We had the good fortune of connecting with Isna Tianti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isna, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
One piece of conventional advice that I was given that I disagree regarding my gifts was to “ Focus only on one talent/gift.” As a creative, I am created in the image of The Most High; therefore, it is possible to have multiple gifts and simultaneously work on them all and be proficient in them all.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
ITS is not only the 3 initial’s of my full name but ITS my brand. Everything I create begins with “ITS” which the mission is: Inspiring Through Sharing via all creative forms. Getting to where I am today creatively has not been easy, yet I am grateful because it has become my saving grace therapeutically. As a child I have always taken a likening to art. However, it was when I became a teenager going through various deaths of family and friends, being displaced, and feelings of insecurity that I began writing poetry and creating greeting cards as well art in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The only thing I can say was easy as it pertains to where I am today, is knowing The Most High GOD would never put more on me than able to carry. I knew I was spared to share and use my gifts for a greater good. How I navigated on this journey to develop that innerstanding, was in no way an easy task. Trauma plagued me after serving in the military and grief after my mother’s transition. I grieved her loss longer than I anticipated I ever would. I have endured many setbacks mentally and physically, yet creativity has been my go to place for self healing. Year 2020 unbelievably, has been a blessing in disguise. Had Covid19 restricting travel and shutting down the states, my state of mind would have not been forced to shift gears spiritually, mentally, emotionally nor financially. I was forced to pause. Unbeknownst to me, I learned that I literally was spinning wheels like a hamster. I was doing things, but was not making nearly the impact I could have if I were to sit down and analyze how to organize my home life, personal and business life. I learned incorporating a business was more than just registering the name. It involved “incorporating” a plan, to intentionally strategize for growth, organization, balancing finances and to project where I was going. I learned from business woman extraordinaire Trina Newby, that creatives have a difficult time balancing creative efforts and business endeavors. My lesson was, I could not address what I failed to acknowledge. All I desired to do was create, not realizing my focus needed to be balanced on the logistics of my business equally. Creating is fine, but what comes next if no promoting or advertising of what I created was implemented? Now, I have sought out assistance in learning the challenging roles yet also delegating others to work in areas I am not strong in. What I desire the world to know about me and my brand is- ITS all encompassing of what is Unlimited for my company and personally. Whatever anyone has endured negatively, be certain it was to catapult you into a greater version of you. What seemed was meant to break you, really was designed to build you. Remember it’s unlimited to you too to fearless pursue all you desire and were sent to this earthly realm to do. I operate in several art forms. Visual, Spoken Word, wearables as well consumable. It is my purpose and mission to Inspire Through Sharing; as the acronym ITS represents. It’s a lie saying the sky is the limit; there are no limits to theses skies. So, I use all my “Unlimited” (dif-abilities) instead of disabilities, gifts and talents to inspire others. Be it my visual artistry, written books spoken words , gratitude notes, personalized greeting cards, wearable t-shirts, as well my ITS Ginger Tea products. I want people to remember ITS Unlimited LLC as a company that seeks to inevitably, touch, and speak to the total spirit, mind and body collectively through all forms of artistry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The best places I would recommend Pre/Post Covid, First, would be to greet them with a personalized handcrafted card from ITS Unlimited LLC welcoming them to Atlanta. if hungry, I would take them to 1.Tassili’s Raw Reality to partake of a healthy and delectable kale wrap. 2. Take a stroll through the West End showing the diversity of the rich culture and community. 3. Visit Amicalola Falls or Indian Springs National Park. 4. Tour of MLK Center 5. Urban Grind Coffee for Spoken Word 6. High Museum of Art 7. St. James Live for a live concert and to wind down I would tell them to visit 8. IWI Farm Oasis for all their spiritual, mental, and physical needs. Then play it by ear of whatever else they would like to do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My father Allen Williams who is simply AmazKing. My late mother Darlene Anderson, Baba Ed for showing me at 82 purpose never dies. My brother Derek E. Anderson author of Playtime Is Over, and it is! Ahlumba Harris of “Handmade Peach LLC” This is my sister and her ability to overcome hardships and still successfully brim her business currently as a single mother inspires me to keep going.
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