We had the good fortune of connecting with Jae Artiste and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jae, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I started doing makeup when I was seventeen years old. When I started doing makeup, it served as a scapegoat for me. I’ve always been a bright kid but at the same time an introvert so I’ve always internalized everything. I wasn’t as vocal about how things impacted me which caused me to find an avenue that allowed me to express myself. Even as a child, I carried myself maturely and I had already began expressing myself through fashion- styling myself and even customizing my own shoes and creating my own outfit pieces. After fashion, I ventured into hair as self expression, and even drawing and painting. I even had artwork put up in Madison, WI on a billboard as a representation for children. After drawing and painting and learning colors, blends, structures, etc, I knew I wanted to be my own canvas-I would be a representation of my skill, my art. I WOULD BE MY OWN BILLBOARD and my creative persona was officially born! Not only would I be my own billboard but I would use this Avenue to inspire and motivate ones all around the world!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an artist, I am most proud of being able to inspire men and women, adults and children all around the world! Just as makeup became an avenue for me, I want to show others that there are positive ways to express themselves. I even want to be that avenue for people-I want them to look at me and know that I am just a regular human like them with a passion and with perspective. I want people to see me and feel like ANYTHING is possible- dreams really do come true! I chose to specialize in creative looks because they allow me to paint my emotions into art. This year will make five years I am self taught as an artist and it has definitely been far from easy. I have stopped and started so many times, given up so many times, cried so many times, felt lost but I always held on. Why? You have to hold on to whatever brings you that ‘I’m truly happy’ feeling. When you do something and it gives you chills, you feel like “I can do this forever” and you have sleepless nights imagining how happy your life is with that thing- you have to hold on to it and make it what you want it to be- that’s how I keep going! Nothing else makes me happier! Along the way, I’ve learned to create and stay in my own lane. I learned to not compare myself to others and to be ok with individuality. You also have to be a believer in time and manifest what you believe! It is my aspiration in life to become a mentor through beauty, to have my own support groups to normalize mental help for African Americans, and also have my own beauty school! My dreams are beyond me, I want to give back! I am a small city girl from Milwaukee WI, I want to show everyone back home and everyone period that no matter what your circumstances are/were, the sky is never even the limit!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my best friend to my favorite places in Atlanta! We would eat at Old Lady Gang for soul food; Toyin for Nigerian food; Tacos & Tequilas for tacos and tequilas; Egg Harbor Cafe for breakfast and so on! We would visit the Selfie Museum; the Aquarium; iFly for indoor skydiving; the Trap Museum; Painting with a Twist; Andretti for Go-Karts; Spin Art, the list can go on and on! We would also visit some of my favorite bars like CRU Lounge, Atlantis, Miami Lounge, etc. I love to try a variety of things! I just feel like we should be living!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my family and close friends who have pushed me to never give up! Even when I had times where I wanted to stop, they continued to push and support me. I would also like to thank Dick Devenzio for writing ‘Think Like a Champion’ and helping me to have a winner mindset and perspective on chasing my dreams.