We had the good fortune of connecting with SYNAH Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi SYNAH, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I love this question because it’s been a reoccurring theme in my life. Music and modeling are tough industries to be in and they can also be very expensive. On top of that I’ve been told to quit both professions, MULTIPLE times. I don’t believe in quitting or giving up on myself when it comes to my dreams. I think your confidence level and the belief in yourself has a lot to do with it. It’s also difficult if you compare yourself to others. You have to remember that everyone has their own journey and perspective. A certain level of success could come easier to someone else and that’s okay and it doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. I’ve noticed most people quit because they don’t have a massive support system or the huge amount of followers and to that I say focus on believing in yourself, the people who support you, and the people who need to hear your message will follow. Place good intentions behind what you do and you can’t lose. I don’t believe in giving up on myself. Something in me refuses to quit because I think about all the people who were almost there but they quit. The “what if” factor keeps me interested in pursuing my goals. When I feel discouraged I ask myself “what if it all turns out even better than I imagined?” Even if I don’t make it to where I want to be before I go, one thing people will be able to say is that I never gave up. I know that I can bet on myself. If I can say I showed up for myself and give it my all. That’s a win and If I did it once I can do it again.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a singer songwriter and curve model. I take pride in making genre- less music. I grew up listening to so many different styles of music and I don’t believe in putting myself in a box. With modeling I love that I’m a lot edgier compared to what’s offered in the plus size industry. I love that I unique and I offer something different from the norm. I’m currently working on my EP and expanding my brand. I’ve been experimenting and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I’ve come so far just in the past year and it hasn’t been easy because I’ve had to over come a lot of mental blocks. I’ve learned to trust myself and my creativity. When people hear my music or come across my work I want them to believe in the impossible. I want them to know that they can do anything and that they aren’t alone in how the feel. I hope that I can be an example of how you can overcome and preserve.
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’m such an introverted little homebody that I love good wine and a movie at home, but if I would say I’d hit up my favorite vegan spots Dommies in Hollywood, Zinc Cafe, Monty’s Good Burger. The Openaire at the line hotel In Ktown for brunch For drinks I love the hidden speakeasies near dtla Good times at Davey Wayne’s is one of my favorites! The reserve is also another fav. For shopping I love vintage and thrifted pieces so I’d go to the training post on Melrose. I’m a sucker for barcades as well The slipper Clutch, Eighty Two, and Angel City Brewery are some of my favorite as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shoutout every person I’ve ever worked with along the way. Anyone who’s ever reached out. I love the experience I get from learning something new and I’m forever grateful when I get the chance to create and collab. Huge shout out to Francis Ramirez for always supporting everything I do and showing up for me. It means the world! I’d also like to give credit to some of the icons I look up to: Rihanna, Beyoncé, Michael and Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Travis Scott, Aaliyah, Naomi Campbell, Ashley Graham because of them I’m a better artist. They’ve opened so many doors that make it possible for artists like me to dream big.