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Episode 6 · 1 year ago

NAOMI DOUGLAS | TALENTED BAJAN ENTREPRENEURS | Wuh Yuh Say Podcast

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Join myself and Young Entrepreneur, Creator and Artist...Naomi Douglas in my podcast. I'll discuss anything given to me that may be a concern to persons today. Sooo.... LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS!!!! and maybe just maybe your topic will be in the next episode!

Hey, guys, are welcome backto another when you said podcast, guys, in this episode today I have avery, really talented female with me. She's from Barbados. She's no overseas. She's an artist, graphic designer and she's she's very talented. I'mnot trying to diminish any other person's or just trying to pick her up toomuch. She's actually talks to some he's go and check her out, aswell as check o the person that is the face of this shirt as well, because it's name is Raymar Walters. I'm just trying to boost some barbadiantalent, ray and truly in these next two episodes. So go and checkout him. His account on instagram will be linked down below. It's MarsTimes Pluto, guys, or Mars X pludo. It maybe wanted to andI may be wrong, but it's Raymart and go and check out this shirt, as well as go and check out doing next upcoming person in this episode, guys, and then been Naomi, and you guys will enjoy this episode. Welcome to Wa say podcast near me. You you have a number of differentart pieces. You have your own business in terms of dealing with theshoes, now that I've seen which you design parts shoes. What else isthere? I also do graphic design or Chey art. I do paddle.Perhaps it's really goes on. I just do whatever people like approach me withus art. Wise I take new endeavors or try to try and things out. So it's a long list. and was art always like a passion ofyours, or is it something that you just picked up on the way duringschool? I've been drawing since I was really small and what really like startedit was when I will be sitting on my brother watching him draw and I'lltry to copy him and I'll try to...

...do it as good as him,but then I tried out to be better than him. So I've always sinceprimary school, I've always been drawing. So it's been a passion for areally long time. Yeah, I'm obviously, you know, carry that overseas nowin obviously college, university now, and you recently were in the youhad you were in an art gallery with those two magnificent pieces, I mustsay, with the the pieces of the heir of the block here. Imean, what inspired you to do those pieces, especially those those pieces perse. Thank you so much for that. First of all, and the firstthing, I was approached by one of the girls at my school sayingthat they're going to have a art gallery and they wanted to meet the presenta work there, and it was the there was the university African Student Association. So it was it was doing like black culture and stuff like that.So I really wanted to do something that kind of portrayed that and I choseto do here for the specific reason that, as a black woman growing up,as a black child, I hated my hair for a very long time. You know, that's something that's common for black girls when we're growing up. We don't really like our here. So I wanted to do a piecethat kind of portrayed like here in a beautiful way that, you know,like like a protective scut styles the curly like the little curls that we have, like I wanted to like show that it's really beautiful. So that wasthe main purpose behind those pieces. Yeah, I'm just staying on the whole topicof being black and black is mattern movement. I mean, you're inAmerica now, so I mean you would have be witnessing somebody protests. I'msure even if you were taking part in some of them yourself. But howhow is it like being over there and experiencing it, because in Barbados wewouldn't really have that like as it is in America per se. Yeah,well, like when I first moved to America, obviously I definitely had tolike be faced with the fact that racism over here is so much different fromBarbados, you know, like it's very, very real over here. You seeit constantly. I have an older...

...brother of mine, he starts skinand I used to worry about him driving and getting pulled over, because that'sthat's of really happens over here. But I would say that with the wholeGeorge Floyd and the protests I've been happening over here, it's a very liketight energy, like I feel like everybody is, and it's good to seeeverybody kind of like, like you, like a unity among everybody, likeeverybody's feeling the same way. We're already fighting for justice and stuff like that, so it's good to see. But I would say that it's like akind of gloomy energy over here. I would definitely say I know a lotof friends who were partaking in the protest and you know, they were two, like they're telling me. How is sad, like they even when theyare protesting, like they they were emotional, you know I mean. So Iwould just say that, like, I've never experienced anything like this,but it's happening for a good reason, so I definitely stand by it.That's that's actually really, really good that you would have been able to experienceit for a time, because I'm really not many persons would be able toexpress themselves or know anything about it really and truly unless they do experience itfirst hand. I mean you will witness sometimes, you just said, butI mean you expressed it in your art, form of it really, in termsof on canvas per se. But how do you think you could expressthe ballets matter movement into know, Your Business and in ant are like hotsand even shoes now, because me, you have these shoes. Know thatyou just did. Um, I guess I would say that recently I've beentrying to like, well, not really from well, from my business.I've been like telling, I've been kind of advertising the fact that I amabout own business. I'm a small business, like, but I've also been inI'm not only in terms of my business, but other people's businesses,I've been trying to put my money towards other black businesses, particularly, likeI feel like the power of the back dollar is is really strong. Asanother thing I learned over here, like due to the whole racism stuff,like people really pay attention to who owns...

...like which, like black people whoown certain areas, and where we send our money towards and what we putour money towards. So I definitely in terms of my business, I amnot sure exactly how I would incorporated, I guess, but in terms ofother businesses, I definitely know that I just want to spending money towards them. Yeah, I'm just staying on Your Business. Mean, obviously you're arttalented in terms of being a graphic designer and are dealing with art, buthadn't do what was the whole idea behind shoes and being at a graphic designerreally and truly? Okay, so I started off with my main thing whenI was growing up and everything, it was always drawing. I learned whenI see something, I always used to like look at a form. Iwould know how I wanted to draw it. I'll put it on b a wheenof people, a would say is very good. So that's how Icould go into portrait and reread it, like realism kind of portraits, andthat's always why I stuck by. But in two thousand and nineteen, Isaid that I was going to start graphic designing because I'm a type of personI hate being still, like I don't like being in one ear. Ilike to explore, like to train things. I was like, you know what, twenty nine came, I would try do graphic designing and I startedit and I ended up being great at it and I got photoshop and Istarted learning it. When people started asking you for flyers and I started gettinggood old like okay, I like this too, and then I said thislike last year again. I said, you know, I want to dosomething else, and over here they have fraternities and sororities and they do alittle big paddles. So I said, I'm with that, and I wasgood at that too, and people were giving me money to do those thingsand I was like, okay, you know, that's a good thing.And then coming on to the shoe customs, the shoe customs were just, honestly, I just honestly just be bored, like I be bored. I wantedto try any things, and then it turn out good and people arelike you should sell it, and I'm like, you know what, youknow, you're right, but I would just summit down, to stay inthat I am at. I don't like to be still. I like toexplore other art forms that I still have...

...so much more like like art formsI want to try out that I haven't got to yet. So yeah,yeah, and I mean if you guys want to check up these shoes atlong they'll be linking description. Don't those. You can go and tech diesel.But I mean they're all very, very, very ready. Well done. there. She hand paints them herselves. I mean you don't putty tape onthe shoe and everything. I know a better right. are like kids. I mean, I understand my work. This must be in your story.One time I saw you had where a person was complaining that it wereso expensive. But I mean, once you understand that you han't paint allof them. Take us a long time, really and truly. But I mean, I mean it's really, really good that you are doing different customswith shoes, art forms and whatever. As you said, but I meanyou call you you you have the business on your art and everything with art, but how far do you think that you can't take it? And Allfor? Would you let it take it or it's just a site hustle orsomething? That's an interesting question that I was actually thinking about the other day. But when I when I tell people that I have a premied sting,they're very surprised. You're like, why are you premed? Are you doall right? The yeah, because I am my dream jow like, guesswhat? I'm aspiring to use to be a plastic surgeon, and the reasonfor that is just plastic surgery is art, you know, it's one of thesurgeries and right, that's why I'm really drawn to it. I'm readyto biology and I I love take the human body. So when I tellthem and I pretiother like that's so weird because you know you do art andstuff like that. So, like in college it definitely was a side hustle, like I just like I do everything. Would come to me to get moneyat then give them a product. They like it, and that's justto give me a little extra money in college, because you know, collegeis hard being out here by yourself. And but I will say that I'vebeen recently thinking about it because I guess...

...the like the many reason I stuckto it as a site house. Always some people like I'm never going toactually be artist and like I just do this on a side. It isn'tusually because, like I know that in my head I'd be thinking, all, artist don't make that much money. I can't make a living off ofart. Like I just this is I'm going to be something that I couldpay my rent with and like, who would you know? I mean so, like I was like no, I just don't see that happening, butI was talking to my grandma the other day and I was saying that shewas telling me that, you know, like you can't make a living offof it and like if you enjoy it and it makes you happy, likethat is definitely something you could do, like as opposed to go to medschool and yes, dressed though, and and you know, just going throughall of that. You know. So I am still thinking about that questionif I'm going to continue it. But yeah, and now I would sayit's definitely still a side hup. So, but it does have a possibility tobecome impute. And you know well I mean as it is a sayHussle. I mean as most businesses. You would have experienced different challenges,especially recently with the old the covid nineteen everything with that, with certain businesseslosing sales and whatever. But aside from Covin, why are you are someof the challenges that they you find that you have with, if it's notclients or customers, people in general, way when you have to sell themyour product? Huh, I would say that for sure. I this isprobably a common one for all art like businesses or our creatives and stuff likethat, is pricing. People like just can't get their head wrapped around aprice at the artist sets, and that's because I don't people like see artpeace that they're like, Oh, you know that? That can't take thatlong. You know, I mean like I don't know why you charge amuch, much money, but they don't understand that energy the time behind it. So I would definitely say they when people approach me for portraits, youknow, I like they're like a couple...

...they want to portrait and I tellthem a price, like what that's like? That's a high and I'm like.Well, you do understand that. I my style up drawing is veryrealistic, so I take a lot of time to shade a note. Youknow I mean. So I'm not going to do that for fifty. Youknow I mean. So I definitely said pricing. And then for another one, I would say is like difficult customers. Sometimes people are like, I don'tknow, they're just very and that's just comes with working with people.Like other people they're very like some people are rude, some people are likeuncreatful, I guess you can say. But I had a live very well. I am like a customer service type of person, so I just,you know, smell through it. But I would say those are that reallytwo days challenges, and I mean on social media. Recently, along withthat, like mind, there's been a lot of the whole thing with theolder generation maybe that are kind of playing onto the younger generation of females andwhatever it is with sexual abuse and everything now. So I mean, Iwouldn't want you to express yourself in any experience that you may have gone through, but how do you think that you can? What, what advice wouldyou give the persons that may be going through it, because I know somepeople look at art as stress reliever and saying. So wide advice would youkind of give to a personal that? I guess the like, the biggestlike advice go to give to somebody. Speak Out, and speaking out isn'tnecessarily mean just talking and saying your experience and stuff. If that's what youwould, you you can. But, as you said, art is expressive. You can speak out through your art. You could. That's what you liketo do. Speak and make a piece, speak out and I writea poem, speak out and make a video of like something you like,you know, like channel that and create...

...something. You know I mean becauseI've talked to people who have been in situations like that and they told methat like when they create something that. I know a girl who she wasin a situation of that and she made, she like wrote a little poetry bookand she told me that it felt so good to really say stuff it. So I'd say that's my main advice. I can't I can't say my experienceof that because I've never had an experience as such, but I wouldsay I guess that's probably the best I like. Well, I mean thankyou for joining me today. Before I do close off everything with you outtrue, is there any person, anybody that like are you want to letshout or gift thanks to it? I would have helped you along the wayin terms of your business or anything, a person's overseas or person's in Barbados, anybody? I would definitely want to show tout my best friend, aBeyo me. He is a videoographer, a photographer, graphic designer, hedoes it all. Just let me. He's super talented and Barbados and hisname on Instagram is Wolf Jag and real loyter. I think that is ait, but I definitely want so to a be on me. So ifhe's listening as down yes, and if anything, you can send me thelink and I will definitely try to put it inside the description down below disso you guys can go and check out her and her best friend. Asshe's saying, she's currently on four hundred and forty years followers on her niceout studio call on instagram. Somebody's please going to follow her, and she'svery talented. I mean, I'll you, throughout this video you will be seeingpictures at the bottom of the screen of multiple talented pieces. I meanthis is crazy, like she even did a piece that was with a babywith charcoal, and that's crazy. I think I did make your piece,are but I mean this is this is mad. What you guys say ifshe's not taking this as her major really, I mean, you can see howmuch talent about probably is this produced, guys. So I mean thanks againthen, with for joining me always a podcast. It was a pleasureto speak to you about Your Business,...

...on your art and everything that wediscussed today. And guys, are they said again, follow her on instagram. Subscribe down below if you are new it. Wo Bell in down belowas well, and I will see you, guys in another video. Thank youso much.

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