We had the good fortune of connecting with L.T. Phoenix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi L.T., how do you think about risk?
I think it’s essential that we take risks as human beings. Taking risks inspires a level of vulnerability. I think even if we aren’t comfortable in doing so, we should aim to try. You can learn so much about who you are and what you’re capable of when you allow yourself to take a leap of faith. Maybe that risk can turn into a lesson, a blessing, even a passion project. Maybe your ability to take a risk can help someone else,, whether it’s by sharing experiences and or gaining a new perspective on life.
I’ve never seen myself as a risk taker, until recent years, when I’ve reflected on how I’ve made decisions that could have gone either way– from leaving jobs that no longer fulfilled me, to meeting new people, to following my dreams as a poet and being vulnerable with an online audience. These decisions can be somewhat scary.
Another example of a risk I’ve taken in the past two years has been pitching my work to literary agents, knowing that rejection may be right around the corner. Knowing that receiving a “NO” from an expert in this niche can be devastating. And yet, I continue to take these creative risks, because if I don’t, then I’ll regret not trying.
Opportunity, inspiration, and even growth can all happen while taking a risk. Overall, it can be a positive experience!
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 very proud of the poetry platform I’ve created on social media, specifically on Instagram. I enjoy creating, editing, and putting it all together on my feed, as I feel poetry as a means of self expression can be very therapeutic. I also model, and I and enjoy piecing words together with imagery to tell a story. I’m glad my followers relate to what I post.
It wasn’t easy to start on Instagram I’ll admit. It took a couple of tries to gain a following and continue creating. I think challenges were helped by cross promoting on various social media accounts, and actually connecting/communicating daily with followers who show an interest.
Some of the lessons I learned along the way have been to continue having tons of patience, and continue creating as a form of inspiring others. It helps to go outside of yourself and your environment and become inspired by others, by things outside of your own comfort zone. I feel I’ve also learned to trust in the timing of things. Overall, never give up.
I want people to know that everyone has a story to tell, and that everyone has the chance to create something amazing while on this planet. No matter what you do– express yourself. Work on that passion project that fills your heart and makes you jump with joy. Change lives and inspire others while staying authentic to who you really are.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Surely if you’re visiting Miami, you’ll have to visit downtown MIA or Brickell. Wynwood too for the art. I would say these are iconic here in Miami in regards to food, culture, arts, and an overall good time. Just make sure you watch out for traffic and look both ways! It’s hectic over here!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would dedicate my shoutout to my family who has been supportive, specifically my mother and grandmother (Iliana & Mercy) who are strong and empowered women with great resilience and an even greater heart.
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