Since I graduated from VCU I’ve started my own clothing brand called Chilalay with four of my friends. I’ve been able to go full time in my art career. I have never liked working for anyone else so my artwork and my family have been the driving factors that push me to go hard. I have the mindset that if you want something, then you find a way to make it happen. Since I have my own brand it allows me to make more things happen. My friends and I have put together multiple art shows along the east coast. These art shows have helped other artists and myself gain more recognition for our artwork. The future is looking bright; I’m just trying to get better and inspire other creatives to go for their dreams.
What have you been up to since graduating from VCU?
Since I’ve graduated VCU in 2012, I have been an artist full time and have become an entrepreneur in the field of art & fashion.
What advice would you give a current VCU Sculpture student?
Sculpture is what you make it. If you want to learn how to do something, then just go do it and don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. I learned a lot from trial and error the biggest thing I learned is not to give up.
How did VCU prepare you for your current situation?
VCU made me want more! I wanted to do more than just sculpture; I wanted to learn graphic design and fashion too.
How do you define success?
To me success is being able to wake up every day, and get paid to do what you love.
Why did you decide to study sculpture?
I didn’t choose sculpture on purpose. In Art Foundation I wanted to go into Communication Arts, Graphic Design and lastly Sculpture. I didn’t take it seriously at first but over time I began to love it.