We had the good fortune of connecting with Nakiya Gorham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nakiya, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I genuinely have had a passion for art ever since I could imagine. So me creating a digital magazine only made sense! I love a good aesthetic, but art is not only limited to paintings and photography. Fashion, modeling, music, etc. are all forms of art and I try my hardest to showcase that in my magazine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The pandemic definitely was God’s timing because it allowed me to be able to focus solely on the magazine. I knew by the end of 2019 that I was going to create a digital magazine publication. HOWEVER, I didn’t know that I was going to actually have the time to do it, since I am a full-time college student. It was definitely difficult trying to balance school and my passion but once the pandemic hit I had nothing but time. I was able to really move in silence and surprise people with what I was working on for the last few months when quarantine first started. I learned patience, throughout this whole process and I’m still learning. I am blessed enough to have international talent in all of my issues. Talent from Korea, Paris, Berlin, etc.. However, acquiring the talent was difficult between time zones and language barriers but, we still prevailed! I want people to know when they see my brand, that it’s not just me. My magazine serves no purpose if I’m not uplifting and showcasing other creatives’ work. Our purpose is to help highlight other creatives’s work and be the stepping stone for their work to be in a publication.
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?
Okay okay, if you’re coming to Atlanta first I say go to the nearest CVS and get tested because we can’t be spreading germs in the city. FOOD: So food wise you have to go Mezcalito’s if you’re craving Mexican food, South City Kitchen in Buckhead, Eight Sushi Lounge, Breakfast at Barney’s, The Garden Room,Milk & Honey, Serpas True Food Kitchen, and Sweet and Fresh for a late night eat. Hang Out: The city always has things to do from sophisticated Jazz Nights at the High Museum of Art, to throwing some cash to Magic City, to scenic lounges like the SkyLounge, and more. Atlanta offers plenty just ask a local what’s happening and there’s somebody who knows a move in the city. Places to Visit If you want to do touristy things I recommend doing the Ferris Wheel downtown. Maybe visiting the College Football Hall of Fame or if you want to go to an aesthetically pleasing place then I would recommend Piedmont Park. You could tour the CNN building if you’d like! And finally, end your tourist festivities at the World of Coke at Coca-Cola or visit the Georgia Aquarium.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to God, the Metro Atlanta area, and my fellow creatives that allow me to showcase their work and make my baby come to life! Honorable mention: my mama, family, and my man.