We had the good fortune of connecting with Summer Tinch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Summer, what role has risk played in your life or career?
A wise person once said, “To get what you’ve never had you must be willing to do what you’ve never done.” I believe that to do anything great you must be willing to step out of your comfort zone, and to do that you must be willing to take risks. If you look back in history you will find that no battle was ever won and no discovery was ever made without any risks involved. Some would say that risks are defining moments in which we choose to either take a chance or live with the regret of wondering “what if.” Taking a risk is like Kobe taking a shot from halfway down the court with 15 seconds left on the clock. Like in the episode of A Different World when Dwayne pondered for days about the mistakes he made in his relationship with Whitney right before going out on a limb and taking the biggest risk that would change his life. Despite Whitney being engaged to another man (Byron) at the time, Dwayne decided to attend her wedding, and just as the preacher asked “Whitney will you take Byron to be your husband?” It was at that moment Dwayne despite any reservations or how crazy he looked stood up and walked down the aisle taking a chance on love and asking Whitney to marry him. It’s from this example that I can conclude that risks are a series of defining moments in which you decide to take a chance now or never. If ever you are faced with those moments you must come to a resolve that I’m going after what I want. I have discovered that the main thing that keeps people from living up to their highest potential or from fulfilling their God-given purpose is FEAR. The fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, the fear of inadequacy or not measuring up, etc. In order for you to defeat fear, you must believe (have child-like faith) and face your fears head-on. I can recall as a child doing exactly what my mom told me not to do even if it meant I would end up scraping my knee. From that here’s what I’ve learned: you’re going to be afraid, you’re going to fall down, you’re going to get bruised, you’re going to feel like you’re in way over your head, and you’re not going to having all of the answers or even know what to do next. You must realize it’s inevitable and it’s okay. However, don’t let that stop you and know that you can create a different narrative other than the one that’s playing in your head out of fear. I would say that my life is and has been a series of risks from every decision I have made in the past up until now. From changing my major in college (just imagine the look on my mom’s face when I told her and realistically I had no clue what I was doing at the time) and even deciding to pursue Fashion. I’ll admit there were many times I was unsure, but what I am sure of is that God was with me. What I didn’t know I researched and the other stuff God taught me along the way. So I have decided to rest in knowing that God has a plan for me and that everything will come together for me in his timing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey has never been easy, but it has been fun. I think the biggest things I have learned throughout this process is to believe in God, to believe in myself, to keep going and to NEVER GIVE UP! I have also seen time after time how great things can come out of very little. I believe that “Fashion is a language and how it’s translated that’s style. I show my clients that It’s not about the brand, but it’s about the style.” And I believe that’s what defines my brand. So if you haven’t already join the movement #slaymovement #snatchedbysummer
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take my best friend to any Pho restaurant to get a bowl of vegetarian or shrimp Pho. I would also probably take her to The Cheese Cake Factory to have my favorite vegetarian lasagna and La Parilla to try Enchiladas Del Mar. We would probably also go to Sparkles Family Fun Center of Smyrna on a Sunday night (adult night).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well I would like to say Thanks to GOD always and thanks to my mom Patricia. Regardless of how many times you didn’t agree with my decision you still voiced it and supported me at the same time. Also I want to say thanks Kiara Smith, my best friend, assistant and cheerleader for EVERYTHING!!! Also thanks to Avnah Long (Designer @AvnahCollection), Shay (Designer @geekjunkydesigner), my Divine Deliverance Life Center Family, Apostle Dr. Debbie Armstrong and Pastor David Twyman of Strong Tower Christian Center.
Photographers: Leslie Andrews Darius Voncel Atta Junior