Hi Tiana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think Risk taking is like the opening a door that leads you to an unknown. We don’t know if that unknown place will be good or bad. When taking Risks there’s always an option for failure and it allows others to scrutinize and judge. But at the same time there is a chance that you might strike gold and be really successful. As the saying goes, “If you never try, you’ll never know”. I’d rather take a stab at something and have a bad outcome; instead of always thinking what would’ve happened. Life is about risks as well as rewards. At the end of the day you have to be content with your own decisions and not others’ preconceptions and judgements.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would classify my work as a Creative and Professional it has a great balance of both. I think what sets myself apart from others is my knowledge of the industry. I began fairly early in 2013 just when Instagram started to gain some traction. Sharing your pictures in a square format was all the rage and we posted without a care in the world. If we felt like snapping a shot with our latte we just did it. There wasn’t the pressure to perform or be perfect. Now I feel that we have moved away from casual posting and we moved towards a more curated feed. Once I hit 10k the momentum began to grow and so did interest from brands. Influencer Marketing agencies have popped up everywhere and I often do freelance consulting work as well.

I think the road looks paved and perfect online, but little do people know how much time and effort is invested. They see an aesthetic shot and assume its doable within 30 minutes. A lot of factors go into a shoot and it depends on the brand as well as the theme. This doesn’t account for the weather either, lighting is unpredictable and it can really make or break a shot. That’s just for a photo, imagine those factors but video format. Videos require much more production value as well as the time it takes to edit and put the pieces together. With the rise of Tiktok it has pushed other platforms to adapt to short-form video content. It has pushed our boundaries as creators and has let our creativity thrive.

Along the way I’ve learned that everyone judges and envy has no age limit. There will be countless critics and backlash on the daily. So you develop a thick skin and just realize that some people are just negative. I like to keep my energy and environment positive, so letting go of people that do not uplift me is a must. I would like everyone to know that I am always authentically myself and what you see is what you get. My story is just getting started and I can’t wait to show you what’s up ahead.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ooh this is a great question! I would love to take them to all access pass of San Diego. I live in the North County so it is nice to have a laid back style in the big city. First I would show them around downtown and all the great parks and museums we have downtown. Balboa Park is a stable to see all the unique architecture and fun street performers. Then, for a late lunch I would bring them to Clairemont for some dim sum and the best tasting asian foods. We would then have a desert break at either Somi Somi or get some shaved ice at Tea Station. On another day I would like to take them to La Jolla cove to see the cute seals and breathtaking views. La Jolla has many great cafes to eat at so there are many options. I think Panakin is a great option for anyone who loves coffee and pastries. For a great day trip Pacific Beach would be fun to walk around, bike, or paddle board. A day on the water would be unforgettable and to end it a bite at Hodads for the biggest burgers. To end the trip a night out a Gaslamp is a must for anyone visiting San Diego who wants to experience the great nightlife! I personally like Omnia with the rooftop views and Spin for the house music. If you get a chance to experience any of these activities it’ll be a great San Diego experience.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would definitely love to give a shoutout to all my close friends and family. Without them it would be hard to say where I would be right now. The mental aspect is just as important as the physical. The majority of the times having a great support system really determines success. I’d love to give a shout-out to my Baba who helps me with my shoots and random tasks I ask him to do. As well as my friends Jonas, Arno, David, Jillian, and Michael you guys are real ones for helping me with my miscellaneous blogger tasks, Love you!

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