We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Skyers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, when you are approached by someone at a networking event, what makes you want to connect with someone? What makes you want to avoid them?
In all reality I don’t have a problem getting to know every one who approaches me. I don’t consider avoidance until after I get to know them. In the past, it has been a 25% chance that I need to avoid someone I met at an event. Usually those who come are looking to better themselves in knowledge of the arts or to just enjoy the environment. Negative energy, manipulation, or scheming are typically my deterrents. If someone comes up to me telling me of a business idea that involves me getting the lesser benefits and are not willing to haggle I usually am not very respondent to them after that. That person just wants to use my gift to line their pocket. Another scenario is if a person comes to me to brag about themselves; I feel out each situation individually. Maybe they feel like they need to pitch them self to me to gain my interest in working with them in the future. Maybe they just talking about themselves to brag. I believe it’s always best to find out the individual’s intentions before judging their character and avoiding them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artwork tends to have very bold and vibrant colors. They radiate tropical elements and subtly tell my life stories or ideologies through portraits and symbolism. I’m inspired by my families Jamaican culture and current events that impact me. Getting to where I am took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Many evenings consist of pulling all nighters, because I split my time between my full time job and completing my commissions or prepping for an upcoming event. I may go into work the next day half asleep, but I am not stressed, I am happy, and typically feel very accomplished. My biggest stressors have been finances, time, and perfectionism. Although still battling with it, over time I’ve taught myself to let things go and realize that sometimes the things that I am worried about no one else even notices. There have been moments where I have freaked out over not having enough prints cut for an event. Then I breath and say, they can order whatever is not available online and they will still receive their product. If anything, they may be more excited to hear the piece they want has been sold out already. I battle a lot of anxiety over little things, and have been working on just taking a moment to recollect myself. I want the world to know about my brand that it is unapologetically me. There may be pieces that you may not agree with, but that’s my way of expressing myself. I don’t have an expectation for you to relate to or love all my pieces but the ones you do I pray you cherish them, as much as I did while I created them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were to visit we’d revisit places we enjoyed in our high school years. We were always the type to explore. Being I am from Charlotte, NC, we’d start with breakfast treats at Amelies French Bakery and Cafe. We’d then prob ride the train through the city and end up at a random spot watching skateboarders skate and catching up on all the time that passed since we last saw each other. After people watching for awhile we’d take a trip to the Nascar Hall of Fame and grab a few wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. We’d then take the long way and stroll through the Bank of America Building to the center of the city and check out the Mint Museum Uptown’s newest exhibitions. Then hang at the park just behind it watching the sun go down over the Knights Stadium. Maybe call up a few more of our girls and grab sushi at “Our Spot” then close out the night with drinks, hookah, and dancing in EpiCenter.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My success thus far is definitely to my family and the community of Savannah, GA. My family has always been encouraging both in spirit and finances. My parents, grandmother, aunts, and uncles always bought me art kits and supplies growing up. They also pitched in to send me off to Savannah College of Art and Design to further my art education. The community of Savannah opened me with open arms. My first Gallery events were in this city. Music artists, groups, and art productions such as Patrick Tennerson, ELLOHBEE, indiThi3ves, Clay Hodges, Jose Rosa, and The Indigos started my journey and propelled it. They encouraged me to participate in various projects as a production assistant, photographer, model, and eventually a graphic designer. From interactions with their partners and clients I was able to talk about my specialties in painting and graphic design. From there people in the community would request me to do their logos, cover art, business identities, and even paintings to line their office spaces and homes. Gaining all these connections in a short amount of time eventually lead to me vending at major city events. Like that my brand spread like wild fire and I was no longer doing side hustles but was painting and doing graphic design work on my own. Every individual I worked with was supportive and encouraging through every step. Some eventually shifted from boss, to mentor, to collab partners.
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