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

Hi Isaiah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The beginning of my modeling and creative directing journey all started when I first entered college. As a new kid on the block that was just entering their first moment of freedom, I will say that finding my niche in the beginning was less than easy. There were many things such as sports, and other activities that did not stick well with me. It wasn’t until my 19th birthday when my friend and fellow photographer, AlaniArtistry convinced me to do a photoshoot. That day on January 22nd changed my entire life because that was the moment I finally discovered what I truly enjoyed. From then on, I took it upon myself to develop my craft and keep challenging myself to step out of the box with my creative visions in the terms of fashion and concepts. I made it a goal to continue working with different photographers with different aesthetics to showcase the versatility in my skills. I took upon another challenge of becoming a creative director naming the brand, De’Zhigns which is a replica of designs and my middle name De’Zhan with the mission to help and inspire other individuals wanting to step out of their comfort zone and build confidence through the vision of art and fashion. My goal through out my whole process is to show that anybody from a small town can achieve their goals as long as their passion and will to never give up never decreases.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey has not been the easiest. Being a college student while also working and wanting to follow your passion has been a struggle but has taught me wonderful life lessons. While wanting to achieve my goal as a model, it was also my goal to follow through with an equivalent duty which was earning my degree. Accomplishing both goals taught me the power of balance and three important strengths that will benefit me in the future. Those three strengths include organizational skills, time management, and responsibility. There are also moments when I come across creative blocks, but I make it my obligation to take my time and never rush the process. Some of my greatest accomplishments so far that I am most grateful for is being featured in CultureIcon for my first ever project , Golden Affair. My work has also allowed me to be showcased in a variety of fashion shows, winning favorite runway model, and modeling and becoming an influencer in different clothing brands such as ICONSWIM and RichRoyal.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Three special photographers I would love to give thanks to Brinoellephotos, Alanaiiartistry, and the brand Glossedbynae for always being willing to challenge their abilities and skills with different concepts. They are also three of the first photographers that was willing to give me a chance and help expand my modeling and creative ideas.

Instagram: @isaiahdezhan @dezhigns__

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isaiah-wallace-171030204

Image Credits
Creative Director (myself) Photographers @brinoellephotos and @Alanaiiartistry

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