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Meet Noussaiba Garti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noussaiba Garti. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Despite growing up in a chaotic Moroccan household, Noussaiba had dreams of her own, but those dreams were quickly shattered by the presumptive adult reality. Her day job was to be the perfect scholarly kid who wanted nothing more than to see her mother proud of her. By night, she was but a child, dreaming of the day she would be remembered as an artist. I’m Noussaiba. Though my story might not be a successful one according to society’s standards, it’s not a finished one either. First, let me tell you the totally unnecessary details: I’m a 19-year-old Moroccan citizen who moved to the United States five years ago. Currently, I’m a college student studying Psychology and Visual Arts & Communications in Virginia, but summertime keeps me close to my mother in Orlando. My usual routine changed this summer. I decided to resume pursuing my long-lost dreams of modeling and photography. However, knowing my brain, I knew I’d eventually fall into the cycle of giving up and then moving on to the next identity crisis at four AM. It’s safe to say that still happened a lot this summer. The true escape was my resistance and the fact that I’ve invested all of my tax income into getting my first digital camera. It’s true. I spent almost $2000 on equipment instead of putting it towards my tuition. I am very proud of that choice and for being able to finally take a leap of faith. As I said, I don’t have grandiose accomplishments, titles, or even a substantial pool of creatives to mentor me. However, I have a passion, reborn, and my new best friend, my camera. Currently, I am undergoing the brainstorming process of a newly ignited spark. As a beginning photographer, I have to know my camera really well and work really hard on what it does best. But as a beginner model, my goal is to work with different photographers or to find the best way to achieve a self-portrait that I’m proud of. 

The point is, it’s easy to grab a person’s attention with a list of all the achievements and titles people have given me, only to quickly return to being glued to my phone. That story isn’t mine. And frankly, if I were to tell you the truth, this story would be bleak. In fact, I’m a firm believer that my story has just begun this summer, and it’s going to be a “trust the process” situation. All in all, aspiring artists, or anyone who creates, should remember that their story doesn’t begin when others validate their work. It doesn’t begin when they receive achievement, a title, or a client. A compelling story is a complex one that covers all the layers, the highs, lows, and whatever comes in between. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. My main struggles have been my mental health struggles, my family’s socioeconomic status, and not having an artistic guidance. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a startup photographer and model, but I’d love for others who read this story to continue with persistence until they are in positions that they are proud of 

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