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

Hi Lexi, how do you think about risk?
By nature I am a planner. I’ve always had some sort of plan for my life, especially when it came to my career path. The career paths I’ve envisioned for myself have changed more times than I can remember, but I say all that to say I’ve never been one to take risks until the last four years or so. Looking back, every risk I’ve taken in terms of my career started as a strong gut feeling that I couldn’t shake; often conflicting with what I thought I wanted for myself. Actually, the first big risk I took was deciding to pursue photography as a legitimate career instead of a side hustle. I just got to the point of constantly thinking and learning about photography all day, so I left my social content internship to dive head first into photography. Since then I’ve followed that gut feeling to make every decision from what art school I went to for photography, to the internships I’ve taken, and to my current job remotely creating content for an agency in New York! Taking a risk is the reason why I get to do something creative, stimulating, and fulfilling everyday. I’m not saying that these past few years as a freelancer have gone without obstacles, but I wholeheartedly believe that I would have regretted it more if I never pursued my daydream.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art has gone through a few different phases, but fashion and beauty photography have challenged and stimulated me creatively the most. However, I noticed in editorial spreads in magazines that it was all about the smize and not a lot of joy, so I wanted to change that. I incorporate vibrant colors and joyful, sometimes whimsical, expressions in my work because those are some of the things that bring me joy! Especially during a time like this, more joy is needed in the world and if I can do that through the visual stories I tell, then I am fulfilling what I believe is my purpose. Before pursuing photography as a career, I got a whole Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and an internship at an Ad agency that I loved before realizing that photography actually brought me the most fulfilment. I left that internship and completely drained my savings to pursue photography and go back to school, so it hasn’t been easy and I wouldn’t recommend that, but in my case I wouldn’t trade it. I definitely learned how to hustle during that time! The biggest lesson I learned along the way is to trust my gut. My gut instincts rarely ever agreed with what I wanted for myself, but intuition will lead you down the path that you’re meant to be on. Through that I’ve learned to appreciate where I’m at in my journey. I’ve had so many plans for my life and career that have not come to fruition by any means, but I appreciate all the obstacles and pivots that come my way.

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?
First and foremost I would take them to Slutty Vegan! I was vegan for roughly 3 years, but I have had non-vegan friends and family say they would go back for more. Most of the places i recommend are food related but these are some of my favourite places in Atlanta: The High Museum Piedmont Park Amelie’s Cafe Superica Ponce City Market (especially to try El Super Pan) Little 5 Points Hotel Claremont rooftop

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 thank my teachers and mentors at The Creative Circus for pushing me creatively and offering resources that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Shoutout to mom too for pushing me to go back to school.

Website: https://www.indigotidewell.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/indigotidewell/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexiscott11/

Image Credits
The portrait of myself was taken by Ari Skinner, edited by me.

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