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Daily Inspiration: Meet Candace Almy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Almy.

Hi Candace, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
In 2009, I knew my creativity should be shared to the world, that’s when TheHypeIsDead was born. I started by decorating construction glasses, adding things from lace to dangling chains. From the start, with little knowledge I had, I was shooting and editing my own ads. Few years later, I asked my parents for a camera for Christmas and I was gifted the Nikon L105 – I didn’t want a point and shoot but we all have to start from somewhere, right? I caught a few Fort Lauderdale sunsets and took cool photos of my friends at the mall, I thought I was the hottest photographer in the city. Let’s fast forward to 2014, I’m busting my butt to make money being on my own after moving to Orlando, spending endless nights painting paddles for different organizations at UCF. My passion was poured into those pieces and it got me through some of the darkest times in that season of my life. I learned new painting styles and techniques, taught myself how to use Adobe Illustrator to draw and laser cut wood paddles; I tapped into a focus I never knew I had.

Later that year, I bought my first camera, the Canon T5. As a “starting gift,” my cousin Regina gifted me with a 50mm lens; safe to say I cried happy tears for awhile. It meant so much to me to see her take photos my whole life to now shooting with her very own lens, I was more than honored. I shook with excitement anticipating each and every shoot I booked thereafter. Several years and many shoots later, I get my hands on the Sony A7RIII. It took me a minute to switch up on Canon, but my goodness, this baby is nice. It was through photography I met the love of my life, Ducky; he’s a photographer too. He educated me on the tools of Lightroom and Photoshop, teaching me all about composition, retouching, lighting, etc. We would watch editing tutorials, working towards the 10,000 hours to perfect the craft. I’ve been recently inspired to create high-end editorial work and if you know me, I am very pose-heavy and love accentuating people’s angles, so finding the right muse is important. Ducky and I are collaborating on a project as we speak! Being creative has opened doors and allowed me to connect with some of the most beautiful energies in Orlando. I am thankful for everything I have been through because I know I haven’t experienced half of what God has in store for me. So here I am! I know I’m not (raises hand) there yet, but I do see a new side to myself everyday, I try and embrace change as it comes.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. My biggest feat was not only taking the leap to move out of my parent’s house but a few years later taking even bigger steps to independency; getting into my career and finding my own apartment. That meant quitting my part-time job, not renewing my lease, and strapping myself in for the four month ride to come. During this time, God guided me through this journey because Lord knows I wanted to give up. There were some days I didn’t have the energy to bathe myself or get out of bed to eat; can you imagine working through this whilst creating art for others? I was beyond drained. It was in August of 2018 I got the call to start my new job the day before my lease ended and later accepted my new home that same day. I will never forget how God showed out and taught me that my timing is not His timing, once I layed down my expectations, he came through.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an artist. I carry myself that way in all aspects of life, it’s almost as if I can’t run from it. I specialize in photography and painting, I also recently got into candle making – Very therapeutic. My photography is pose heavy, I started expressing my creative direction at photo meets and the people ate it up. From then, my confidence grew and so did my work. My most proud moment in my artistic career was in 2015, I was painting my friends back, ended up reflecting on the social injustice going in the country, painted an American Flag with bullet holes in it, shot the photo and it shook the nation. People from all over the county roared in response to my piece. You may have come across it a few times while on social media or Youtube. It’s an attestment to our history, the image staying so relevant throughout the years; black and brown people are the most disrespected in this country, no one seems to have an answer to “why?”. My art is set apart because I pour my being into my work, so much so that I get lost in it. “TheHypeIsDead” stands for following your own path, finding your own groove and blocking out the world from telling you what you “can’t do”. Who cares what everyone is seemingly accomplishing around you, do what your heart tells you is right for YOU. Happiness doesn’t come from blindly following the world, it comes from pioneering your own path towards your goals.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Patience. Divine timing is funny that way. I am a planner, I want to see every step before I move, God doesn’t work that way. I also have to be patient with myself and not simply have the patience to sit and wait out of faith. My skills did not come overnight. I’ve sobbed over photos because I didn’t realize I was in the wrong setting, couldn’t get an editing technique right the first time, the list goes on. Be kind to yourself, celebrate the little things that you do accomplish.

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Image Credits
Family Photo: Henry
Family Woman in Tree: Thalia
American Flag: Milly G
Woman in braids: Kennedy Almy
Man singing: Harry Perry Band Man in barbershop: LundonNewyork

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