They say good friends are hard to find, but finding a friend in Keisha was like a bird falling into my lap out of the sky… literally. I love me some Lakeisha! There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t talk and normally it’s an all day thing lol. Anyone who reads our texts would have a hard time keeping up because our topics change so drastically at the blink of an eye. There’s just never a dull moment with her.
I’m always picking Keisha’s head because I learn so much from her and she’s such a creative spirit. I appreciate the fact that she’s an open book with me, always giving me a different perspective on everything we discuss. So I wanted to take it a step further and actually interview her. Her responses show exactly why I love her so much as a person! Dope people come together and create dope sh*t. Here’s the proof:
We’ve been friends for a while now and one of the things I admire most about you is your ability to stay grounded. What do you think has been the driving factor to maintain stability as an adult?
First off, thank you for taking the time out to even consider me!
My driving factor in maintaining stability as an adult mostly derives from the reality that as a child I didn’t always have that option in a sense. My father was in the Military so we moved around a lot and I never felt like I quite belonged in any particular place. After my parents divorced my mother did an amazing job raising us, but things weren’t always easy. Most of my drive comes from wanting to give my daughter everything I had as a child, and go beyond that! It’s imperative that children always feel a sense of stability in their surroundings. If I’m not able to provide that for my child, it’s almost guaranteed to affect her in many ways in the future.
You’ve finally taken the steps you need to in order to become the MUA you have always wanted to be. What has been the scariest thing about chasing that dream?
The scariest part would have to be the grey area. What If I fail? Are there enough opportunities in such a saturated market? Will my work be accepted? However, I believe these types of feelings could be the same things that prevent something great from happening, so I’ve decided to give my all and not look back! After all what’s life without a little risk? Passion is definitely a quality that only the courageous will understand.
What would be your ideal job to receive as an MUA? From the face to the event… what would be the perfect setting for you?
I would love to specialize in weddings. I’m a sucker for love, so to be requested as one of the people responsible for making a woman look and feel beautiful on one of the most important days in her life would be rewarding for me. Some women have never worn a full face of makeup until their wedding day arrives. That is a huge, huge, huge, huge deal! The bride will look at those photos 40 years from now, and may not remember my name, but I guarantee she will smile at the way she felt looking in the mirror before walking down the aisle to her future husband.
Give me one beauty product or regimen that every woman should have.
No one should be out here partying all night, and not washing off their makeup. Proper skin care is so important, because after youth fades so will that perfect skin you once knew. The regimen will vary for every woman, but at the end of the day find out your skin type, triggers, and what works best for you and do it every single day. Oh, and always remember to use moisturizer!
Not only are you a glam guru, but you have an ear inclined to good music. I love that your musical preference is exclusive to those most passionate about their chosen art form. What is it about your favorite songs and artists that have captured your heart?
I’m a writer at heart, so lyrics will always be the captivating part of a song for me. Sure, there is nothing like a dope beat, but what is the artist saying over that? I don’t always listen to dance or have a good time. I listen to feel. Music is the one language that we all speak. I want to be able to put on a record by my favorite artist and know that any feelings I’m going through at the moment will have a song there for me to relate to. Take Kelis as an example: The thing I’ve always admired about her is the ability of understanding the process of evolution as a person/artist, and it reflects in her music without a doubt. I discovered her music at the age of 16, and now I’m 31. For me to still be able to listen to her and not feel a lack of maturity on either end speaks volumes. With each album she has ever released there has always been an insane amount of growth. Those are the qualities that are most important to me.
What would you consider to be the golden year of music in your opinion?
This is a question that I could never fully answer. For every year that music has been around there is magical moment there. I’ve always believed that people will relate music to a time in their lives that holds certain memories. If I were to say there was one golden year for me, it would be an extremely nostalgic response coinciding with that “perfect” timing. However, I can go out on a limb and say I think the best music was made in the 90’s, hands down!
Everyone’s life should have a theme song. What is yours?
“I hope you dance” by Leann Womack and Yolanda Adams “The Battle is not yours”. I can’t choose between those two, but they both have spoken to my life in beautiful ways..
What is one thing you wish you had known prior to now that may have saved you from something you could have avoided?
I should have always continued to follow my dreams without allowing myself to get sidetracked by doubt, lack of confidence and immaturity. I’ve always known exactly what I should have been doing. God has a plan for all of us, but it’s up to us to seek him for the right path to take in getting there.
You know I’m always telling you that you have a contagious aura that tends to make those around you feel better about themselves. In a world where everyone seems to be stuck on the same things, how do you continue to stand in your own lane with a confidence that doesn’t skip a beat and not conform?
I’ve never wanted to be anyone else other than my God-given name. I try not to think about why I’m the way I am when it comes to being an individual, because it’s something that should always be organic. The moment you start to assess yourself in comparison to others is when you begin to lose the authenticity that set you apart in the first place. I’ve always been a leader, so it’s not in me to worry about what the next person is doing because what I have going on is dope as well.
Do you think the “American Dream” has changed?
Hell yes! And quite frankly, the “American Dream” should have changed. Not everyone runs their household the same or strives for the exact things as their peers in order to feel complete. In that sense, it makes me happy to see that people aren’t afraid to make what could be considered an unpopular decision a way of life for them. Not everyone wants two children, a husband, dog, and house on the hill. There may be that woman out there that wants the condo in Manhattan, a banging career, with a live-in boyfriend, and doesn’t plan on having children. However, she feels as if her life is complete. The beauty of America is supposed to be the land of the free, so everyone should have the option to live life in a way that allows them to go home at night feeling peaceful, and comfortable with those choices.
What is something you wish you could change about the younger generation?
My only wish for the younger generation is that they would stop looking for the fast way to do everything. You have to hone in on your skills, perfect a craft, research, learn from those before you, fail at it a couple times, get back up, and then be a beast. I had to learn that failing at something doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. And the road less traveled is sometimes the absolutely most perfect ride you can take…