We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianna Wise-Riley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brianna, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Life is the perception that you create in your mind first. When an individual formulates an idea/goal in their head, it’s the thoughts around that goal that should ignite action towards achieving the steps to success. To know whether to keep going or give up is based on faith and results. As long as you keep faith that you will be successful, and you stay consistent with putting forth the effort, the rewards of your faith will produce the results you desire. Giving up is easy, but giving up means you doubted the idea from the beginning. Occasionally, we experience the ups and downs of life but that is called living. It’s in the struggle where we breed the momentum to keep going because we know the results can be mind blowing. Instead of giving up, take the time to re-evaluate your idea, maybe your approach was wrong, or the time you set for goal wasn’t lengthy. Anything is possible, so long as you believe!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art is healing for me, it allows me to express myself and transform who I am over and over again. As a music artist I am able to uplift, promote healing and joy; as well as tell my story of emotions through my vibrational words. As a nail technician I express my art with a tiny brush and I get to see how my hands make others feel confident and sexy. Music has been apart of my life since I was in the 5th grade, I began writing music and my words were how I felt about myself and life around me. After graduating college I decided to become an artist and pursue music full time as BWIZE, and r&b/soultress/rapper. My style is unique but what makes it so fun is that I’m just being myself, and I’m being honest with myself. Nails and music go hand and hand because what female artist doesn’t want beautiful nails to showcase. My nails exemplifies my creativity with how I present myself, sometimes they are fun and colorful, other times classy and boujee. I pursued my nail career in 2018 when I decided to quit my government job and go to Beauty school full time to get my license. It wasn’t easy being an entrepreneur especially as a beginner nail technician. I do my own marketing and I had to practice a lot to stay up to date on all the nail trends. I used to friends nails for free to gain exposure on social media or just word of mouth. 2 years later all my business comes from social media or word of mouth and I gain new clients every month. In 2019 I wanted open up my own nail salon, I put together a business plan and reached out to some investors and I got one offer but it was contingent upon me getting another investor to invest as well. I didn’t know where to start or how to seriously find other investors, so I deduced to come up with a different approach. In 2020 the pandemic sparked creativity for me everyone was struggling in some way. I had to get innovative so in the fall of 2020 I purchased a school bus in which I’m converting into a mobile nail salon. This step in my career is huge for me because I own my business out right and I have full creative control. I am so excited for what 2021 has in store for me and my nail career. As for music I secured a manager who is going to help me through my music career and help me reach my goals as an independent artist. Lookout for me in 2021 as I will be doing big things! I want the world to see how talented I am in every aspect, but also how I keep the faith. Life is truly what you make it, and I have the opportunity just like others to make it mine. My goal is to inspire and love on others through this journey. I love connecting with my community this world. I can help change the world one smile at a time. To teach is to demonstrate, so I hope my actions/words inspire others to go be themselves and be great at it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Traveling is so me, and well food we stick together like glue! I live in Atlanta, Georgia so I definitely would invite them to breakfast at Nana’s Chicken and Waffles, after that we could go to Piedmont park and paint and walk. A great brunch spot would be the southern gentleman and after we could go to a museum or art show. With the pandemic going on a camping trip would be awesome. Anywho for lunch we could have authentic Mexican food at Don Chon or El Patron. Some of the best fried chicken ever is at Choong Man Chicken. For a great ambiance dinner we would go to Parkside District the food is delicious. To hang out with good drinks, food and just a great environment, we would go to New Orleans Daiquiri I love that spot it’s always a nice crowd. For a spectacular Instagram picture worthy restaurant I would say the Garden Room. Georgia has some pretty awesome state parks so any park would be a great adventure.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
God blessed me with an amazing support system my husband, son, my mother, my father, my brother, my grandparents, my bestfriends, my mother in law, my sister in law, friends and acquaintances have all helped me in many ways towards success in my journey. I am very appreciative of all their support and encouragement.

Website: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2IOY173Hn3YpT8LMqJE1eK?si=8h_9nb_dRByYpkSCBBatug
Instagram: @luvenails & @goddessbwize by
Facebook: LuVe Nails Beauty & Bar

Image Credits
Kurt Holder and Tevin Woodruff

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