We had the good fortune of connecting with Vintage V and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vintage, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is the ability to move fearlessly into a path of uncertainty to obtain the outcome of all your goals. Risk taking has played a huge role in every aspect of my careers as well as my life. As a child, my father would always “brag” and tell everyone, that I was fearless. That I would be the one to do everything that I desired because of my ability to take risk and move forward by any means necessary.
Risk taking has played a huge role in my life because as a singer/songwriter and business owner, whenever I get a vision for a controversial song with. risky lyrics, I say them anyway. When starting my own home goods/retail online store “Saturday’s Oxygen”, my teachers told me it would be risky at succeeding because there are so many home good and retail companies, however, I am doing it anyway and it is paying off. I weigh all side of the coin, while recognizing any potential issues that may arise, but I do it anyway, because I understand. the outcome will be monumental in setting examples for others who are on the same journey to obtaining their goals.
I was born to take risk. Risk taking has allowed me to be the most. authentic version of myself as I can be.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a singer/songwriter and the owner of an online home goods and retail store called ” Saturday’s Oxygen.” I find that my art is expressed in various ways.
As a singer, I believe what sets me apart from other artist is my voice. The tone and its variances. I do not believe that I sound like anyone else. My writing style is also unorthodox and I do not have a specific genre that I can be placed in.
For many years, I struggled with attempting to define my musical style or place it in a box. I was under the impression that because I did not categorize my style within a specific category, that it was a bad thing because certain “men” within the industry would aways tell me, you should try singing like this person, or that person, blah, blah, blah. I remember writing a song entitled “I surrender”, (unreleased) and one of the lines in the song was : ” I feel like I’m on f*cking coke, nothing is sustaining me, I keep on running back for more.”, and I was met with immediate censorship. Vintage, you can’t say that people will think you are on drugs,or it may come across as if you are telling your audience to do drugs.
I thought this was the most outrageous response to a song lyric, that literally spoke about feeling out of control and finding nothing that would make me feel better in trying to find success yet I continued to seek asylum there.
It wasn’t an easy road to finding solace within myself and my own creative outlets, but I am continuing to cultivate it in various kinds of artistic outlets, which lead me to starting my own online store. I love decor, fashion and herbalism and I find that I have a eye for innovative pieces of decorative furniture as well as fashion and also herbs, among many other creative endeavors. I have found that this allows me to express myself artistically in a multitude of ways without limiting myself. to music only. In my opinion, this is what true expression of yourself is, doing all the you love with all of your love.
While along this journey, it hasn’t’t been the easiest to overcome obstacles, self doubt, and setbacks, but I find that this has allowed me to become who I am as a young women today. Stronger. Not allowing distractions from outside sources to cloud my movement, and always doing what is best for me are some of the greatest lessons life has taught me so far. I believe that I am where I am today based on drive and determination. The vision that I see for myself, I make plans around those goals, visualize them, set my goals into motion and execute them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friends were to visit my city, I would think about what their interest are, ask them for more of their interest for clarification so that I can show them the best time of their life while visiting.
Upon arrival on Monday, we would catch up on what’s been going on in their lives, how are their goals moving for them over a nice dinner overlooking the Chattahoochee River at a wonderful restaurant named Canoe.
Tuesday we are heading to do some shopping at Phipps and surrounding boutiques in the area. We would then catch lunch at Tassili’s Raw reality restaurant in the west-end of historic Atlanta. They have the best vegan kale wraps in the world! We would then go to Bear and Honey Candle in little 5 points were we can take a candle making class. After that we would walk to the various shops in the area such as Honey Pot and Crystal Blue where they sell amazing crystals and spiritual products. At the end of the night we would have dinner at one of the best ramen bars called KinNo Tori ramen bar where she could experience their ramen and infamous “chicken Beer”, no chicken is in actual beer lol and their citrus sake.
Wednesday! Hump day! We are up early to have a quick hike at the Chattahoochee national recreation center. It is such a beautiful nature path that ends along the tranquil banks of the river. After that we would head home to shower, and head to brunch at Sun in My Belly for a delicious bite while discussing our next adventure in the city! Since we are in the holiday season, to end the evening we could visit Atlantic station’s Skate the Station and attempted to ice skate! Its so much fun! Afterwards we can head to California Pizza Kitchen to have dinner to close out the evening.
Thursday is none the less full of fun and action. Today we start our day a bit later, around 2 pm and we head to Atlanta Botanical Garden for a day tour. It’s described as Atlanta’s ” The City in the Forest, filled with incredible exhibitions that span over 30 acres. We would then head to Ponce City Market, where we can grab lunch, and do more shopping. We can end the night at Ponce city Markets roof top adventures where you can play miniature golf and other games while overlooking the skyline.
Friday we can began our adventures by renting a few motorized bikes and ride around Piedmont park to see how beautiful it is. We can then, explore the newest attraction Atlanta’s beltline. This expands 22 miles across the city’s intern neighborhoods. On the way we can try out the various restaurants along the beltline and do more shopping. To end the day we can visit Krog Street Market and have dinner to end our adventurous day.
Saturday starts with painting! Paint Sip Socialize located off of Glenwood, another historical eclectic artsy filled area. WE can laugh, create memorable art and meet other fun and creative people in the area. We can then move on to bowling. The painted Duck is one of my favorite places to visit to play a game of miniature bowling, and enjoy a game of pool on an oversized pool table all while enjoying great music and appetizers. The night would end at the beautiful restaurant ” The Garden Room”. Filled with beautiful decor, ambiance and great food.
Sunday we would bring everything to a close. We would have brunch at Canoe. It’s a beautiful restaurant that overlooks the Chattahoochee river. The perfect ending to an eventful week.
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?
Recognizing my success and where I am in life is a combination of support from a very small group of individuals, to whom I am very grateful for and love dearly.
But more so, I would like to recognize myself. Far t0o often we attribute our success to other individuals, but in this instance, I would like to shoutout. myself for never giving up. on myself even. in my darkest days. For continuing to move forward even when it seemed as though I was not moving forward at all in my actions and endeavors. I would like to thank myself for always having my own back and never giving up on me.
I would also like to thank the practice of meditation for helping me remain balanced. I would like to thank what. I. call ” The art of setting boundaries” for myself as well. This has helped me to remember who I am and stay in alignment with what my goals, passions and desires are. A great book that has also helped me at this point in my life would be ” The Art Of Not Giving.A F*ck By Mark Manson.