“I could never wear that.” A phrase I hear on a daily basis for the most part. Today isn’t as much about the clothes, as it is about my creativity, and where I learned what fueled it.
Growing up in the heart of Miami I was just your typical kid. I was either playing outside with friends, or playing video games (huge video game nerd btw). I was in Miami till I started high school, when my parents and I moved about 30 minutes north to Broward county. As I’m sure you can imagine, it was rough in the beginning, since I was somewhere new, and didn’t really know anyone. I was never the cool kid in school, I had a few friends, but nothing like the popular kids. Believe it or not, I was a lot smaller than I am today. If you take a peek at my license, you’ll find that it still says I’m 5 ‘ 10, which is clearly not the case anymore. Once I graduated, I did my fair share of waiting tables and bar tending, I then became a paramedic for a brief period -always in a uniform- so ZERO room for creativity there, soon after I moved to New York City.
Before living in NYC, I didn’t really have a great sense of style.
Jeans, a shirt, and some sneakers. Easy and comfortable, right? Wrong! If that’s what you want to wear than by all means, go ahead and do you, but it wasn’t enough for me. So I started upping the ante. I bought a suit, loved it, but after a month, I was bored again. I think that’s when everything kind of snapped for me. I didn’t want to be traditional. I didn’t want to wear what I was wearing. I wanted to wear something that no one else would think of. I needed to be different. So that’s what I did, and that’s what I held on to.
My creativity is simply fueled by the need to be unconventional. Not just with what I wear, but where I take my shots and how I take them. Yes, from time to time I get someone who doesn’t appreciate fashion like I do, and that’s okay, because I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing it because it makes me happy. This outfit today really defines my style. Eclectic. The more I mix it up, the more satisfied my hunger for creativity is.