We had the good fortune of connecting with Ella Rae and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ella, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honestly? Being creative was my happy place when I was in pain. This method allowed me to express my pain in a healthy way and create a positive outcome from it. As a child, my mother put me in art therapy sessions to teach me how to handle my emotions when it was time to venture out into the real world. Therefore, being creative was all I knew how to do.

Initially I drew, then produced and wrote my own songs. They were more for me than for the audience. I even attended a music camp to further my knowledge. After that, I started teaching dance in my neighborhood at age 12 to keep kids off the streets. We hit a max of 30 kids per class. At 15, I became interested in journalism and storytelling. In the following year, I published my first publication. It needed a website for marketing. Since I couldn’t afford the most professional web design for the publication, I learned how to build the website myself instead of giving up. That was the beginning of my web design career. In the end, the result was a creative arts career. Never once did I move away from it.

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.
I believe my ability to understand and not follow trends makes me unique. After reaching a certain level in your career, some people forget that they were once up and coming. In my industry, for example, there was always a way to do this or do that right, but no one dared to try something new. I feel like I am one of those people. My creative style isn’t ‘traditional’.

The most proud thing about my career is the people I have been able to work with over these years. There are times when I am surprised at the ‘Yeses’ I get from people who seem difficult to reach.

If you are from where I am, nothing is easy. There were no tools available to make it easy for us. If you had a mother like mine, you improvised and learned how to use different tools for the same goal, essentially thinking outside of the box. It may have taken longer, and it may have been harder, but you got there. It was still a win for you. You changed lives nonetheless. Now, you can share those tools with others in similar situations.

My brand and I are here solely to create positive change and share tools to help others do the same. There is nothing wrong with walking alone, but understand that you aren’t the only one walking alone where you are.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my interview to my mother because even when she didn’t have it, she found a way and she taught me the ability to find a way and think outside of the box.

Website: https://reignlandcreatives.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ellaaudreyrae

Facebook: https://facebook.com/ellaaudreyrae

Other: Publication: fleurirmag.com

Image Credits
These images all belong to Reignland Creatives LLC / Ella Audrey Rae

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