We had the good fortune of connecting with Joyce Milford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joyce, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
One piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is that I should find a job that has more promise, something more sustainable than Art. Because as a child I had the freedom to focus in different areas of art and major in Theater Arts in college, I’ve been awarded the opportunity to see how art is more of a strategic way of thinking rather than just an industry. I enjoy what I spend most of my time doing and “the money follows”.
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’m an artist who loves to create and produce. When I was entering high school, I applied for a youth performing arts school for band and was denied admissions. My brother, years ahead of me, attended the school and introduced me to the Design & Production field. I took a quick liking to this hands-on craft and before I knew it, I was applying to colleges with a technical theatre focus. I decided to attend Howard University which was not only where I wanted to be academically, but also professionally being in Washington, DC. The opportunities were endless. My professors invited me to work and on weekends I found gigs in all areas. My biggest lesson with my earlier work is that I must be “open”. There are so many different paths that at times it can be overwhelming but if I just say “yes” to what’s presented, then I can explore what makes me happy. I love not being labeled only a scenic designer or a clothing designer. I am a creative.
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.
I’m new to the Atlanta area but I’ve already been able to scope out some of my favorite places. When my best friend arrives to Hartsfield, we’ll immediately stop for daiquiris. New Orleans Daiquiri is quick, great music, and great food. My best friend is open to the type of food I eat so even though she isn’t vegan, we’ll try a couple of my faves: Slutty Vegan, GoVinda’s, and Vulgar Vegan for lunch throughout the week. Because I’m a dog mom and love when my Dood tags along, we’re definitely hitting the locations that are in the best locations and dog friendly. GoVinda’s is in Little Five Points and is surrounded by parks, cool people, and fun stores. Slutty Vegan in Edgewood is also a cool area that we’d explore as well as the Ponce City Market. When we don’t have my child, we’ll stop by the Trap Museum which I love for its relevance, the designs, and overall good vibes. I also love the atmosphere of the Atlanta Braves Baseball games so I’d love to share that experience. Because I’m also on the outskirts and have somewhat of a country girl in me, I’d put horseback riding on the list. Luella Stables has some of the most beautiful, friendly horses (and people). On the weekends, we would do a late dinner at Pasha, Sivas or maybe Boogalou which turns into a lounge/club when it gets late. All of these places have the perfect combo: great food, hookah, drinks, and music. We’re definitely ending the weekend off with brunch. Brunch at Negril or Ms. Icey’s are my go-tos.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my mom, the one who created this indecisive creative being and instilled a faith in me that reminds me that “I can do all things…”. I’d also like to thank my closest friends, my brother, and sister who I am constantly bouncing new ideas off of and they tell me to go with it! I love y’all.
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