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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kayla Harris

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Harris.

Kayla, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up in a very creative family. My dad being a musician and graphic designer, my mom being a hairstylist now nurse, and my brother being a musician. So I always like to say I didn’t have a choice. I’ve been in love with visuals for as long as I can remember. Me and my brother were always running around with my dad’s old camcorder filming things that to us was movie quality.

For a while, video was my main thing and the path I would go into. I played around with photos and some design but nothing serious or that I thought would turn into a career. Then in my senior year of high school, I took a commercial art class. I fell in love with photography. After I graduated, I did it freelance for a couple years along with some video stuff. I eventually ended up in college where I used a three in various ways and levels over the years. I got to really fine tune my craft and run in my lane. Now here we are today. Just living and creating.

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?
It has not been a smooth road. But that’s life right? I think there have been lots of moments of doubting if this (creating) is what I’m supposed to be doing. Doubting if I had the skills to accomplish what I set out to do or what was asked of me. Then of course the always existing struggles of life. Maintaining my mental health. Trying to navigate through a global pandemic. All the things.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I currently work for the AWKNG Art House as the Art Director. I basically oversee photo and design and of course come up with art direction for various projects. AWKNG is a non profit that works to create resources that tackle the areas of media, mental health, missions, and academics.

For freelance, I primarily do photography but also dabble in design work as well. Then for my personal art, that can be anything from photo to design to video or to fashion. It really just depends on the day and season. I think I’m very specific about the moments I capture. I’m drawn to emotion. I am also me so the uniqueness that being me provides flows into my work and art.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
This is a great question and I’m actually not sure. I think there are a lot of possibilities with the way sharing art has radically changed with platform like Tik Tok and things like NFT. I’m pretty open to what the future holds and I’m excited to watch it all unfold.

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Hannah Reedy Tavian Teage Shannon Wall Christian Spivey

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