We had the good fortune of connecting with Miah Giavonni and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miah, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I saw a tweet a few months back by my good sis, Elaine Welteroth. She said, “Be patient with yourself. Nothing blooms all year.” It simply reminds me of life’s reality. Change is inevitable and we will always be transitioning into new. And sometimes that means shutting everything down to reconnect with or love on the inner and most challenging parts of ourselves (or our businesses). To be completely transparent: this is the season I’m serving at this moment. I’m learning to be more patient and obedient as I lean into knowing what my mind, body and spirit needs. At this time, I need stillness, reflection and rest. It doesn’t mean I’ve quit nor does it mean I’ll be behind. I believe it means that in order for me to plan properly and continue producing great work, I must be content, graceful and gentle throughout this period. Before I even truly know what’s next.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I believe I’m an artist by no surprise. I come from generations of storytellers and have always been extremely fascinated with Black art (visual, theater, film/TV, music, dance, beauty etc.) no matter the design. Bridging the gap amongst generations and continuing my elders legacy through creative producing is kind of my thing. I’m from Atlanta, but currently live and work in the film/television industry in Los Angeles. The journey has definitely been one to remember in the best of ways and I’m learning so much about myself every year. I wouldn’t call the journey so far easy, but I’ve been blessed with an outstanding support system who’s been there every breath and step of the way. I overcome challenges by taking time to reflect and problem solve how I can recover or do better in the future. Once you know that you don’t know everything (because who actually has it all figured out? …I’ll wait), you’ll start to take the pressure off. Especially if you’re approaching a new adventure for the first time. I’m working on understanding that my mistakes exist only to make me a sharper human being and help the next person recover better. As I continue to grow (because I believe I am just beginning the real process), I’m finding that my passion lies in telling uplifting stories (with no limited medium) about who I am and where I come from with the people I love. And when I say who I am and where I come from, I mean Black people. Black culture. Black wealth. Black history. Black royalty. All things Black. I do nothing without intention to root for and represent us well. I’m most proud about the genuine network surrounding me and the community of other incredible artists I’ve met. As I reshape my creative platform, I want to be mindful that my gifts are not to be kept inside and don’t ultimately belong to me. My purpose and greatest achievement will be the doors built, opened and lives impacted. I’m looking forward to it.
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.
Oh, I like dis! So, honestly, I’m not. a huge planner. Very much of a “go with the flow” and “be where I wanna be, when I wanna be” kind of sis. But do know this: we’re going to American Deli, eating fried everything, doing ratchet things in east Atlanta and Midtown and exploring “new Atlanta” because….I’m still learning how to enjoy my home city as a whole grown adult. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
In my best church auntie voice* Giving honor to God who is the head (and tail) of my life. And in my best Tabitha Brown voice * Ooo, God, we thank, YOU!!!” My spiritual walk and support system is 1000% why I keep going and and remain some kind of level headed. Sometimes I wonder how I’d even function without my magical village. To my forever inspirational mommie, grandma, therapist, aunties, uncles, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and all my friends and cousins, gods and goddesses, queens and kings, everybody and everything all across the world: whoever has ever, taken time to love on/look out for me in anyway (seen or unseen), taught me anything or shared amazing moments with, I thank you for journeying with ya girl thus far! From the bottom of my soul.