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

Hi Nigel, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?

Authenticity,

EVXVD (Everyday is Valentine’s Day) is reflective of how I live my life. The heartbeat of my brand is based upon the core values that make me who I am and what I strive to be. Staying true to myself has fostered the creativity and truth that caters to the core market that I serve. My devotion to the “love experience” has led customers to buy into love literally and figuratively.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I am a performance poet, visual artist, author and playwright with a new vision for love.

What makes me unique is a my ability to use various artistic mediums to craft stories of love that reflect my racial, ethnic and cultural experiences. I paint pictures of love beyond the surface!

“Black Woman”, poetic prose and visual art piece has been my most impactful work to date. It’s reached over three million worldwide via facebook and continues to resonate with women across the African Diaspora. What was a video used to highlight the lack of salience for melanin women on International Women’s Day become an anthem for black women across the globe. I’m proud and grateful for the success of “Black Woman”.

It’s been a journey to say the least. In order to get to where I am professionally, required taking risks and betting on myself. Once I established belief in my abilities the work began. I embodied practice, persistence, and dedication to the craft of writing and performing my art. As opportunities presented themselves I was ready to work and, build brand awareness and with more recognition came greater opportunities.

As an artist and brand my goal is to never stop learning and exploring because that’s where inspiration lives, which is the spark that fuels my passion to create.

There’s no growth without challenges. My approach to overcome challenges, is to look at them as opportunities for greater growth. Often challenges are roadblocks telling us to stop, reassess and reevaluate what’s necessary to make another leap forward. I look at roadblocks as signs, not defeat.

What I’ve learned along this journey is, to be malleable; open to change; willing to take an unconventional path to success. The journey is long! so our mind has to be open to alternative routes. In addition, never get too high or two low but keep your sights on steady growth. Emotional and mental burnout comes before the fall.

My brand, Everyday is Valentine’s Day (EDXVD) uses various artistic mediums such as poetry, books, apparel, theatre, film and music to express, share and empower others through creative expression to find their way back to love. Through EDXVD my purpose is to show people that love is always available, present, and exist in all of us. My vision is for all to freely express, share and spread every facet of love. Whether its eros, philias or agape for self or others, my goal is to spark a revolution shift in consciousness. My mantra “Every Day is Valentine’s Day” (EDXVD) is used to encourage more people to embark on a journey that exemplifies all that is love.

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.

You can’t go wrong with the staple attractions:  MLK Centre, World of Coca Cola or Georgia Aquarium but there are many gems in the A. I would take visitors to Little 5 Points for an eclectic vibe, after that we would  probably head over to the beltLine and hang out at the Ponce City Market. 

As far as food, the options are plentiful, some possible choices would be: Garden Parc, Yebo Beach Haus,  APT 4B, Toast on Lenox, The Select; Chai Yo Modern Thai, 

For night light choices, some dope options are: Peters Street Station, The Patio Social Club, Jojo’s Beloved, Rock Steady Atlanta, Unsectioned; The Shrine Atlanta. 

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Definitely my Mother & Father

All praises to my mother Clover Foreman, who taught me how to love wholeheartedly, to serve others, listen to my intuition and dive deeper into vulnerability, emotional availability and expression.

Shout out to my father Nigel Birch Sr. for instilling principles, my genetic disposition for creative writing (lol), pushing me to be a critical thinker and use reflection (retrospection and introspection) as a form of self discovery.

Together they’ve helped to forge my personality, experiences, and cultivate my gifts that led to the maturation of my brand/purpose.

Website: edxvd.com

Instagram: nigelbirchisedxvd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NIGELBIRCHISEDXVD/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrvqaDlu8VUjsOqngUJyHag

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