We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Tevyaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I would have to thank my mother for this path. I was one of the shyest kids you could ever meet so she put me in pageants to get me out of my shell. Second pageant in, I won the whole thing and got signed to a modeling/acting agency. I then went on to modeling/acting in many publications,commericals and movies. From that point I decided to work behind the camera and get a different aspect to the whole creative process. Instantly became infatuated with photography/videography.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art is one of the most important things in my life. If im not creating at least something once a day, im not fully happy. My style of art is heavily influenced by nostagalia. I grew up with beautiful parents that shared their love of music,cinema and arts with me daily. Especially in the oldies realm. We would just stand around the kitchen dancing/singing on the top of our lungs to Cher,BeeGees just to name a few favorites for us. The connection to that kind of love that I experienced growing up is what I try to perceive with my art daily. If I get at least one person who is inspired from my work that is enough for me. There will be people out there that do not understand the kind of art one makes. But just keep creating is the biggest thing that Ive learned along the way. There will be days,minutes or weeks where you want to give up but you cant. Literally keep going !!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well first I would take them to do the typical Portland things,Voodoo Donuts,Powells Bookstore,Sizzle Pie,etc they recommend online. But hands down give them the bar tour. SE Portland has some of the raddest bars ive been too and theres always some kind of photobooth. Im a sucka for a place with one. Such as Dig a Pony, its very dark,moody and has a cool vibe. On top of that, one of my favorite things to do is every Friday at the Crystal Ballroom. Its 90’s night,everyone dresses up in 90’s fashion and music videos play around the club. Every single person in the place feels free and alive. Goofy 90s dancing and all
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my best friend/one of my business partner, Kyra Giddens. @IAMKYRAJANIECE She hired me to photograph her for a photoshoot many years ago,then we instantly became drawn to each other. From there I now shoot and produce content for her clothing line @KJANE_KOUTURE . To be around someone just as driven,passionate as myself in a business self inspires me everyday. I believe everyone should have someone like that in their life
Other: Tik Tok: @therealsummerrobertss