INSPIRATION FOR THE MIND, HEART, AND SOUL

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+ Stefan

The in his skin, project now presents an exchange of words with Stefan:

001: What is your name and where do you currently reside ?

S - My name is Stefan and I’m living in Nashville, Tennessee.

 002: Who influences your life the most ? 

S - I can’t say that I have any influences in my life outside of my mother, she’s more so a source of inspiration more than anything else.

003:  What is your purpose in life?

S - My purpose in life is to help people, in any way I can. Whether it be doing a photo shoot for someone who’s lacking in self confidence and looking for a boost, or staying up til' 4 on the phone with a friend who needs to vent their deepest frustrations for a while and find some peace within themselves. I am always willing to give. If I have $5, I’ll find a way to give you $6 if you need it. People are often afraid to ask for help due to fear of rejection, I seek to change that instance by instance as best as I can.      

004:  What are your thoughts on the place that black men hold in society?      

S - The black man is the defect to standard on which media and various facets of entertainment are founded. Replicated and mimicked to the best of people’s ability but never identically. All the while being under appreciated outside of pleasing the masses. I've found my own space of solitude with this though, I use every news report to aid in my desire to make something of myself and my time.                       

005:  What do you hope for people to gather from your work?        

S - It is that someone doesn't need to be absolutely naked and doing some ridiculous pose to be worthy of my time. People are often quick to appreciate the more relate able nature of my work, the fact that I don’t find the need to work with people with only large followings but that everyone has a shot at working with me. This is an extension of myself, I don’t have any criteria for working with me except you bring your artistic energy and help me make the best our of time and effort.      

006: How has love helped you become a stronger man? 

S - Love has broken me, completely, time and time again, and it is the sole reason as to why I have grown to be as resilient as I am. I've learned the hard way, more than once. It has reinforced my core values.

007: When did you realize that you were comfortable in your own skin? 

S - This is an ongoing journey of mine, I’m not where I want to be but I’m getting there. Constantly reminding myself that my worth is locked within my mind and not in the shape of my body or color of my skin has been the driving force behind my increasing contentment with myself. 

008:  What do you love most about being a man of color ?  

 S - Knowing that I’m either respected or feared by whomever I interest with. It may sound weird to some but that very fear speaks volumes about what the person knows I’m capable of and already possess. They know that I’m formidable and not to be toyed with. 

009: Name some lessons that a woman has taught you. . . 

S - My mother has instilled most of my wisdom. The most prominent of which is to accept things as they happen, learn from them, and use them to avoid similar mishaps in the future.