We had the good fortune of connecting with Kalani Ware and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kalani, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important life lesson that my art career has taught me is patience. In today’s society, it feels as if everything around us in the world is moving at a very fast pace and we can often lose ourselves trying to keep up. Art in a way has always been a form of therapy for me. When I was young, I never thought of wanting to be an artist, I was just constantly creating. The thought of making money from my work didn’t even occur till I was an adult. Im a firm believer in energy and how that can manifest before your eyes if you stay disciplined . I always strived to see quick results, Over time I realized that learning to be patient left more room for self-happiness and creativity. I knew that my day would come if I believed in myself and stayed focused.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is actually evolving simultaneously with myself. As I grow as a person, so does my art style. Im constantly learning from my mistakes and enjoying the creative journey. As a artist, I would like to think that versatility sets me apart from others. Im not afraid to push my creativity and try new things. I have multiple styles and I enjoy the process from all of them. I got to where I am today as a artist by believing in myself and never giving up. Of course, certain individuals put me in certain positions to elevate, but it starts with self. If I wasn’t diligent, I wouldn’t have been able to plant those opportunities to watch them blossom. If this was easy, everybody would do it. That applies to everything in life. This is years of early days and longer nights, years of chasing a blurred dream that you can barely see. Years of always wanting to give up. The sooner you accept that being a artist is a life long journey, the easier life will be. A few lessons I learned are to network and build relationships with others along the way. Learn to find happiness in the work you create. I would like the world to know that Im here to stay. Im building a foundation that can inspire generations to come.
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.
If a friend of mine was visiting the Bay Area, I would take them around Oakland and San Francisco. In the uptown area of Oakland, there are a lot of murals to check out with some good local food. First Fridays in Oakland gives you a small taste of what the area has to offer. In San Francisco, you have amazing views with rooftop bars. We can hit up the Mission district and explore scenic hikes near the pacific coast. If we are lucky, we can link up with a few bike crews and hit up a big ride around downtown. One of my favorite spots to eat in SF is called Good Good Culture Club, they also have a nice mural I created inside.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mother deserves everything. She has always been my number one supporter. She is the person behind the scenes that continues to believe in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. I would like to thank the Bay Area Mural Program for their role in the community and perpetuating creativity to the masses. Most importantly, shoutout to everyone who follows their dreams and continues to live life, doing what they love. I think that is very inspiring and it motivates me everyday.
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