We had the good fortune of connecting with amira nailah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi amira, why did you pursue a creative career?
I wanted to be able to do something that would let me express myself. I’ve always been big on self expression, creativity and creation. I can’t see myself doing anything besides something that causes me to think, feel and put passion into it the way art does. There’s room for growth emotionally, mentally, physically– and it requires the deepest parts of you. I like doing things I can actually put my soul and values into. I decided to self-publish my own book at a very young age. I always knew writing would be one career path I would for sure take in life. So, diving into this business was just the action of following my passion and what I believe my life purpose is– which is healing and helping others with my writing. I had to put procrastination, doubt and fear to the side to pursue my calling. It doesn’t stop here, either. I plan to take “amira nailah” very far as a brand… beyond just literature. My love for interior design will come into play at some point down the line as well. Hopefully even sooner than later!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, in the most simple terms, I’m an artist. I’m an author, poet and inspiring interior designer. My interests go further into many other aspects of art, but I definitely don’t prioritize them as much. When it comes to my brand, just know Amira Nailah has a long way to go that includes every single one of my passions. There’s so much more up my sleeve. When it comes to writing, I write for myself and the people who need it. I want my writing to show people their reflections, cause them to have necessary realizations and be something that makes them feel seen and heard. That’s my ultimate goal when it comes to writing, poetry especially. I think I have a passion for healing and comfort. Those two things are what tie my writing and love of design together. I want to create comfortable spaces through interior design and stanzas. In January 2021, I self-published my first collection of poetry and prose, “Sixty: a collection of poetry and inner thought”. This is probably the biggest accomplishment I’ve made in life so far. I feel like I’m on the way to fulfilling my purpose in life. I’m extra proud of myself for this first step on my journey as an author. Publishing the book wasn’t the easiest process. It took a lot of vulnerability and separation from fear that I wasn’t ready for. I overthink way too much, so I held myself back in terms of getting the poetry out. Like I said, I write for myself and the people who need it, so a lot of my work is very personal. I wasn’t ready for the world to see that part of me. Overtime, I just realized that in order to be the person I want to be, and achieve this goal of healing I have, I had to open up. Vulnerability is key. It paid off for sure. I don’t regret a thing. I wish I knew I would feel like this lol. I just want the world to know that things take time, and that art is very exposing. You see every damn part of myself when creating. All of your ugly, all of your golds. It’s confrontational and then it’s liberating.
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?
Honestly, I don’t go out very much, so my answers about to be really basic. If I do, it’s usually just to the park or out to eat somewhere. So, if my best friend came I would have us do that for sure. Piedmont park is HUGE. it’s the biggest park I’ve seen since Central Park. Food wise, one place I’d make sure to go to is Playa Bowls, because we love smoothie bowls. Besides that, we’d find a museum, mad thrift stores and go to five points for sure. Stuff like that… It might not be the best time ever but we’d make it as fun as possible.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I of course want to shoutout my mother and sisters for even inspiring me to write when I was in like third grade. I don’t know if I even would’ve became a writer so early if it wasn’t for how I was raised. Aside from them, I want to thank Theylovefrioo for helping me put together the front and back cover of my book AND for making my interior drawings look the best they could with a little editing. I also want to shoutout Tyler Basa for actually taking the picture that I used for my cover and being the photographer at my book shoot. They were also mad supportive through my whole process. My release wouldn’t have been what it was without them. Lastly, I want to shoutout the ones who pushed me to continue working on this book and getting to the point of releasing it. I get in my head a lot and get into the cycles of doubt and fear. I can definitely thank my close friends for helping me through that and gassing me up to the point where I decided to stop holding myself back. Basically, anyone who genuinely supports me, shoutout to ya. <3
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