Moss were the catalysts of it all and I’ve been catapulting off it ever since. I want to acknowledge Xhana Namkung and Jordan Ballard for presenting so many life changing opportunities to me. I want to thank Tia Nolan, Michael Tronick, and Teri Dorman for their mentorship. I want to shoutout the Academy Gold Program for exposing me to many of the people I’ve mentioned and also creating a platform for minority creatives. Last but not least, I want to thank Cameron Ross, Jen Bryson, Laura Zempel, Isaac Hagy, Peter Cabada-Hagan, Jennifer Van-Goethem, Stephanie Willis, Greg Hollander, Braden Friedman, Sam Dottin, and Alethea Jones for their constant encouragement, guidance, and kindness.
It takes a village and I am so thankful that I’ve been blessed with such a beautiful one.
Jamar Jaspar, Jade Grier, and Ebony Elder