We had the good fortune of connecting with Daisha Peeks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daisha, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks has played a huge part in my life! I have learned to open up more and get out of my comfort zone. I have seen major improvements in my career by simply stepping out of my comfort zone. It is so easy to stay in your box, but you will never get anywhere without risk. We want to do what we know because it is familiar and you do not have to worry about the unknown. Fear holds us back from achieving and experience everything life has for us. I have taken my hobbies and passions and turned them into paid skills thanks to risks. I look at things so much differently now and have noticed a boost in my confidence. Others will notice as well and will want to take part whether it’s supporting your business or just simply being around you. Things that used to seem intimidating now excite me! I know by taking risks I will learn lessons and gain experience that I can then apply to my work and life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an actor, I learned that you do not have to be just one thing. I love being creative in all parts of my life. I recently turned my love of thrifting into a business. I learned that through my other passions I can still stay creative. I am constantly working my creative muscle and staying on my toes through all my adventures. I got to where I am today by simply letting go of any doubts, of course, I still have some but the initial push of dropping everything really helped. I had no plan, but I knew if I didn’t do anything new I’d never get to where I wanted to be. It definitely was not easy, you have to keep faith when you are not financially stable to achieve your dreams. I have learned to keep faith in knowing that I have a purpose. I want the world to know that my brand is based on my struggles. I have learned to save whenever I can and want to help others pursue their passions while staying within budget as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I recently toured my own city for my boyfriend’s birthday last year and then again due to COVID-19 and having to change to a staycation. I have visited museums, the Georgia Aquarium, Coca Cola factory and tried lots of new restaurants. Thank you delivery apps! We definitely would have to start early because breakfast is my favorite meal and there are so many great brunch spots to eat at now! Flying Biscuit has amazing grits, Bailey’s coffee has great donuts, and we have to eat at a Waffle House just because we’re in the south. Then for lunch, we have to get some chicken. Whether it’s fried or bbq there are some southern favorites in Atlanta and you can never go wrong with wings. As an actor in the city, we would have to go see a play or a movie. There are many great theater companies around Georgia and there are soo many productions filmed here every year! Hey, Tyler Perry do you do tours? As one of the largest studios in the country, we’d have to get immersed in the art culture here. We could do a stroll through Old Fourth Ward to the Beltline or Castleberry hill then Krog street. I would also be down to go to Little Five Points, Ponce City Market, or Lennox to do some shopping. However, as a thrifter, I will be showing them how to spot a deal. At the end of the week, we can grab some ice cream from the many dessert spots and have a mini picnic in Centennial Olympic Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are soo many people and things I use to motivate me in my everyday life that I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to one. I will however start with my support system my friends, and my family. Having people you can tell your ideas, hopes, and dreams is important. You need people that will help support you when you want to try out something new because sometimes you need that extra push to get you going. These people will hold you accountable but will also let you know you are not alone! The idea of profiting from things I love came from many places, but one person, in particular, Bonnie Gillespie actually gave me the steps I needed to make it happen. I recommend subscribing to her newsletter because there are always helpful tidbits in there. Michelle Obama, Issa Rae, and Mindy Kaling are also huge motivators to me because I get most of my ideas from seeing the lack of representation in many areas and wanting to do something about it.