We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikeha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mikeha, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
There is a plethora of things that people are unaware of about art and about being an artist. The biggest thing, I would say is that people think what we do is easy and it’s nothing like that at all. Yes were born with talents but that doesn’t make it easy. We always get hit with the “I wish I could just sit at home all day and draw” like were children scribbling on the sidewalk. Art is nothing like that. Our souls are literally being poured into each piece with correction after correction to make the perfect painting. We also have to have customer service skills, know how to run a business, and know how to balance our personal lives all in one.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I got where I am today with a lot of hard work and consistency. Even when my art was okay I remained diligent throughout it all. I always look for ways to improve my art and people skills. One of my biggest challenges was getting over potential clients ghosting me after I gave them a price. It use to hurt my feelings. Now I have people paying what I charge and adding tips. I’ve learned that just because I think something should be a certain way doesn’t mean that I can’t do it better. I’ve also learned that people who doubted you will try to remain contact with you just to say they know you. I’ve lost connection with those types of people and remained close to those who see a bright future ahead within me. I’m not even where I want to be yet. I have so much to learn and more of my journey to share with you all. My brand started when I had flashbacks of people saying “You can’t do art as a fulltime job”.. ! I laughed and now I’ve proven them wrong. It’s only up from here. I want the world to know that I’m coming back with so much force and grace with the help of God!
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 them to Bones and Canoe! They’re two of the best restaurants in to visit in Atlanta! I would also take them to The Battery! It’s so fun and full of things to do there. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a huge shoutout to God for giving me this talent. I’m still amazed when I create something. My husband also deserves the biggest shoutout. He helped me get back into art and makes me feel like I’m one of the greatest artists to ever live. I also want to give a shout-out to my family and close friends. They’ve been so supportive and I couldn’t have a better team around me. Especially right now. I am truly blessed.