We had the good fortune of connecting with Khadijah Grier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Khadijah, why did you pursue a creative career?
I love this question because the creative career chose me. I’ve often tried to take a more corporate approach and i’m drawn back to my creative roots every single time. I love to create. I love art. I am very passionate about my creative side and what I produce to the world creatively. My mind continues to grow every day and there is so much more to come.
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.
To begin, at this time in my life, I am most proud of the launching of my brand/lingerie business, DIJ. Building a business and a foundation is not the easiest thing when you’re working with such a tight budget as well as not really knowing what to do and what approach to take. I’m the first in my family to really start a business so I’m out here just getting as much knowledge as I can. I often tell myself to keep my feet moving. It’s so easy to stop, especially when you’re not seeing big money numbers. I’m focused on what’s ahead of me and not so much of how much I’m making right now. This is something that I enjoy and I know that if I keep going and keep trying different things I will succeed. I plan to continue to model with the DIJ brand and brand myself in a more creative light, such as, producing creative content for my business and other artists/businesses.
www.xodij.com is where you can check my business out. We have lots of more things to come very soon. <3
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my friend to downtown Atlanta first, where there is a lot of historical places and streets, and then I would take them to the buckhead area. I love to try different restaurants and lounges, Atlanta is full of them.
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?
I would like to shoutout to my mother because she has always pushed me to do what I feel and would rather me do the things I am passionate about. I know some people don’t look at creative jobs as real jobs. She’s never tried to force a corporate way of life on me and I am just so thankful.
Instagram: @xo.dij @its_khadijah
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