The World of Film, As Told by Ogechi Musa

creatives, youtube March 24, 2019

Never have I ever worked on a project quite like this. I’ve worked with many friends, many of whom are uber-talented Creatives. Filmmaker, Ogechi Musa is no different:

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However, this is the first time we’ve recorded ourselves having such a revealing conversation on the economics of being a “starving artist,” creating for the sake of creating, and where she finds inspiration to create award-winning projects:

1. Feature film, “Friction”, centered on a community-led revolution against police brutality

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2.  “The Hodge”, featuring Cleveland-based artists of color who are using their artistic platform to save their artist-living space

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3. “Midst,” a story about two interracial lovers and their struggle between self-identity and societal conformity.

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Catch our entire conversation:

The Business of Photography, As Told By Os Rios

business, know, work, youtube March 13, 2019

I remember the summer that I came up with the name GoKnowWear like it was yesterday. I yearned for a name that cautioned you of the mixed bag of ideas I was about to express:

The ‘Go,’ my travels and places on my wishlist, the ‘Wear,’ the garments that find their way on my skin, but the ‘Know’ was always the challenge. I often questioned:

How do I talk about things I’m interested in, in ways that would interest others too?”

Think-pieces offered a clear and appropriate answer, but even those felt somewhat surface level. I felt I could do more, but what exactly? As you would imagine, my answer came with trial and error.

What began as a quest to teach myself video creation and editing, has now turned into sharing the stories of Creatives and Entrepreneurs. All too familiar with the uncertainty and the long-game, the ascension and the failures along the path of creating a great business, I felt a sense of duty to give others a space to share more than the polished, success story–the grueling parts of building a business.

Thanks to this beautiful thing called Al Gore’s Internet, Oz Rios was the first owner of a creative business I met with. Here is his story:

Finding Good Selfie Lighting at the Marciano Foundation

art, events, los angeles, museums, news, wanderlust, youtube March 10, 2019

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You don’t have to look hard for a photo op in Los Angeles, but Yayoi Kusama’s With All the Tulips, I Pray Forever, showing at the Marciano Foundation, is one of my new favorites.

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Ugo Rondinone, Glenn Ligon and Catherine Opine are mainstays you can’t miss either. But if leaving the house is something you avoid like the plague, as I do, watch Jackie and I explore this magical space.

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Strangers Viewing Art

travel October 28, 2018

Despite years of viewing art, a realization grows anew: there are no perforations, no Right or Left

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We simply Are, in all our fragility. Together, on a floating ball

 

 

 

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Silver-haired couples like teenager couples

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Groups of women like the lone man with a backpack

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They observe observations Someone made before their existence

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The seen and the unseen, the life gurgling inside us.

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The large man in blue and neon green stripes, a petite woman in millennial pink

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People with hands in pocket, hands behind back

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And like Shakespeare said, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.”

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Nothing more, nothing less

 

Lookbook 8.08

fashion August 16, 2018

If you know me, you know that I like to dress up… a lot. But, what does that actually look like in action? Picture me in a hole-in-the-wall bar that smells like stale Bud Light in a faux mink in 10 degree weather. Extra may not even be the word we have to use, but that’s just me.

Growing up, my mom would joke that sale racks gave me hives but, thankfully, my money sensibilities have kicked in since then. Granted, I’m still stan for my investment pieces, but I can’t describe in a safe-for-work fashion the things a good sale does for me.

So, in celebration of dressing up a lot this birthday month, Lookbook 8.08 is all about looking expensive AF for next to nothing.

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Top + Bottom: Keep Your Eyelets Open Bikini set, $15 from Nastygal | Sunnies: You’re So Shady Square Shades, $8 from Nastygal | Location: Hollywood, CA

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Top: H&M (from a couple years ago) | Bottom: Dip Out Bikini, $12 from Nastygal | Sunnies: The Half of it Half Frame Shades, $6 from Nastygal | Location: The LINE Hotel, Los Angeles

…And on to the separatesProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetShake Your Maracas Tie Top, $20 from Nastygal | Sunnies: You’re So Shady Square Shades, $8 from Nastygal | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetTop: Dig Deep Ribbed Crop Top, $8 from Nastygal | Bottoms: On the Loose Pants (from a set), $25 from Nastygal | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

IMG_3022Top: Bell It to My Heart Crop Top, $15 from Nastygal | Jeans: Joes Jeans, ~$70 from Nordstrom Rack | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

…Now, let’s get into some dressesProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: Superwoman Double Layer Dress, $25 from Nastygal | Shoes: Going In for the Frill Heel, $25 from Nastygal | Location: Hollywood, CA

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: Born to Tie Bandeau Dress, $15 from Nastygal | Shoes: Steve Madden (from years ago) | Location: Hollywood, CA

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetProcessed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: Show Me Off-the-Shoulder Dress $18 from Nastygal | Sunnies: Over the Half Moon Shades, $8 from Nastygal | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetDress: $25 from Forever21 | Shoes: Embossed Leather Wedges $90 from Zara | Location: Clairbnb, Las Vegas

In conclusion, I think we–aka me, myself and I, made it work for a steal. Now, how’s that for a happy ending?! Happy shopping friends.