- The Creator
THIS IS HER STORY.
Introducing, a woman with a mind of her own. a creator. a dream-chaser.
1. What compelled you to start TALIAHWH Magazine?
T - Firstly, I just wanted to thank you for including me in this campaign! I began working on the first issue of TALIAHWH Magazine in the midst of my first semester at Howard (November 2014). A few weeks prior, I had sent over my cover letter to Complex Media for an opening Staff Writer position. Keep in mind, at that time taliahwh.com was roughly four months old. Now that i think about it, I was completely ignorant to the fact that I didn’t have enough experience for the job. Nonetheless when I got the email that I wasn’t qualified for position, I thought to myself that I didn’t need anyone's approval for me to do whatever I want to do.. I can make my own magazine. After months of planning and interviewing, I finally debuted my first issue in March of 2015.
2. What do you want people to gather from your work?
T - As I work and progress from each issue, I’m still kind of figuring it all out. One thing’s for sure though, TALIAHWH Mag aims to bring light onto talented artists who have yet to reach their peak. Artists who are genuinely passionate about their work and are somehow contributing to the urban culture in a positive way. I also am taking bigger strides to be more vocal in my magazine (ironic). I want to include more articles on my thoughts, likes/dislikes, etc. After all, it is named after me.
3. Who inspires you to create ?
T - So many different things inspire me to create. Right now, it’s the fact that I’m so unhappy at my retail job. Being there everyday is a reminder that I have something to work towards. In a strange way, I inspire myself by being so conscious of all the great things I can do if I work for it.
4. When did you realize your calling in life? How did that moment make you feel?
T - When I dropped out of college is when I knew that this was serious. No joking, it was a Wednesday in March right before Spring Break and I hopped on that Megabus and never went back to a class. I felt relieved for one, because being in college for me was constant torture. I just knew that I didn’t belong. On the other hand, I was nervous because I had no real plans after that. To be honest, it was the roughest six months ever but completely necessary. I grew a lot as a young woman and learned so much about myself. Not that I have everything together now, but I can say that I’m in a great space at the moment.
5. Do you have any future plans in the works? If so, do you mind sharing a few with us. If not, that's okay too.
T - Of course I have future plans in the works, we all should. If I told you though, you wouldn’t be as excited once I officially announce them. So for now, just look out for Issue 03 this Spring. Thanks so much for chatting with me <3
MEET THE CREATOR
Taliah, is the CEO & Creative Director of TALIAHWH Magazine, which is a online & physical publication.Throughout her magazine & platform, she speaks on the artists of the world who are just as passionate and creative as she is. Artists, who are still on the rise. Artists who are working towards making a difference with their art — whatever form that may be. She is a woman who goes after her dreams whether it is by popular belief or not. Taliah, continues to strive towards success no matter how difficult the climb may be at that time.
Official Magazine Site: taliahwh.com