We had the good fortune of connecting with Zuhura McAdoo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zuhura, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I feel like I’m in a constant journey of success just because “reaching success” is not linear. Everyone has moments of success and failure. Something I learned my sophomore year of college at Howard University was that you should never fear failure but embrace it because then you learn more about yourself and what not to do. Instead you should fail fast and fail forward.
The habit of reminding myself that it’s okay to fail as long as I don’t dwell over that failure for too long. Allowing myself to see the bigger picture rather than obsessing over all the “wins” and “losses”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe we’re all interconnected and inherently all the same. We just choose to express differently. I think my ways of expression are through my own storytelling. Everything is rooted from the desire to translate my messages and experience across mediums like film and photography.
I want everyone to know that they are all capable of doing the same. That voice that tells you “no one cares” or “what you do doesn’t matter “ is lying. It’s scared of your potential. You can’t be scared of who you want to become because guess what? You already are them, you just have to embrace it. One day at a time.
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 funny because so many of my friends have visited me in the past few week but my itinerary would look like this
Monday- Go get all the touristy stuff out the way because I know they want to see the Hollywood sign, walk around Melrose and see Beverly Hills
Tuesday- get some street tacos and horchata maybe some elote depending on the stand
Flick up a little downtown
Take them to Little Tokyo and Koreatown for food, shops and scenery
Thursday-go on a hike to the Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes
Friday- hit the beach probably Malibu or Hermosa, bring some wine, food and snacks. Take pics and watch the sunset while we vibe out to some Lancey Foux or Asiatica
Sat&Sunday- Bring them to Leimert Park get a feel of what home looks like to me
Dance in the African Drum Circle
Grab food at Hot n Cool or Ackee Bamboo
A drink from Harun coffee and then visit the gallery where I work at
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?
My family is my backbone. My parents are very supportive of my creative pursuits as long as I’m consistent and focused. My mom particularly has always encouraged me to explore my creative side. We would go on trips to Michael’s where I could pick almost any supplies I needed.
Then my dad was like my right hand man. Whenever I was planning a shoot and needed things like fabrics and props he’d run errands with me. He’s so willing to help in anyway he can.
Along with my twin brother who’s helped me stay aligned on my path with all the words of encouragement.
Not to mention, my granny Baasha Johnson and auntie Debra Young. They always reminds me to embrace who I am and where I come from. They’re also so protective of me and boasts about my accomplishments to well, — everyone. They make feel so seen.
Images 3-6 by @haughtysteph