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In this edition of The IMPRINT Magazine, we wish to enhance your knowledge while refining your lifestyle through the arts, fashion and culture. I remember falling in love with fine art when I first saw the late William Tolliver’s paintings years ago. Since then, I’ve set a goal to start a mini gallery of my own. I haven’t purchased anything just yet, but I’m getting close! I also remember becoming infactuated with music when I heard Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” blasting from my mom’s stereo when I was a little girl. I went on to sing (I thought I was Whitney’s backup) for years and picked up the clarinet along the way. I love classical instruments. There’s something about classical music and jazz that tends to soothe the soul. I also enjoy learning about people and believe that I possess a knack for getting them to open up about their interests, fears and aspirations. Being open to people from all backgrounds and races has helped to further the vision for my company. And fashion! OMG! Once upon a time I used to think that putting together a head-turning ensemble was too much work. I mean why do we have to spend so much time trying to be the next showstopper? Well, I learned a little secret. People are drawn to attractive people. And a part of being attractive is spending a little extra time (and money) on my wardrobe and hair. I’m a pretty creative person so I’ve learned to incorporate some of that creativity into my style selections and...voila! I’m now a converted fashionista.
“My sincerest hope is for our younger generation to understand the value and power of what knowledge brings.”
Knowing the origin of people, places and things adds clarity to our daily walk. We are not here to merely exist. We are here to help our fellow man and appreciate everything around us because it all has tremendous value. The people who we’ve chosen to feature in this issue have had amazing journeys and stories that will inspire you anytime you might feel like throwing in the towel. Hurdles are overcome by billions of people everyday. The more you face, the more profound your testimony. We hope the places that you read about will encourage you to explore other treasures around the world. Make it a point to plan and budget for a trip outside of the country. There is so much more to experience beyond our backyards. The features that you’ll be introduced within this issue should very well ignite your desire to want to know everything from how to determine a quality fabric to the history of celebrated artists. Knowledge is the power to create change. Enjoy!
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So, here we are again. Another issue completed and I feel like I have just wrapped up a thesis paper. This issue challenged me in a number of ways because it’s one thing to select a particular theme - but then to create something that will leave an impact on our readers is another. I battled with myself many nights over the magazine’s tagline “Enhancing Your knowledge. Refining Your lifestyle.” and thought about exactly what it is that I want our readers to gain after spending a lazy afternoon browsing the magazine’s features. After countless hours of discussion with my Director of Brand Marketing about the publication’s vision, we decided that it was time to step it up a notch. This meant that we would have to put ourselves to the test to see if we could produce what we preach about all the time. At the end of each day, my sincerest hope is for our younger generation to understand the value and power of what knowledge brings. There is absolutely nothing more liberating that being able to freely walk into a library, select a book, or browse the internet realizing that the only thing that separates you from the next person are the plentiful resources you’ve chosen to access. How can you appreciate something if you don’t fully know what it is let alone it’s value? The one thing that inspired me to start my company was constantly hearing people say, “If I had only known.” If you had only known what? That you could have changed the outcome of a situation by making an educated decision? The one thing that I know for sure is to never take anything for face value. If you want to know something, do your research. Typically, when I hear someone say a word that I’m not familiar with, I make a mental note of it, and at the first opportunity, I look it up in the dictionary - primarily to see if the person used it in the right context. And doing so also allows me to expand my vocabulary.
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The Mad Violinist TALKS ABOUT HIS MUSIC STYLE, HOW HIS MOM INFLUENCED HIS CAREER AND WHY HE WILL ALWAYS HAVE MAD RESPECT FOR SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA Interview by N. Renee | Photos by Anderson “Smitty” Smith
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hile other three year olds were busy putting objects down a toilet and creating towers out of colorful building blocks, Ashanti Floyd, aka The Mad Violinist, was sharpening his skills on the violin when he was barely potty trained. Yep, the 28 year old five time Grammy nominee has been a master musician for a long time. Trained on over 30 instruments, the self proclaimed jokester didn’t always aspire to be a celebrated violinist. He initially wanted to be a rapper and dancer but eventually settled on his love for the strings - strings that he destroys during each of his performances, costing him over $5,000 a year. Two of the gifted artist’s many influences are Erykah Badu and the late Jimi Hendrix. And, he leans on his band, Symphony Crack Orchestra, for more than just electrifying performances. What he holds with them is a true bond and an unparalleled talent in an industry that isn’t quite prepared for their melodic eruption.
The IMPRINT Magazine: Where are you from? The Mad Violinist: I’m from Tallahassee, Florida but I now live in Atlanta. TIM: What are some of your favorites? TMV: I like all shades of blue, baked spagheO, POLO clothing by Ralph Lauren, Gucci cologne, Los Angeles, Robin Hood (with Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman), football, the Jaguar, Christmas (I love to give) and the outdoors. TIM: What are your hobbies? TMV: I love sports and I enjoy cooking. I’m preWy good at it to the point where my friends want me to prepare them something every week. I also enjoy the outdoors ‐ camping, ﬁshing and animals. I owned a bird for eight years and actually taught it how to talk. TIM: Describe your personality. TMV: I’m outgoing and I like to joke around a lot. I’m not goofy by any means. But if you don’t like to laugh, you can’t hang with me. TIM: What are your pet peeves? TMV: I don’t like loud people and drunk talking. It bothers me when you get too close and spit in my face. I see a lot of that when I’m out performing. TIM: Who are your role models? TMV: My mom ‐ she taught me how to play the violin. I grew up watching her as a gospel violinist in church. She is an awesome player and owns an arts conservatory. One day I hope to introduce her to the world. I am also inspired by the late Jimi Hendrix’s work and Victor Wooten ‐ a famous bass player who performs with class and diversity. TIM: What social issue are you most passionate about? TMV: I am passionate about kids and making sure that they have access to various arts programs. I feel that society views musicians as circus acts. Being a musician does not hold the same value now as it did when I was younger. I’m passionate about making young people understand that being a musician can take you far. We have to make sure that our children are exposed to the arts so that they can desire to pursue it. TIM: What inspired your career? TMV: I grew up trained as a classical violist and was one of the best. I didn’t play the violin much when I was younger. My mom sent me to summer camps in London, New York and Tennessee all before I was 15. She wanted to put me up against some of the best classical players to advance my skills. Part of her dream was for me to aWend a school like Julliard. When I was in the 10th grade I was introduced to the electric violin. I had the opportunity to meet jazz violinist Regina Carter at one of my mom’s summer camps when I was 13. At this point, my aWen`on turned to jazz. I also met Australian violinist Mark Russell. He taught me ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers. I really took that song far when I learned what’s called the blues scale. I kept performing that song over and over while learning how to improv. It felt good and I was geOng a lot of aWen`on. I decided to go to Berkeley College of Music and it caught my mom oﬀ guard. She was thinking all along that I was going to school to be trained classically for viola and I decided on the violin. What’s crazy is that my liWle sister decided to go to school for classical ﬂute and she’s one of the best in the country. She just graduated with her Masters in Flute Performance. My parents got the “double dose”. They raised us strong in our music. TIM: What instruments do you play besides the viola and violin? TMV: I play over 30 instruments to include the cello, piano, bass and drums. 》
THE IMPRINT MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE! TIM:â€ŠDescribeâ€Šyourâ€Šstyleâ€Šofâ€Šmusic. TMV:Â MyÂ musicÂ isÂ inďŹ‚uencedÂ byÂ ErykahÂ BaduÂ whoÂ isÂ oneÂ ofÂ myÂ favoriteÂ ar`sts.Â IÂ hadÂ theÂ opportunityÂ toÂ playÂ alongsideÂ herÂ andÂ LupeÂ FiascoÂ atÂ lastÂ yearâ€™sÂ BETÂ Awards.Â Iâ€™veÂ beenÂ toldÂ thatÂ IÂ haveÂ diďŹ€erentÂ stylesÂ ofÂ vibrato.Â ThisÂ comesÂ fromÂ listeningÂ toÂ herÂ albumÂ BaduizmÂ constantly.Â Iâ€™mÂ inďŹ‚uencedÂ byÂ JimiÂ HendrixÂ asÂ well.Â HeÂ wasÂ anÂ ar`stÂ whoÂ IÂ feelÂ capturedÂ greatÂ momentsÂ whileÂ leOngÂ loose.Â HeÂ didnâ€™tÂ careÂ whenÂ heÂ wasÂ performing.Â IÂ haveÂ combinedÂ stylesÂ ofÂ ErykahÂ andÂ Jimi.Â IÂ alsoÂ wouldÂ haveÂ toÂ sayÂ thatÂ myÂ styleÂ ofÂ musicÂ isÂ derivedÂ fromÂ myÂ lifestyle.Â IÂ grewÂ upÂ onÂ theÂ southÂ sideÂ ofÂ Tallahassee,Â soÂ asÂ aÂ kidÂ inÂ aÂ roughÂ neighborhoodÂ bringingÂ hisÂ violaÂ toÂ school,Â IÂ hadÂ toÂ learnÂ howÂ toÂ ďŹ tÂ in.Â IÂ learnedÂ toÂ speakÂ myÂ peerâ€™sÂ languageÂ andÂ wouldÂ performÂ songsÂ byÂ R.Â KellyÂ andÂ PastorÂ TroyÂ becauseÂ thatâ€™sÂ whatÂ theyÂ knewÂ andÂ loved.Â TheseÂ inďŹ‚uences,Â mixedÂ withÂ myÂ gospelÂ roots,Â haveÂ helpedÂ toÂ shapeÂ meÂ asÂ well.Â MyÂ momÂ isÂ aÂ pastorÂ andÂ myÂ dadÂ isÂ aÂ gospelÂ pianistÂ andÂ IÂ rememberÂ playingÂ withÂ himÂ inÂ theÂ church.Â MyÂ styleÂ isÂ comprisedÂ ofÂ allÂ myÂ experiencesÂ throughoutÂ life.
wasÂ sleepingÂ onÂ theÂ couchÂ ofÂ myÂ produc`onÂ managerâ€™sÂ studioÂ whileÂ grindingÂ itÂ out.Â FromÂ sleepingÂ onÂ thatÂ couchÂ IÂ receivedÂ aÂ doubleÂ pla`numÂ recordÂ andÂ theÂ showÂ goesÂ onÂ â€?Â oneÂ beingÂ withÂ Lupe.Â ThenÂ theÂ GrammyÂ nomina`ons.Â LupeÂ callingÂ meÂ toÂ beÂ inÂ thatÂ momentÂ wasÂ aÂ breakthroughÂ forÂ me.Â IÂ wasÂ likeÂ â€œGod,Â weÂ didÂ it.â€? TIM:â€ŠSo,â€Štellâ€Šusâ€Šaboutâ€ŠSymphonyâ€ŠCrackâ€ŠOrchestra. TMV:Â SymphonyÂ CrackÂ OrchestraÂ isÂ comprisedÂ ofÂ 7Â guysÂ whoÂ areÂ myÂ everydayÂ backbone.Â TheyÂ areÂ myÂ band,Â myÂ produc`onÂ teamÂ â€?Â youÂ nameÂ it.Â MostÂ ofÂ theÂ `meÂ IÂ performÂ withÂ them.Â WhenÂ Iâ€™mÂ performingÂ byÂ myselfÂ theyÂ mightÂ beÂ inÂ theÂ studio.Â TheyÂ areÂ allÂ mul`â€?talentedÂ andÂ haveÂ individualÂ collabora`onsÂ withÂ ar`stsÂ likeÂ RickÂ Ross,Â NickiÂ MinajÂ andÂ Lilâ€™Â Wayne.Â SymphonyÂ CrackÂ OrchestraÂ isÂ aÂ machine. TIM:â€ŠWhatâ€Šgoesâ€Šthroughâ€Šyourâ€Šmindâ€Šwhenâ€Šyouâ€™reâ€Šperformingâ€Š live? TMV:Â ToÂ me,Â itâ€™sÂ likeÂ spokenÂ word.Â Iâ€™mÂ aÂ partÂ ofÂ thisÂ organiza`onÂ calledÂ BlackÂ OnÂ BlackÂ RhymeÂ basedÂ inÂ Tallahassee,Â Florida.Â Itâ€™sÂ runÂ byÂ myÂ goodÂ friendÂ KeithÂ Rodgers.Â EveryÂ ThursdayÂ forÂ yearsÂ IÂ wouldÂ goÂ toÂ thisÂ poetryÂ venueÂ andÂ beÂ theÂ onlyÂ musicianÂ there.Â IÂ wouldÂ playÂ alone.Â JustÂ meÂ onÂ theÂ violin.Â IÂ wouldÂ askÂ theÂ crowdÂ toÂ translateÂ whatÂ Iâ€™dÂ justÂ played.Â ThisÂ isÂ anÂ artÂ thatÂ Iâ€™veÂ beenÂ workingÂ onÂ forÂ aÂ whileÂ â€?Â learningÂ toÂ connectÂ toÂ peopleÂ throughÂ myÂ music.Â SoÂ ifÂ peopleÂ areÂ inÂ aÂ cornerÂ andÂ notÂ payingÂ aWen`on,Â IÂ tryÂ toÂ ďŹ gureÂ outÂ howÂ toÂ speakÂ toÂ themÂ withÂ myÂ instrument.Â WheneverÂ youÂ speak,Â youÂ wantÂ allÂ eyesÂ andÂ earsÂ toÂ beÂ onÂ you.Â WhenÂ Iâ€™mÂ onÂ stage,Â IÂ tryÂ toÂ beÂ innova`veÂ andÂ implementÂ aÂ wayÂ thatÂ allowsÂ peopleÂ toÂ connect.
TIM:â€ŠOfâ€Šallâ€Štheâ€Šsongsâ€Šyouâ€™veâ€Šproduced,â€Šwhichâ€Šisâ€Šyourâ€Šfavorite? TMV:Â IÂ wouldÂ haveÂ toÂ sayÂ Ba#leďŹ eldÂ whichÂ isÂ aÂ songÂ oďŹ€Â myÂ album. Â IÂ wroteÂ itÂ duringÂ aÂ `meÂ whenÂ IÂ wasÂ goingÂ throughÂ aÂ transi`onÂ inÂ myÂ career.Â IÂ hadÂ toÂ decideÂ ifÂ IÂ wouldÂ keepÂ crea`ngÂ samplesÂ forÂ bigÂ producersÂ toÂ turnÂ intoÂ somethingÂ elseÂ whileÂ knowingÂ itÂ wouldÂ getÂ wateredÂ downÂ beforeÂ itÂ madeÂ itÂ toÂ theÂ mainstreamÂ world.Â IÂ haveÂ beenÂ anÂ arrangerÂ onÂ overÂ 40Â majorÂ albumsÂ andÂ haveÂ beenÂ nominatedÂ ďŹ veÂ `mesÂ forÂ aÂ GrammyÂ butÂ thisÂ isnâ€™tÂ sa`sfyingÂ toÂ meÂ becauseÂ peopleÂ haveÂ noÂ clueÂ howÂ dumbedÂ downÂ theÂ songÂ hasÂ goWenÂ onceÂ itâ€™sÂ passedÂ throughÂ severalÂ hands.Â So,Â thisÂ songÂ Ba#leďŹ eld,Â whichÂ wasÂ releasedÂ onÂ myÂ albumÂ withÂ myÂ groupÂ SymphonyÂ CrackÂ Orchestra,Â wasÂ createdÂ whenÂ IÂ satÂ atÂ homeÂ oneÂ dayÂ andÂ toldÂ myselfÂ thatÂ Iâ€™mÂ notÂ goingÂ toÂ careÂ anymore.Â Iâ€™mÂ goingÂ toÂ letÂ goÂ andÂ doÂ whatÂ peopleÂ tellÂ meÂ everydayÂ canâ€™tÂ beÂ doneÂ orÂ isÂ tooÂ much.Â InÂ myÂ opinion,Â myÂ workÂ isÂ great.Â TheÂ wholeÂ albumÂ isÂ aÂ tes`mony.Â ButÂ whenÂ peopleÂ hearÂ Ba#leďŹ eld,Â IÂ feelÂ thatÂ theyÂ canÂ understandÂ whereÂ Iâ€™mÂ comingÂ fromÂ whichÂ isÂ whyÂ itâ€™sÂ theÂ topÂ sellingÂ songÂ onÂ theÂ album. TIM:â€ŠWhoâ€Šareâ€Šsomeâ€Šmajorsâ€Šyouâ€™veâ€Šworkedâ€Šwithâ€Šandâ€Šwhoâ€Šwouldâ€Š youâ€Šlikeâ€Štoâ€Šcollaborateâ€Šwithâ€Šinâ€Štheâ€Šnearâ€Šfuture? TMV:Â IÂ haveÂ workedÂ withÂ Nas,Â Fantasia,Â JohnÂ Legend,Â Lilâ€™Â WayneÂ andÂ allÂ ofÂ YoungÂ Money.Â Itâ€™sÂ almostÂ tooÂ manyÂ toÂ name.Â Iâ€™dÂ reallyÂ likeÂ toÂ workÂ withÂ KanyeÂ WestÂ inÂ theÂ studio.Â Weâ€™veÂ performedÂ togetherÂ duringÂ aÂ liveÂ set,Â butÂ inÂ theÂ studioÂ IÂ thinkÂ weâ€™dÂ comeÂ upÂ withÂ somethingÂ crazy.
TIM:â€ŠWhatâ€Šhasâ€Šbeenâ€Šaâ€Šmemorableâ€Šmomentâ€Šforâ€Šyou? TMV:Â PerformingÂ atÂ theÂ MTVÂ MusicÂ AwardsÂ withÂ LupeÂ Fiasco.Â IÂ hadÂ aÂ lotÂ toÂ overcomeÂ toÂ beÂ inÂ thatÂ moment.Â Iâ€™veÂ workedÂ withÂ severalÂ ar`stsÂ toÂ includeÂ Tâ€?PainÂ whoÂ isÂ aÂ childhoodÂ friend.Â IÂ gotÂ intoÂ theÂ industryÂ byÂ producingÂ forÂ him.Â AndÂ thenÂ IÂ hookedÂ upÂ withÂ Yelawolf.Â SymphonyÂ CrackÂ OrchestraÂ wasÂ hisÂ bandÂ forÂ aboutÂ twoÂ yearsÂ andÂ whenÂ IÂ gotÂ aholdÂ ofÂ hisÂ situa`on,Â heÂ onlyÂ hadÂ aboutÂ 90Â peopleÂ showingÂ upÂ atÂ hisÂ shows.Â WithinÂ threeÂ monthsÂ ofÂ meÂ beingÂ onÂ board,Â weÂ wereÂ sellingÂ outÂ showsÂ inÂ Atlanta.Â ItÂ wasÂ crazy. Â But,Â theÂ situa`onÂ eventuallyÂ foiled.Â IÂ wantedÂ toÂ ventureÂ outÂ onÂ myÂ ownÂ butÂ wasÂ beingÂ toldÂ thatÂ IÂ wouldnâ€™tÂ makeÂ itÂ asÂ anÂ ar`st.Â IÂ wentÂ throughÂ aÂ lotÂ butÂ IÂ decidedÂ toÂ showÂ peopleÂ whatÂ wasÂ reallyÂ up.Â IÂ
TIM:â€ŠHowâ€Šareâ€Šyouâ€Šleavingâ€Šyourâ€Šmarkâ€Šonâ€Štheâ€Šworld? TMV:Â IÂ hopeÂ thatÂ everyoneÂ canÂ seeÂ throughÂ meÂ thatÂ youÂ canÂ really Â liveÂ yourÂ dreams.Â BeÂ whoÂ youÂ areÂ whileÂ notÂ fallingÂ forÂ whatÂ theÂ mediaÂ orÂ mainstreamÂ givesÂ you.Â IÂ wantÂ toÂ inspireÂ peopleÂ toÂ doÂ whatâ€™sÂ inÂ theirÂ heart.Â BecauseÂ ifÂ youÂ do,Â youÂ willÂ succeedÂ atÂ yourÂ giis.Â IÂ believeÂ thatÂ thisÂ isÂ moreÂ powerfulÂ thanÂ justÂ workingÂ aÂ 9Â toÂ 5Â becauseÂ youÂ wantÂ toÂ makeÂ money.Â ThroughÂ allÂ theÂ strugglesÂ IÂ canÂ sayÂ thatÂ Iâ€™veÂ beenÂ blessedÂ ďŹ nanciallyÂ becauseÂ IÂ stuckÂ withÂ myÂ dreams. TIM:â€ŠWhatâ€Šdoâ€Šyouâ€Šdoâ€Štoâ€Šstayâ€ŠmoLvated? TMV:â€ŠIÂ countÂ myÂ blessingsÂ andÂ IÂ constantlyÂ checkÂ myÂ networkÂ toÂ seeÂ whatÂ peopleÂ areÂ saying.Â IÂ haveÂ aÂ videoÂ postedÂ onÂ YouTubeÂ thatÂ hasÂ receivedÂ almostÂ 950,000Â views.Â ItÂ shouldÂ beÂ atÂ aÂ millionÂ byÂ theÂ weekend.Â OnÂ oneÂ FacebookÂ pageÂ Iâ€™mÂ maxedÂ outÂ onÂ friendsÂ andÂ haveÂ overÂ 1,000Â subscribers.Â IÂ justÂ startedÂ aÂ newÂ pageÂ andÂ alreadyÂ haveÂ overÂ 1,000Â likesÂ andÂ SymphonyÂ CrackÂ Orchestraâ€™sÂ pageÂ hasÂ overÂ 4,000.Â IÂ hearÂ peopleÂ fromÂ allÂ overÂ theÂ worldÂ likeÂ Poland,Â Germany,Â theÂ UK,Â AustraliaÂ andÂ JapanÂ tellingÂ meÂ thatÂ theyÂ loveÂ SymphonyÂ CrackÂ Orchestraâ€™sÂ musicÂ andÂ areÂ hugeÂ fans.Â AnotherÂ thingÂ thatÂ mo`vatesÂ meÂ isÂ myÂ faith.Â ThereÂ wereÂ manyÂ situa`onsÂ thatÂ Iâ€™veÂ beenÂ inÂ whereÂ IÂ hadÂ nothingÂ toÂ leanÂ onÂ butÂ faith.Â TheÂ thirdÂ thingÂ thatÂ mo`vatesÂ meÂ isÂ theÂ ďŹ ghtÂ forÂ ourÂ youngÂ peopleÂ â€?Â allÂ theÂ orchestraÂ kidsÂ whoâ€™veÂ beenÂ toldÂ thatÂ theyâ€™reÂ diďŹ€erent.Â Figh`ngÂ toÂ getÂ theÂ worldÂ toÂ understandÂ theÂ language.Â PeopleÂ justÂ arenâ€™tÂ openÂ toÂ theÂ artsÂ nowÂ likeÂ theyÂ wereÂ whenÂ IÂ wasÂ growingÂ up.
It’s like spoken word...when I’m on stage I try to be innovative and implement a way that allows people to connect.
The Mad Violinist performing at the grand opening of Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. Photo by D.J. Bing.
TIM: Describe how you’ve grown as an arLst/musician? TMV: I’ve matured on stage and learned a lot of things the hard way. I got an early start playing in venues when I was 14. I played with Creed at a bar in Tallahassee. They asked me to play with them and my mom was so scared that she sat outside the bar from 10 at night to 2 in the morning. I didn’t know then that Creed would go on to be one of the biggest selling rock bands of all `me. Aier that, I started playing with older musicians who used to teach me. I experienced a life changing situa`on when I played for B.B. King on his birthday when I was 19. I was on stage with a lot of other famous musicians like Kirk Whalum, Winona Judd and Vince Gill. We were on stage having a jam session and B.B. turns around and says “What’s going on? What’s the problem?” He went on to say that we were immature and no one was taking turns. So he asked us to each do a solo and we all received a standing ova`on. The lesson that I learned there was maturity. He pulled me to the side aier that and explained to me that it’s not all about the notes and showboa`ng. It’s about being a performer. Years later I had the opportunity to perform with Yelawolf and this allowed me to see another level. Performing with him is crazy! I had never jumped oﬀ a stage un`l I was with him and things got rowdy. I mean people were pouring beer all over our heads and star`ng riots. One `me it got so crazy that Fantasia and Kandi Burrus, who is also one of my good friends, came up on stage and started dancing next to me while I was playing. It was too crazy. TIM: What message do you hope to send young people through your music? TMV: A lot of what young people see out here is what they want to be in the future because they think it’s so cool. Just like I wanted to be like MC Hammer and Michael Jackson, they want to be like Waka Flocka. The message that I want to send is look at what I’m doing and look at what you can do. You don’t have to
be out there shaking your hair and doing inappropriate things to succeed. That’s not the only cool thing out there. TIM: What piece of advice would you give to all young professionals? TMV: Follow your vision and never stray away from it no maWer what the circumstance. A lot of people have visions and let other people into their visions. But you have to be real careful with that and make sure that everyone involved understands your path because even one person that doesn’t understand you will destroy you. I’ve been in situa`ons where people halfway understood my vision and it was impossible to move forward with them. I now have a team that I am comfortable with. We’re currently ﬁlming a documentary with a produc`on company called Million Dollar Dreamz. They’ve been following us around for almost two years. The ﬁlm will be released at the end of the summer. I’ve allowed them to follow us because they understand our vision. I wouldn’t let just anyone do that. TIM: What’s next for The Mad Violinist and Symphony Crack Orchestra? TMV: Over the past several months I’ve built a huge electronic dub step following on YouTube. Electronic music is very much on the rise right now. I’m puOng out an electronic soul album with Symphony Crack Orchestra. It’s a whole other sound to electronic music ‐ a mix of soul, R&B and alterna`ve inside of dub step. It’s ridiculous. We’re just trying to stay ahead. ‐ FOLLOW THE MAD VIOLINIST AND SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA!
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PATCH CALIFORNIA BASED SCULPTOR SHARES HIS PASSION FOR 3-D By Britt Hutchinson
Who are your inﬂuences? The Grim Reaper, Mother Nature, and Father Time. I love lots of ar`sts, but I’d like to think that I do not make art like them. I can be grouped with other ar`st but I get my inspira`on from other things. Can you tell us how these inﬂuences have shaped you as an ar`st? I’ve accepted that you can’t avoid death or `me, its unavoidable! Why sculpture? Have you thought about other art forms as a crea`ve outlet? I was once a rapper….no, just kidding. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, but personality wise I had to grasp 3‐D. I think I am very tac`le and I like touching. Nature is something I can relate to and wrap my head around. I use my ar`s`c skill as observa`on and turn objects into something more human like.
“I use my artistic skill as observation and turn objects into something more human like.” Describe the sculpture market? How much does your work go for and to whom is it going to? That’s something I don’t know much about because that’s the gallery’s job. Things that I have sold have been totally out of the blue. I was lucky enough to sell a piece to the “21c” but I had I nothing to do with it. The gallery owner took my work and sold it. It was preWy awesome. How do you promote your work? Art shows? Email blasts? TwiWer? I feel that is the job the gallery. GeOng your work into a gallery is such a produc`on and I feel it’s important to build a network. There’s a process that is common where the gallery owner will come to your studio and look around. Should they like what they see, they will get on the phone and call the moneymakers in Hollywood. It’s dealer to collector. They don’t understand my world and I don’t understand theirs. Do you think Facebook and TwiWer are useful tools for self‐promo`on? It’s rela`ve. For me? No. I ﬁnd it to be an uncomfortable environment. Ar`sts know how they want their work to be presented. If your pain`ngs seem silly in a coﬀee shop, don’t hang them there. It’s the same with Facebook. 3‐D work is not well represented in a photo that will be posted on Facebook. It’s been said by many, for young aspiring ar`sts “it’s not what you know but who you know. “ Do you agree? What are your thoughts on this statement? Yeah, I imagine that it helps. That goes back to having a network, but I will not say that a network is everything. Do you ﬁnd it hard to earn a comfortable living being an ar`st? Yes. I don’t earn a living being an ar`st. I work in produc`on installa`on and I also work a part `me job at Lowes. What advice would you give to all young aspiring ar`sts trying to “make it” on their own? Ask yourself if being an ar`st is really who you are. If not, then forget about it. I say that because I wish I had a diﬀerent goal in life. Like owning a store. But I can’t imagine doing anything else. ‐
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Derrick Spivey is an Atlanta based fine artist whose portfolio includes Hip Hop Weekly, VHI, a host of hotels, restaurants, luxury homes and celebrity clients. His work, created from metal, can be described as unique, impeccable and ingenious. Derrick prides himself on offering his clients full creative control over their purchases. He allows the client to select a piece of existing art while choosing a color and size specific to their taste. He is a true sentimentalist, therefore, if you simply envision it, he will bring it to life. If you’re looking for something massive and extraordinary to adorn your two story foyer, or even a petite novelty for your office desk, Derrick will create whatever your heart desires. His prices range from $45 to $27,000 - so even the most novice art collector can add these refined creations to their assemblage. Pictured is the VIP area of Derrick’s art studio and event venue located at 1775 South Columbia Place in Decatur, Georgia. His work is also featured on our cover. -
Spivey’s Creations Model: Mia Davis Wardrobe: Diamonds & Pearls Couture Hair/Makeup: Angelica Kyeremeh Photographer: Jay Young
MEET DRAPE CONNOISSEUR
By Avis Foley ●●●
Dedicated. Obsessive. One of a kind. This interpretation of designer Doo-Ri Chung’s (pronounced dew-ree) clothing line does no justice to the chic and modish looks that she creates. Pounding the runway with her signature drape and jersey blend has proven to be an expressive style that will not easily be forgotten. Already having her infamous purple one-shoulder gown worn to the South Korean state dinner by First Lady Michelle Obama, Chung has made her mark in the world of design and is here to stay.
“Every so often a stylist comes along and delivers amazing talents that puts them in a class of their own.”
orn in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Ramsey, New Jersey, Chung started her own line in the basement of her parent’s dry cleaning business. Borrowing $100,000 from them to fund this opera`on, she deﬁed odds to chase a dream and the hard work eventually paid oﬀ. Not a newcomer to the garment game, Chung launched her explosive label, Doo.Ri, at her downtown New York store Klee in 2001. Talk about ambi`ous.
One could possibly credit this ambi`on to those who took note of her talent. Doo‐Ri has been privy enough to train with designers Geoﬀrey Beene and Albar Elbez. Her work is also heavily inﬂuenced by Claire McCardell. Her contribu`on to fashion will leave an imprint on your wardrobe. As the former recipient of the CFDA ‘s Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for emerging women’s wear, Chung is always looking to grace women with high‐end pieces that elevate their aOre. A few years back, Chung summoned the fashion gods to help launch Under.Ligne ‐ her aﬀordably priced casual collec`on only featured in black, white, and gray. Earlier this year she launched the Doo.Ri Impulse collec`on with Macys. The funky‐printed and colorful compila`ons are fresh, fashion‐forward and aﬀordably priced from $39 to $159. Her more upscale styles can be found in Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, and Jeﬀrey New York. Doo‐Ri knows the power of a well‐dressed woman and gives the term Neo‐Seoul a new meaning. Every so oien a stylist comes along and delivers amazing talents that puts them in a class of their own. Doo.Ri’s breath‐taking prints empower women to do great things and look good at the same `me. So what’s up next for Doo‐Ri Chung? A shoe line and hand‐bag collabora`on are among a few of the projects that Chung has underway, not to men`on her Spring and Fall lines. This woman is on the move! If you’re daring to be diﬀerent and savvy enough to be stylish, Chung’s pieces may inspire you. Remember: comple`ng your look should never be compromised. Just Doo It. ‐
Doo-Ri Chungʼs Photo Source: HuffingtonPost.com
Watch & Learn
By Karissa J. Parker
THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO A TIMELESS CLASSIC
”When the war ended, young well-dressed men wanted to emulate the gallant heroes of the war, and wristwatches became a musthave.” Image Source: Mod-TV.com
THERE IS NOTHING THAT EXUDES A TIMELESS AND TRENDY APPEAL MORE THAN A WATCH. A MAN WHO WEARS A TIMEPIECE REVEALS SO MUCH ABOUT HIMSELF WITHOUT SAYING A WORD. WHETHER HE'S MORE THE “CLASSIC” TYPE OF GUY WITH A SUBTLE AIR OR THE MOST STYLISH TRENDSETTER WHO CRAVES THE LIMELIGHT, A STUNNING WATCH SAYS IT ALL. TO GET FURTHER INSIGHT ON THE HISTORY OF THE WATCH AND HOW A MAN CHOOSES ONE, READ FURTHER... “If you want to be academic about it, the watch is something of an engineering marvel. Watches have hundreds of minuscule parts, me@culously assembled by ar@sans who can trace their craA back to the watchmakers under Elizabeth, Peter, and Napoleon. Before the Great War, these ar@sans were focused on making pocket watches, a true gentleman’s accessory. But during the First World War, soldiers found that the small, easy to maintain wristwatches were an asset in the wet trenches. When the war ended, young well‐dressed men wanted to emulate the gallant heroes of the war, and wristwatches became a must‐have.” ‐ Xiaoli Li (artofmanliness.com) According to Bakari Faulkner, an enthusias`c watch aﬁcionado, the top three things he looks for in a watch are quality, price and style, which holds true for a lot of things. Obviously, quality and price go hand in hand. When the price increases, the quality of the `mepiece increases as well. However, don’t let price deter you from star`ng a collec`on. If you shop wisely, you should be able to snag some good deals. Jay Young, The IMPRINT Magazine’s Director of Photography, explained that a man’s allure for watches is equivalent to how a woman feels about her hair. It’s a necessary item that has to be the right ﬁt. “It’s a fashion statement for most while saying a lot about who you are”, he stated. As far as style goes, Bakari men`oned that he looks for a piece
that is masculine and conserva`ve, yet simple while remaining fashionable. Color also plays a part in his selec`on process. A sleek watch can absolutely play up an outit, much like a statement necklace does for women. For a professional or preppy look, one may don a more simplis`c watch as opposed to when hanging out with the fellas or going out on a date. Your watch may then be more eye catching and unique to upstage your aOre. Also, half the baWle, according to Bakari, is deciding whether or not you want an analog or a digital watch and then deciding what kind of band ﬁts your taste ‐ metal, leather, rubber, etc. Jay has been a watch collector for years and says that two of his favorites are his swiss made Tissot, created to be durable because of its sapphire crystals. It is more of a tradi`onal dress watch that he wears for special occasions. His second favorite is his everyday `mepiece ‐ the solar powered, atomic Casio. Jay remembers his ﬁrst watch being a digital TIMEX given to him by his grandmother when he was 13. “Men wore watches during that `me ‐ not boys. I felt like I had become a man”, Jay explained. Several things to consider when deciding on the quality of a watch are the weight, the movement (the sweep), the name and tradi`on, swiss branding and `me accuracy. To jumpstart your search, refer to sites like watch`me.com and watchlyzer.com. Red Line, Invicta, Swiss Army, Rolex and Tag Heuer are quite pricey, therefore you may have to grow your watch collec`on to this stage over `me. Seiko and Armitron are aﬀordably priced for the novice watch collector. To ﬁnd out more about the classic `mepiece, see our special watch feature at The High Up.com later this month.
Wine Down Wine Tasting Etiquette 101 By Avis Foley
So…I have a confession. I dabble in the art of wine tasting and the truth is that I know NOTHING about the affinity surrounding the color selection, smells, shakes, swishes, or swirls. There, I said it. I should be arrested for impersonating a wine connoisseur. After interrogating close friends recently, I found that MANY of my peers have little to no knowledge about wine what-so-ever! For those of you that are clueless on the art of wine tasting and etiquette, this article is for you. Class is in session (for those 21 years of age and older of course).
THE BASICS Red Wine | Red wines are made from black or red grapes with skins. When grapes are fermented, tannins (astringent, bitter plant) and colors are released which contributes to the deep color and flavor of the wine. Red wines taste better with heavier foods and often tend to be less sweet. Popular red wines include: Beaujolais Nouveau, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Zinfandel. White Wine | White wines are made from white grapes without the skin or seeds. The grapes are put into a crushing machine with yeast until the wine becomes white. White wines can be sweet or dry and have crisp flavors and aromas. This wine tastes better with lighter foods and often tends to be sweet. Popular white wines include: Albarino, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Dry Wine vs. Sweet Wine | Sometimes called table wine, dry wine is the opposite of sweet wine and refers to any wine with essentially zero residual sugar present in the finished, bottled wine. Sweet wines (also referred to as dessert wine) are sometimes produced by picking the grapes before they are fully matured (to preserve acidity) and then dying them in the sun (to produce sweetness). The concept of a “seasonal” wine is debatable because winemakers don’t have the flexibility of brewers to create seasonal wines. Use your food selection to determine your personal “seasonal” taste. Essentially, due to the fact that wine is a seasonal product, the quality of wine is based upon the condition of where the grapes are grown and how the bottles are handled.
“Before wine bottles had labels there was no way to prove where the wine came from.”
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Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s explore what I like to call Life 101. As you view both scenarios, take notes. The things you learn could possibly save your life! Ok, maybe not your life, but you’ll be impressive!
Scenario 1: You go out to dinner with your boss and he suggests that you select the wine. What do you do? In most fine restaurants there will be a sommelier there to assist you with the wine selection process. Once the waiter brings the wine, check the label to make sure you have the correct wine. (Before wine bottles had labels there was no way to prove where the wine came from. During that time the Chateaus were known for having the best wine and maintained their reputation by branding the corks). When the waiter removes the cork he will place it on the table in front of you. You will then smell the cork for signs of spoiled wine. The waiter will pour a small amount in your glass. Place your tablecloth against your wine glass and tilt it in order to see the variance of colors in the wine. Once you approve the wine, the waiter will serve to the rest of your party.
Today’s lesson has provided you with some of the fundamentals of wine tasting and etiquette. Everyone please raise your glasses as I prepare to make this toast. [Clearing my throat] Cheers! To those that want to refine their lifestyle through education, awareness, and service. May all of your travels leave an imprint on the lives of others. Now drink to that! -
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Scenario 2: You have been asked to attend a wine tasting with a friend. What is the proper etiquette? When attending a wine tasting, white wines are usually tasted first. You will first look at the color of the wine for color and clarity. You can hold the glass towards the light to view the variance in color of the wine. Before smelling the wine, swirl to release the wine’s aromas. Smell the wine by sticking your nose into the glass and breathing deeply. You can inhale deep whiffs or take short quick sniffs. Take note of the aroma. Sip the wine and hold in your mouth. Roll it around your tongue before you swallow. Your taste buds will be sweet, sour, or bitter. You can gurgle or swish the wine around to gain a better appreciation for the taste, but this is not necessary. The last step is to either swallow the wine or spit it out. The idea of spitting out wine may seem uncouth, but it will prevent you from getting tipsy. Critical Notes: No smoking during a wine tasting and leave the perfume and cologne at home as to not confuse your sense of smell. Also, if you are a beginner, let others express their opinion about the wines before you do. ✔ If you enjoyed this article, email Avis at email@example.com or contact her on Twitter @iynk1981!
The Jewel Of The Ocean By Vernon F. Clarke
If you are looking for a different place to visit for your next vacation getaway, then Bermuda may be the perfect place for you. This unique island nation located approximately 700 miles off the coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean has a long and interesting history. With a current population of 65,000, Bermuda was officially discovered in 1505 by Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermudez but not settled until 1609 by the Virginia Company of England. The first capital of the island was St. George’s which was established in 1612 - 400 years ago, and is one of the oldest towns in the Americas. It became a British colony in 1707 and remains a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
Why Visit? Bermuda boasts a pleasant climate, beau`ful beaches and a wealth of things to do and see. It provides a safe and stable environment for tourists ‐ mostly from Canada and the UK who frequent its beaches and other aWrac`ons. It has an aﬄuent economy. It is also a bit conserva`ve with the two main industries being oﬀ‐shore which are ﬁnance and tourism. It has a low crime rate but does tend to be more expensive than other tourist des`na`ons.
1 City Hall in Hamilton - Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and City Hall is also home to the Bermuda National Gallery and Bermuda Society of Arts. 2 Cottage on the beach - these can be rented and I plan to on my next trip back. 3 Atlantic Ocean - the beautiful water and fish of the Atlantic Ocean. 4 Homes by the ocean in Sandy's Parish 5 Town Hall, St. George's - this was the original capital, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was established in 1612 (400 years ago). 6 Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda - one of the most popular beaches in Bermuda. 7 Watford Bridge - this is one of the many bridges on the island and the scooter is a very popular form of transportation in Bermuda. 8 Coopers Mansion, Hinson's Island - this is the home of one of the founding families of Bermuda.
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What To Do? In addi`on to its world renowned beau`ful pink sands beaches, there are numerous sights to see and visit. There is historic St. George’s which is a designed UNESCO World Heritage Site, Royal Naval Dockyard, the Bermuda Underwater Explora`on Ins`tute, the Crystal Caves and the Bermuda Na`onal Museum among others. For those of you who are a bit more adventurous and daring there are countless coral reels and ship wrecks which can be explored by scuba diving and snorkeling. With its clear blue water these ac`vi`es can prove to be an experience of a life`me!
So You’re Into The Arts? Hamilton the current capital of Bermuda oﬀers a variety of ar`s`c and cultural events around town throughout the year. In City Hall you will ﬁnd the Bermuda Na`onal Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts which showcases exhibits from both local and interna`onal ar`sts. There is also the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda which houses over 1,200 pieces of art inspired by Bermuda and is a must see for all art enthusiasts.
Sports Anyone? The two main sports are cricket and football (what we call soccer in the States). Bermuda is also home to a number of world class golf courses if you’re looking for some tee `me. Great deep sea ﬁshing can also be had by those interested in such ac`vi`es.
Nightlife There are a number of nightclubs located in Hamilton as well as other parts of town that oﬀer both dancing and live music. There are also a number of bars, pubs and restaurants located on Front Street which are popular with both locals and tourists as well.
A Few Things To Know Before VisiLng Here are a couple of things that will help you plan your visit to the island. You will need a valid passport in order to enter and exit the country. You cannot rent cars on the island and the main modes of transporta`on are scooters, buses and taxis. Keep in mind that they drive on the lei hand of the road which can take some geOng used to. There is no need to exchange your money since the American dollar can be used there. Lastly, there are no lakes or rivers on the island so rain water is the main source of water. All houses have underground water tanks which collect and store it for future use ‐ so people are keen about water conserva`on. Overall, if you’re looking for somewhere fun, interes`ng and unique to visit, then put Bermuda at the top of your list of places to explore!
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APSHO N S N A RIC AN AME
By Karissa J. Parker
What do most people think about when they hear the mention of India? Perhaps Taj Mahal, Bollywood, Gandhi and Slumdog Millionaire?! Many people have no idea how beautiful and unique this country truly is. The IMPRINT Magazine had the chance to catch up with two hard working women - Sindhura Suryadevara and Meenal Champaneri, both Indian descendants, who wanted to share their thoughts and feelings about their amazing culture. Meenal, though ethnically Indian, was born in Zambia, Africa. That's right. She was born an African citizen. She and her family moved to the United States when she was five. Sindhura, on the other hand, was born in South India in a city called Guntur and moved to the United States when she was 6 years old. Both young ladies profess a strong love and respect for their culture, but embrace more modern beliefs and ideologies since coming to America.
/ What is something unique about the Indian culture?
Sindhura: My culture celebrates life. It’s unique in its teachings that everything in this universe from nature to animals to people have an important role to play in maintaining a balance and how every ac`on has a consequence. It teaches you to not only enjoy life, but to embrace every aspect of it ‐ the sad, the happy, the ugly, and the beau`ful. Meenal: There isn't just one thing unique about the Indian culture. It’s unique in the fes`vals celebrated, the music, the clothing, the food, etc.
/ Are you tradiLonal or modern in your beliefs?
Sindhura: I consider myself more modern when it comes to social ac`vism, female rights and independence, but tradi`onal when it comes to spiritual beliefs and certain principles of my culture and faith: such as karma and regarding the way of life with respect towards every being in the universe: whether it’s human, animal or nature. Meenal: I'm in the middle when it comes to this ques`on. I have been brought up to respect and acknowledge my cultural background and am proud of it. However, when away from home and not under the guidance of my mother, many of my tradi`onal upbringings tend to be forgoWen.
/ What music is associated with the Indian culture?
Sindhura: A vast variety!! People some`mes don't realize that India is home to a mul`tude of cultures and people, so our music is a reﬂec`on of that. We have folk music, classical, western inﬂuence, pop, rock, rap, Muslim inﬂuence, Asian, "Bollywood", "Tollywood" and the list is endless! Meenal: My family is from the state of Gujarat where the music is mostly folk. However, with Bollywood being such a huge part of Indian culture, songs from the movies are very popular and can range from being very tradi`onal to very mainstream incorpora`ng western sounds and even ar`sts.
/ What do you wish people knew about your country/culture?
Sindhura: I wish people knew that my country was more than just Slumdog Millionaire and the poverty that you see on mainstream television. My country is home to a variety of cultures and such a vast diversity of people that live life in such a vibrant, colorful way that is never really shown mainstream. We are more than just the Taj Mahal. We have the old palaces of Rajasthan, the beaches of Goa, the villages on the water in Kerala, the Sunset/ Sunrise on the Kanyakumari, temples, forts, and an endless list of other beau`ful landmarks! We are the birthplace of Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Tagore, and so many more!
/ What would be considered a tradiLonal dish?
Meenal: Thali, which is a selec`on of diﬀerent dishes on one large plate. It usually consists of rice, dhal (gravy dish made from len`ls), ro`, pickle/chutney, vegetables, yogurt, and a sweet dish. Sindhura: Such a hard ques`on, because Indians love to eat! One of my favorites is Pulihora (which is called yellow rice). Its white rice that has been mixed with a pinch of tumeric, a few tablespoons of lemon juice, and has cashews/peanuts added to it. Its a very simple dish, but absolutely delicious! We make it for special events (weddings, birthdays), for religious ceremonies, and as an everyday meal.
/ What are some of your aspiraLons as a young professional?
Sindhura: I want my life to have meaning and purpose. I dream of having the ability to change society in even the smallest way. I aspire to become a physician and eventually become a member of Doctors Without Borders so that I can provide care to those in need that may not have the resources to obtain it. I believe that life is a gii and I want that gii to mean something. If I can aﬀect even one person's life posi`vely during my life`me then I will have lived a fulﬁlling life. I want to travel the world, see as much as I can and meet all its inhabitants with their diﬀerent cultures and way of life. I want to look back one day and feel as though I truly lived a fulﬁlling and adventurous life. ‐
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She’s the flyest, most sought after female disc jockey phenom in the industry. She’s the boss when it comes to her craft. She doesn’t dare open her own doors because she’s very much a lady. She demands respect and does not like to be referred to as anything other than her stage name that can be heard chanted in venues across the globe. She’s the visionary behind Pretty Girls Rock - an annual event created to celebrate all women. She’s none other than the beautiful, bold and unstoppable...
TRACI STEELE Interview By N. Renee Photos by Will Kennedy
The IMPRINT Magazine: So tell us about your pre‐DJ years? Traci Steele: Well, I’m originally from The Bronx New York. I lived there for 19 years and then decided to join the Air Force because I wanted to do something diﬀerent. I also wanted to travel the world and I never got the opportunity. I was sta`oned in Virginia and was lei there for 4 years! I was praying that I would get sent overseas to the desert or something but the military wouldn’t let me go. Once I started DJ‐ing at 22, that took me around the world! Who knew?!! When I lei the military I started working for a radio sta`on at a college that I didn’t even aWend. TIM: Have you always had a passion for music? TS: My parents are Jamaican so I grew up in a house full of music, but it was mostly Caribbean music. With that, it helped me to naturally gain my sense and taste for music. When I became a DJ, it instantly felt right. I was given some records and I mixed them. I had to learn things and build my skill but most of it just came to me. It was like I was meant to be a DJ. I think it all stemmed from me growing up in a West Indian household. TIM: How have you been received as a female disc jockey? TS: It’s exci`ng to be able to stand with my male counterparts and be respected and just as good as they are. The fact that there are so few female DJs doesn’t deter me at all. It just makes me want to help other women get to where they want to be. I have a lane that I’m in and I’m going to take advantage of it. TIM: Tell us about one of your favorite DJ‐ing moments? TS: It was the ﬁrst `me I had ever DJ’d and I was wai`ng on my son’s father, who at the `me was only a friend (he now DJs for Chris Brown). I was wai`ng at the club to give him a ride home and was bored to death. Some guys saw me standing there and asked me to mix these two records. I mixed them and they were like “that was luck!” so they asked me to mix two more records and I mixed them. They were ﬂoored and told me that I needed to be a DJ. They then asked me to go with them to DJ a party that night and I did. I knew absolutely nothing about music selec`on at the `me so they had to hand me records and they kept handing them to me and I would drop them and then they would hand me some more and I would drop them again! The party was rocking and I was like “Oh my God!! This is me!!” And then my son’s father got on the mic and he told everybody to say my name. And they said it and it was a wrap. I was like “Oh my God, I am going to do this for the rest of my life!! I am a DJ. That’s it!” It was my ﬁrst experience as a DJ and I will never forget that moment. Prior to
that, I was just a radio personality and�� didn’t know anything about turntables. That rush and energy from DJ‐ing was amazing to me and I never looked back! TIM: What has been your toughest obstacle? TS: Building my brand. It’s the thing that’s taken me more `me to develop than anything else. I believe that I have the talent. I know that I can rock a party. But building my brand is taking longer than I expected though I do have pa`ence. I realize that my `me will come to be the female Funk Master Flex. Other than that, I think that everything just kind of falls into place exactly where it’s supposed to be. TIM: What irks you? TS: It may seem peWy but it bothers me when people call me DJ Traci because that’s not my name. I work hard at branding Traci Steele and that’s what I w a n t t o b e c a l l e d . A n d some`mes people might say ‘Lady DJ’ and I’m like what?? If you don’t know my name, ask me what my name is! Outside of music, I do not like when a man doesn’t open a door for me. I hate that. Recently I was standing outside of a man’s car wai`ng for him to open my door and so we just kept standing there going back and forth for about 10 minutes un`l he ﬁnally gave in. Needless to say, we did not go out again. I had to prove a point. Chivalry isn’t dead. TIM: What are some of your favorites? TS: I love BMWs and my favorite movie is Wedding Crasher. I also love reggae music, ox tails and electronics! Show me a sexy turn table and I am in LOVE!! TIM: What is something you can’t leave home without? TS: Lip gloss! I am a lip gloss crackhead! I own so many that it’s ridiculous. It’s so bad that I can’t even go to sleep at night without applying it! TIM: What is something most people may not expect from you? TS: Most people don’t expect that I’m a DJ. When I meet people outside of my professional seOng and they ask me what I do for a living, they are quite shocked. For some reason people aWribute looks to DJ‐ing so I get told a lot that I’m too preWy to be a DJ. TIM: Share with us how you came up with the concept for your annual Pre^y Girls Rock event. 》
ADVERTISEMENT continued from previous page... TS: I was doing a photo shoot for a magazine about a year and a half ago and the young lady who was doing my
make‐up men`oned something about preWy girls and it stuck in my head. And then Keri Hilson’s song had just come out by the same name and I kept thinking about it and said to myself that I had to do something. It resonated with me and it wouldn’t leave me and by the end of the photo shoot I decided that I had to do an event. A week later I was planning it and then the whole art, fashion and music piece came about because I wanted to do something diﬀerent to set myself apart. So I decided to incorporate various forms of ar`stry. People have seen fashion shows and been to concerts as well as art exhibits. So I thought about doing a mini version of each one. So that’s how it came about. TIM: What advice would you give to young people about pursuing their dreams? TS: Ohhh...I have so much to say about this. When I was younger I did not take my career seriously and I didn’t understand a brand and the meaning of marke`ng as well as the meaning of building on my talent. I feel that young people are wayward and don’t have any direc`on. What young people need are mentors. Period. That mentor is going to help you develop yourself and teach you the things that you need to grow your talent. If you don’t have a mentor I think it can be diﬃcult because some`mes when you’re young you don’t really know what you want to do. You have all these talents. You’re a jack of all trades but you don’t really know how to master the one thing. There’s nothing I can’t do. If you ask me to ﬂy a plane I would ﬂy it tomorrow. But I want to focus on DJ‐ing because that’s what I feel like I’m best at. And that’s what I wanted to master before I stepped into other things like modeling. People are always saying that I should model but I say that I need to do this ﬁrst and then I’ll branch oﬀ. Like Diddy. He started with one thing then branched oﬀ into other things. So, master one thing. Get a mentor so that you can develop that thing. Learn how to market that one thing and learn how to turn that talent into an actual business. If you do whatever it is that you love to do and you’re passionate about, the money will come. A lot of the `me people will give up on their passions and dreams because the money is not coming as quickly as they would like. So they go get the 9 to 5 and become content with the checks that are coming in, when in reality, if you had stuck with your passion, that check would have doubled, tripled and quadrupled because you’re passionate and love what you do. ‐ FOLLOW DJ TRACI STEELE! @TraciSteele Traci Steele www.tracisteele.com
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Young Business Mogul
WITH BUSINESS MOGUL Kamar Zachery Feature by Shaundra T. Smith | Photos by Channessa Roundtree
here is deﬁnitely a reason why we selected Kamar Zachery for this issue’s Young Execu`ve feature. He’s the head honcho, creator extraordinaire and mo`vated mastermind of Oema Takorr Fashions. If you’ve seen Bobby Valen`no, Jeremih, or Yung Joc walking around with a daring, colorful set of lips on their chest, then you’ve seen Oema Takorr in full eﬀect.
We’ve done our share of interviews with impressive business people, but never have we heard of anyone star`ng a business as a joke – and then become a success from it! Even down to one of his most popular designs, it was produced just to prove to naysayers that he could do it. “I was siOng around with some of my very masculine guys friends and showing them some of my drawings and they started poin`ng out which of the images they would actually wear on a shirt. They pointed to the drawing of the lips and said ‘Just don’t do that one!’” said Kamar. Not only did he bet that that he could get men to wear a shirt with lips on it, but that they would also spend $95 for one – and that it would all happen in 6 months. Well…he did it in 5! Impressive. Kamar believes “once you set your mind to something, the universe starts working with you.” He began his t‐shirt line by going into stores buying solid colored shirts, cuOng out the tags, buying fabric paint from local crai stores and coming up with all the designs, all on his own. “My ﬁrst shirts looked like a third grader designed them,” admits Kamar. He con`nued to push forward with his plan and through Facebook, Kamar connected with a denim company that could manufacture his shirts. Once he started manufacturing, he came up with his own labels, hang tags and custom measurements, which gave him the boost he needed to approach retail stores. Moda404, a high proﬁle bou`que in Atlanta, Georgia, was the ﬁrst to open their doors for Oema Takorr Fashions to take ﬂight. The outcome? Kamar dropped the shirts oﬀ at the store on a Thursday and by Saturday the en`re collec`on was sold out. Since then, he’s been showing people how to “Experience the Lifestyle” of being bold and brave enough to live life to the fullest no maWer what stage.
Besides the clothing line, we also uncovered the things that make Kamar `ck. His favorite fashion feOsh? Slippers! It’s the cherry red ones that start the most conversa`ons. Favorite fan base? “My mom, my younger sister and my wonderful girlfriend…hands down,” says Kamar. Favorite CD? “Honestly,” he says, “I’m constantly listening to personal development by Jim Rohn, Les Brown, John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins and Earl Nigh`ngale.” Kamar’s boWom line to The Imprint Magazine readers: You become what you think about. If you have a par`cular goal in mind, you should constantly reconﬁrm it with things that are congruent with what you’re trying to do. ‐‐
// Once you set your mind to something, the universe starts working with you. // - Kamar 32 ║
FOLLOW OEMA TAKORR FASHIONS! @OemaTakorr Oema Takorr www.oematakorr.com
THE ARTISTRY OF
Atlanta Based Kellie Griffin Interiors Is Among The Industry’s Elite
By N. Renee | Photos By David Christensen
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had no idea what I was about to witness when I stepped inside the Atlanta Symphony Associate’s Show House late last month. The nearly 83 year old Knollwood Estate sits on several acres in the heart of one of Atlanta’s most treasured communi`es ‐ Buckhead. The 4 million dollar mansion is modeled aier Chatham, an 18th Century estate in Staﬀord County, Virginia by celebrated architect Phillip Trammel Shutze. Kellie Griﬃn, President of Kellie Griﬃn Interiors, greeted myself and Shaundra T. Smith (The IMPRINT Magazine’s Director of Brand Marke`ng) at the end of the winding driveway and instructed us on how to expertly `p toe over the slate gray cobblestone in 3 inch heels without spraining an ankle. Kellie quickly ushered us through the side door where we were led to the double curved staircase that nearly took the breath out of me as I eagerly climbed to reach the top where I would soon discover something so amazing ‐ created in the depths of Ms. Griﬃn’s mind. It took Kellie only six weeks to convert this exquisite mul`‐dimensional “man cave” which decades prior, was used for storage. Her mother, who is also an interior designer, did not believe that her daughter could perform a miracle with the once dense space. But, that’s just what ar`sts do. They make the impossible, possible. They take a blank canvas and instead of seeing nothing, they envision color paleWes, shapes and styles that slowly come together piece by piece un`l the untrained eye is able to see a reﬂec`on of the ar`st’s mind. What you see here is what Kellie envisioned six weeks before
comple`on. As I walked around the room, I no`ced the mini dominos that adorned the oak bookshelves as well as the glass chess pieces. See, it’s the liWle things ‐ subtle details that make all the diﬀerence. Shaundra was drawn to the corner ligh`ng modeled aier street lamps and the mirrored bar. Before there was a bar, there stood a wall. The pool table, the rugs, the modern drapes, the leather chairs, and the pain`ngs. I was completely entranced. I looked all around me...panning this room that had come to life and all I could feel was a sense of profound inspira`on. Looking back at Kellie, who was standing on the opposite side of the pool table, I asked her “How?” How did she see this in her head? Especially aier she showed us the “before” pictures. She explained, in her most humble and gracious way, “It surprises even me some`mes. It’s deﬁnitely a gii.” Her gii is one that has been showcased in several issues of Atlanta Homes Magazine and talked about all over the southeast. The Atlanta Symphony Show House is one of her many projects to include homes in aﬄuent Georgia neighborhoods like River Club, Dunwoody and Sugarloaf. The 27 year old University of Mississippi graduate is already leaving an indelible mark on the design world. The IMPRINT Magazine is pleased to introduce you to this accomplished young woman. 》
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How long she’s been an interior designer... This is my second year. Since I was a liWle girl I’ve always wanted to do this. It’s been a dream my en`re life. My mom and grandmother have always had a huge passion for decora`ng as well. So we’ve always gone to show homes and love to hunt for an`ques together. I was able to get an internship in my ﬁeld and that turned into a full `me job. I did that for a year before I ventured out on my own. Her favorites... I love the color gray and all genres of music. I enjoy mexican food and steak with a glass of red wine. I love Bermuda and Europe. I had the opportunity to study abroad in London when I was in college. Her hobbies... I go ﬁshing a lot. My ﬁance is an outdoorsman. I also like to go an`que shopping with my mom to ﬁnd rare pieces. It’s so fun! Her favorite room to decorate... Any space ‐ though I would love to do a liWle girl’s room with a canopy bed. Any room is fun for me because I design it speciﬁcally to my client’s taste. I’m preWy good at pinpoin`ng what people like, almost beWer than what I like, to be honest. Every space that I do becomes personal. Oh, and love wallpaper! Bright, bold colors in a small bathroom would be cool. Most challenging part about her job... Timing is HUGE! Especially when ordering furniture. It some`mes takes 6 to 8 weeks for items to come in. Another challenge is the inability of the client to picture what I see. I try to make it as visual as possible. I’m also working on my sternness. Some`mes I can be too nice. I realize that the more I work in my ﬁeld, I’ll become stronger in this area. How o`en she changes her room around... All the `me! I used to keep my furniture on sliders so that my ﬁance wouldn’t have to help me move it around. My living room has probably been re‐arranged 50 `mes ‐ and I’ve only lived there a year!
“I plan to write a coffee table book and launch a line of furniture. I want to become a household name.” - Kellie
Her favorite color pale^e... Cooler hues ‐ grays, lavender and the palest of pinks. Her favorite art form... I would have to say pain`ngs. I hold a degree in Art History so I’ve studied a number of them. And I also like sculpture and an`ques. An`ques and old art especially ‐ things with a past and a story cap`vate me.
Basics readers should consider when decoraLng... Don’t forget that a corner can become a nook. Put a chair and a small table there and create your own private place. Every piece that you select does not have to make a statement. And be sure to keep an open mind. If you’re going for a Tuscan look, everything doesn’t have to be brown and gold. You need to add some neutrals for the overall eﬀect. And it is okay to mix silver and gold. Some people just don’t get that! Where she sees herself in three years... First, I want to make the cover of a magazine. Then I plan to write a coﬀee table book and launch a line of furniture. I want to become a household name. Her advice to anyone ready to venture into entrepreneurship... Make sure that you have the legal basics covered like how you want your business to be set up. Don’t let anything get you down ‐ you have to keep your eyes on the goal. Most businesses don’t make money within the ﬁrst two years. Though it may seem like a long `me, don’t give up. If people think that what you’re doing is not the best idea, but you think that it is ‐ don’t listen to them, because you know. ‐
Visit www.kelliegriﬃninteriors.com and www.decoratorsshowhouse.org.
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Life, Love &
The IMPRINT Magazine recently posed a ques`on to several young people about rela`onships. We asked ‐ “many people have stated that they married for business purposes. Do you feel that young people marry for true love and companionship anymore, or, is business (ﬁnancial stability, material possessions and status) more so the determining factor to saying ‘I Do’?” Well guys, we received some great feedback and want to con`nue the discussion. If you’d like to weigh in on this topic or want to pose a ques`on of your own, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on our Facebook fan page at Aspire Online Media! If you can keep it short and ‘tweet’, message us on TwiWer @AspireOnline. Read a few of the responses below...
I feel that young adults do marry nowadays thinking that they are in love. But how can this be, given that there is no real sacrifice made to even gain the title of love? Most couples are in lust, which is pretty much - I like how this person makes me feel physically or what the person can provide me. They lust at the material side of it all instead of loving the spirit of the person or the actual act of sacrifice which equates love. A lot of times we as women give all of ourselves thinking that we need to market ourselves and thereʼs no real sacrifice for the man. We have men thinking that the sacrifice comes at the altar as though they are about to miss out on all the fun as a single man. The act of love and sacrifice should have been in force long before you ever hit the aisle.
Shanai Dominique 26
TIP! Choose a couple whom you admire to seek advice about your current relationship - especially if you are thinking about marriage. They can give you real life scenarios about sharing your future with a spouse.
I believe that marriage is a gift from God bringing two people together to become one. In that union, love and experiences are shared - good and bad. This exceeds a “business” arrangement so Iʼm in it for traditional companionship and love. Interestingly though, I have an ex spouse who believed the exact opposite because as soon as the stability became shaky, he lost his urge for commitment, sad to say. I think that my opinion is in the minority when compared to other young adults today.
Tina F. 34
I feel that if you donʼt marry someone that you grew up with where the love was probably genuine, meeting new people in the real world can throw you off. People look for material things and watch the characters on reality shows and have gotten it all confused.
Out of 86 million 18-34 year old Americans who are on Facebook: 25% are single 24% are married 17% are in a relationship 4% are engaged 30% didnʼt say March 2012 Nielsen Report
WHERE’S THE LOVE
With our schedules being super busy, sometimes months go by before I see my sister. At the beginning of this year I was excited to visit to show off my weight loss and how toned I had become. Needless to say, my bodacious body mixed with a little envy inspired her to perfect her body as well. After recently getting an update on her progress, I was surprised to learn that her journey had come to a halt. The conversation went something like this: Me: What happened?
To Your Fitness Regimen!
Her: It’s too hard. I did everything and I still have my muffin top. You set me up. [Laughing] Me: [Laughing] No I didn’t. What did you eat? What exercises did you do? Her: I ate healthy and I got on my bike.
By Avis Foley
Me: [Still laughing] What does that mean? Is that it? Her: (with an attitude) What do you mean is that it? I did what you said and it didn’t work. It’s your fault. While I knew I wasn’t fully to blame for her disappointment, I then realized that she hadn’t been properly educated on what a fitness regimen consists of. Obtaining your best body takes hard work and immense dedication. This is why being knowledgeable about the art of exercising is vital. Below are three key factors to consider when beginning a workout routine and recommendations to chisel all sections of your body. (Always consult your doctor before beginning any fitness regimen).
MINDSET/LIFESTYLE (PosiLve Thinking) In order for this union to work both a mental and physical commitment must be made. You have to be your biggest mo`vator and remain posi`ve. Working out should be fun and can be used to relieve stress. Understand that there are going to be days you are extremely frustrated and want to give up but you must push yourself. Know that this process takes Lme (no maWer what size you are). Before you begin this journey write down what you want to accomplish and set realis`c goals along the way. Keep a food journal and weekly track your progress‐but don’t overdo it. Jumping on the scale every ﬁve minutes will drive you crazy. Focus on feeling good and not numbers. Having posi`ve people around can also provide the support needed to be successful. You can join boot camps, gym classes, and work out with family members and friends. If you meet your exercise goals for the week treat yourself in careful modera`on on the weekend. Remember: Remaining disciplined will produce great results. Being healthy is a lifestyle and should be treated as such. DIET (Healthy EaLng/Drinking) Ea`ng healthy is required when trying to reach your ﬁtness goals. Vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and select low‐fat dairy products should be a daily part of your diet. As hard as it may be, you have to ditch the fast food. Yes, it tastes great, but we all know it’s not healthy. Partaking in the consump`on of fast food on a consistent basis will have nega`ve eﬀects on your body. If you are one who lives their life on the go or simply prefers the taste, choose low calorie items on the menu. For those who love ﬁne dining this applies to you, too. No ea`ng aier 8 p.m. is recommended. Remember: Ea`ng less
does not guarantee weight loss. It’s important to eat three `mes a day with healthy snacks in between meals. Whether you believe it or not, water works! Since the body is comprised mostly of water it is highly essen`al. It replenishes your body and works with your diges`ve system, blood, and oxygen to ﬂush out toxins. It prevents dehydra`on and aids in maintaining great skin, hair, and nails. Most doctors recommend 6‐8 ounces of water a day. Remember: What you put in your body ul`mately has to come out. EXERCISE REGIMEN (TargeLng Core Areas) One common mistake people make is focusing on one area of the body when exercising; oien referred to as spot reducing. Focusing on strengthening all areas will allow your body to look equally appealing. Varying your exercise rou`ne also challenges and confuses the muscles. Think quality not quan`ty when working out. Comple`ng your reps correctly will minimize pain and maximize results. Remember: Cardio is cri`cal! Make sure you have the proper tools when working out. Water, suppor`ve shoes, and proper aOre directly aﬀect the quality of your workout. Bringing along your favorite music allows you to beWer enjoy your workout while grooving at the same `me. Don’t overdo it. Your body has to rest. Becoming obsessive about exercising can become detrimental to your health. Most professionals recommend that you work out 3‐4 `mes a week for a minimum of 45 minutes and get 8 hours of sleep each night.
Not sure about your workout plan? Below are exercises that are certain to refine your body... Abs
Oblique Twists Crunches The Plank Sit-Ups Leg Raises Toe Touches Lunges
Bicep Curls Tricep Dips Push Ups Chair Dips Fore Arm Planks Cardio Lunges
Dead Lifts Pullovers Dips Push Ups Bench Press Shoulder Press
Lunges Scissor Legs Squats Hip Extensions Toe Squats Bicycling Running/Walking
Squats Step-Ups Lunges Dead Lifts Glute Extentions Running/Walking
It’s important to maintain a healthy standard of living in order to reach new heights. Now that you have the proper tools to do so, get up off the couch and go crunch, squat, and lift your way to a NEW YOU! -Avis
Investing In Yourself: 5 Steps To Growth and
Prosperity By Avis Foley
WANTED: Determined, savvy and business-minded self-starter who confronts fear and embraces excellence! Confident they possess the potential to start the business they have always wanted. Must be willing to pursue purpose, despite obstacles. Will go the extra mile to brand their “brand”. (Serious inquiries only). » 40 ║
We know you fit the description, so why have you waited so long to apply? You’ve always had the tools and ambition, but perhaps you lacked direction. Or maybe it was fear that caused you to fold-over before you even took your first shot. Oh … I know. You justified your defeat by using the cop-out of not having enough money. Well whatever the case, the EXCUSES end TODAY! It is time to invest in you! Starting a business is scary, but with change comes challenges and with challenges comes growth. It’s time to step into the person you were destined to become and utilize your natural gifts to the fullest. You will no longer sit around wondering “what if” while everyone around you is finding a way to make their dreams manifest. Whether it’s starting your own jewelry line or beginning your own cleaning service, get ready to put your talents to the test!
《 WHERE TO START 》
Brand Your Business Plan/SET GOALS - When formulating a business plan ask yourself these important questions: • What will you do to make sure your brand stands apart from the rest? • What is your mission and purpose? • What are your long and short term goals? How will you achieve them? • What steps will you take to continuously improve? How will you remain relevant?
Answering these key questions and putting ideas to paper will produce great results!
Seek A Mentor - Having a confidant to guide you along the way will help provide the confidence and knowhow to succeed on all levels. While you will make mistakes, a mentor will be there to help make the oversights easier. Find someone who has already proved to be successful in the business and form a relationship with them. Ask questions! Ask questions! Ask questions! Mentors are there to help and find pleasure in helping those that want to help themselves. Some will expose you to invaluable resources that can transform your life! Be sure to also utilize the mentors that currently surround you (teachers, coaches, pastors, etc.).
Make Your Presence Known - Don’t have a lot of funds for a marketing program? Get creative! There are several cheap ways to advertise your product. Try postcard marketing, blogging, and social bookmarking. Use various media outlets to advertise your product and upload videos about your goods. Promotional products such as T-shirts, buttons, and writing utensils can also be used. And let’s not forget about WORD OF MOUTH!!! Tell everyone that will listen (and even those who show no interest) about what you have to offer and give your product away for those willing to try!
Build Contacts - Networking with others is always beneficial. In doing this you will build relationships and gather indispensable insight and strategies that will provide opportunities for you to flourish. It really is about who you know. Try the following professional online networking websites to connect with professionals such as yourself: • LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com • Networking For Professionals - www.networkingforprofessionals.com • Xing - www.xing.com • Plaxo - www.plaxo.com
Anticipate Challenges, Exercise Faith - This process will prove to be challenging but it’s important to keep an open and positive mind. Someone once said that it takes ten years to become an overnight success. Concentrate less on the time it takes and more on getting to the next level of publicizing your gifts! You will have more difficulties than victories but still continue to thrive! Sacrifice is vital to your success. Exercise your faith and give your worries to a higher being. Do something every day to move closer towards your goal. When feeling overwhelmed, stop and be thankful for everything you have already accomplished in life. Stay prayerful and do things that relieve stress such as exercising and reading. And above all, stay focused!
In order to excel, it’s important that you are educated on the business of starting a small business. This process is comprised of many components that work together to produce an end result. Being knowledgeable puts you ahead of your competition. There are several things to consider when pioneering your passion. Visit the following websites to learn everything you need to know about starting a small business: www.sba.gov, www.startupnation.com, and www.score.org. Read more tips on becoming an ENTREPRENEUR in our next issue! -
Now that you have secured the position, LET’S GO TO WORK!!!
Redefining “Me” Time! DAYCATIONS FOR THE ACTIVE, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL By Ashlyn B. Kirk
It’s 5:30 on a Monday morning and you’re in your bed tossing and turning thinking about project deadlines, voicemails, emails and meetings. Being a young professional can be super demanding especially if you have a large circle of friends and close family who occupy your weekends. And let’s not forget about grocery shopping, household chores and the gym membership which take up all your other spare time. Throughout all the hustle and bustle, at what point do you actually set aside quality time for yourself while putting your busy life on pause? What is a young professional to do between a hectic schedule and an extended vacation? Add a daycation to your list of things to do! The IMPRINT Magazine defines daycations as “a 24 hour uninterrupted period where you purposely disconnect from life’s demands and spoil yourself for no reason at all.” (Note: Daycations DO NOT include special occasions such as birthdays.) We highly recommend a daycation every 60 to 90 days and that you comply to the following rules to make each one count!
Plan a stay away from home
Update your voicemail/email to “away” status
Daycation alone (sorry, no boos allowed)
Relax and Rejuvenate
Set aside a $150 budget (per daycation)
Daycations should typically include breakfast before 9:00 am, an afternoon outing, lunch, an evening outing and dinner. If you choose only one outing, the remaining time can be spent reading a good book or watching a movie in your hotel room. To keep within your budget, you can always find great daycation deals at Travelzoo.com, GiltCity.com, Local.Amazon.com and Travel.Yahoo.com. - We want to hear about your daycation experience! Email us at email@example.com.
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams. -Ashley Smith
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