We had the good fortune of connecting with France C and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi France, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I want to be an example to my future kid(s) and my younger cousins/siblings, that you can be successful even if you’re not working a traditional “professional” job. I grew up not having support when it came to going after my artistic abilities. There was a point where I didn’t consider myself creative cause no one ever encouraged me to pursue that dream. When I was 10 years old, I discovered my passion for Photography and found Windows Movie Maker in my old Dell desktop. I learned how to put videos/photos and music together and found love in photography. I’ll never forget the feeling like I unlocked something when I learned these skills. It was the best feeling in the world! I’ve always been creative, but the fact that I didn’t have the reassurance that it would lead me to a successful future, it made me doubt myself for a long time. I’ve worked numerous jobs since I was 17 and I’ve also tried going to College trying different majors. In 2016, I started doing portrait photography. That’s when I made the decision that the only career I want to pursue is a career that makes me happy, which is Photography. I want to be an inspiration to the kids/people who has a creative passion, but doubts themselves because no one is motivating them to go for it. I want my creative career and success to be the reason that someone is chasing their creative dreams!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create an enjoyable and safe space for everyone to express their divine self. I’m usually a reserved person, but when I’m with people I’m about to create, I make sure that they feel like they can be themselves around me. I love making people laugh and feel confident!
The path that I am on has been an interesting journey. Just like the moon, I go through phases. There’s days where I feel like I’m doing amazing, but then there’ll be days where I feel like I ain’t sh*t. (if I can’t cuss my bad, just modify it for me please lol) I am definitely still learning as I go though. There’s a few things I’ve learned and I’d like to share them with y’all. 1.) It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Enjoy and show gratitude to the present moment, you will never get it back! You’ll get to the future when you do, and the past cannot be changed. 2.) Learning how to control my breathing and meditating every day. has helped me be more of a grounded person, which helps me perform better as a creative. 3.) When I make a mistake, I don’t dwell too much about it. I just find a different way to improve myself because putting myself down is blocking a learning opportunity for me to be better. 4.) Learning how to be more compassionate with myself and others has helped me be more understanding and patient. We are all going through something. Nothing is ever personal. 5.) It is necessary to build a balance in your life, but I’m a big advocate on always taking care of yourself FIRST. It’s not selfish putting your needs first and it’s not vain to love yourself.
What I want for the world to know is expect the unexpected from me. I’m always coming up with new ways to express myself in a creative way! Besides that, I don’t like saying too much. I enjoy letting my work and personality speak for itself. I do hope it makes you feel something. <3
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ahhh I love when I’m in Houston with my friends!
-Start the day with a morning run at Memorial Park
-Brunch at the Breakfast Klub
-Go to the Museum district and check out all the museums!
-Go shopping at Montrose and eat at the first restaurant spot we see after shopping (since there’s so many to choose from)
-Get take out from Frank’s Pizza and lay on the grass at Discovery Green Park.
-Stay at the Hilton Downtown Hotel
-Go to Houston Arboretum & Nature Center for some nature time!
-Eat at Louisiana Fried Chicken before going out
-Go to Cherry Bar Downtown
-Go to Midtown
The funny this is I’ve definitely done all of these with my friends, but my favorite thing to do is have a picnic and sunbathe at Discovery Green Park & Buffalo Bayou Park 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ooooh yes! Honestly, I give so much credit to the people in my circle. Every individual I consider as a friend have their own unique gifts that they are sharing in this world which inspires me to be a better creative artist. We are all a reflection of each other! The main person I’ll always be grateful for is my step-grandma, she’s not in the physical world anymore, but I feel her spirits with me all the time. We met for the first time when I was 9, she saw some photos I took, and she told me that I should be a Photographer. It might just be a small compliment back then, but it was embedded in my brain ever since. Main reason why I even got the idea of being a Photographer. Another shout out would be to God, my Ancestors, and Angels, they are the reason I’m guided and protected through out my journey. The last shout out would be for my Mama. Without her, I wouldn’t exist and I wouldn’t be the amazing independent woman I am now.