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Rising Stars: Meet Boutzie R of South Baltimore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Boutzie R.

Hi Boutzie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My art story, as cliche as it sounds, started when I was younger. I was drawn to reading and writing. Reading and writing are still big components within my art practice today. I literally enjoy reading because it allows me to learn new insights and see the world from different perspectives. Writing was and still is my first art form, my first love. I had access to a library card and would go there to write and read, getting lost in the art sections, checking out books that gave me that constant creative nourishment. Reading and writing is how I am able to process my art practice and everything that I do. Establishing that when I was younger has helped me in so many ways, even now, in my adult years. Having that constant positive routine keeps my intellect strong and my spirit full. Starting with that when I was younger was vital. As you grow in your art practice, your business dealings, or whatever, you have to be nourishing. Nourishing your mind, soul, body, and spirit, is how you stay above. If you don’t tend to those then you will not be able to stand upright. And that is the reason why I am where I am today. I tended to those aspects of myself and I don’t make apologies for it. Never.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Lol. If things were smooth, I would not be here talking about it, now would I? My road has never been smooth, but I do not feel anyways about my struggles. They have made me who I am today. They have helped me appreciate every opportunity, every blessing, every beautiful moment. I have chosen to see that point of view instead of making my struggles part of my identity. My struggles were lessons that I needed to learn and grow from. The seeds that helped bring the fruit to life. And when it was time to graduate, I did from them. You have a choice to stay bound to your struggles or you have a choice to use them to your advantage. I overcame my struggles, implemented them into my art practice, and manifested so much for myself. I became more stronger, more wiser, and more in tune with myself, my God, and my art practice. Sometimes in life there will be struggles, but you have a choice, you either learn and graduate, or you repeat. My struggles were my blessings in hindsight, and where I am at today was all part of the process.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Everything I say and do is exhibited within my artwork. I am very intentional about my work and what I put out. Everything that I create has a story and purpose behind it. And what I do is provide insight and wisdom; sharing pieces of me, and my story, for others to learn something from. For the most part many know me by my photography and nothing else. I like it that way to be honest because it leaves room for me to surprise people with my capabilities. I do not believe in always sharing my credentials but sharing my expertise, and even in that I am very intentional. I specialize in visual and design communication and visual design, that is my background. Outside of that, I am a visual and multimedia artist. I just don’t do one thing because being able to explore is fundamental to my practice. And that alone allows me to stay focused on what I bring to the table and what I do. And that is what sets me apart from people. It’s what keeps me focused on me, my business, and my art practice.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I personally do not like the whole networking thing. Simply because I am exclusive and I am able to decipher quickly in settings if we are going to click or not. So for me, if I want to connect with you, I will just reach out to you. Give a proposal and let things naturally/organically come together. The whole process of networking has become gimmicky to me, and people sometimes move with different motives and intentions. I feel as though as if you should get to know someone on a personal level before making a connect with them. You need to see who they are in every facet of life. Because who someone is in their personal life will translates into who they are everywhere else. All connections are not good connections. All networks are not good networks.

I never had a mentor or anyone to teach me, but I have always taken the meat and spitted out the bones. I am by nature inquisitive, so I am going to always fact-check and research everything. Always going to educated myself and pour into me consistently. But I know for some that isn’t always possible and obtainable. Some people need mentors and guiders, and some just don’t. So if you need someone to guide you and lead you, and mentor you, then please make sure they are good ground. You have to be mindful of who and what you let pour into you. You are a vessel and therefore, you must always be vigilant about your nourishment. So, always do your research on people, always get insight about them, and make sure that they are who they say they are.

And these two things have worked well for me. You have to know who you are and how you work. Always keeping yourself in tune with yourself. Understanding your settings and what practices you already have that work well for you.

Pricing:

  • Creative Consulting 1 to 1 $60 per hour
  • Visual Branding Consulting $60 per hour
  • Commission Art Pieces 9×12 $150

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Image Credits
Boutzie Presents: Jaded: A Love Story Through Mediums (Photography by Madilow)

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