We had the good fortune of connecting with Jyasi Galloway and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jyasi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe everything is a risk, I rarely ever like to use the term “sacrifice” simply because whatever you step out to take a chance on is an investment with hopes of supplementing your life & the people you choose to partake in that journey. Personally, my craft was literally all risk at the time I wasn’t in a situation where it seemed feasible to adopt the skill. I had no background in photography, It honestly never crossed my mind to take it as serious as I do now it was literally an impulsive decision that not only changed my life for the better but also helped me find direction towards my purpose. Shit is scary, but that’s the thrill because when it’s said & done you’ll appreciate it.

Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My art is very grunge-esque it’s like an old western film meets the 21st century, I’ve never really thought about what sets me apart from others & quite frankly I never really cared nor worried about it. I’d much rather collaborate with people I love seeing people in their processes & how they articulate art I love the exposure & vulnerability it’s something to appreciate. I’ve been doing this for about 3 years now (a year & a half, if we’re counting how consistent) honestly it wasn’t easy finding my style for a long time I tried imitating other artist & mimicking their styles & it just didn’t resonate. So I took a break & instead of mimicking, I studied & figured out how can I emulate & adapt to form my own way. It took time; however it eventually came to me & then I started keying in on that, no matter what it is you’re doing I learned it’s important to always make sure you’re putting you into your art … Keep it organic & true it’ll never fail.

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?
Aw man, I’m not really a socialite so that’d be a slight task. But if i could spitball anything possibly some of the local eateries, especially in the city there’re some places that I personally go to on my downtime maybe “Holman’s” for decent drink & food or if it’s a chill day slide up to “Day 6 Coffee Co.” * grab a mocha & kolache, those are 2 of my favorite places that i’ll vibe with & hopefully my friend can too.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Honestly, God first & foremost. Secondly, everyone that has ever given me an opportunity or just believed in me enough with anything even outside of my crafts play a pivotal role in my successes, Anytime I’m celebrated in any way I always make sure I let the people who I started with or met along the way know how grateful I am because without their kindness & authenticity none of this continues to grow. I also appreciate my big brothers they work so hard to achieve their positions in this montage of art watching them live their dreams & genuinely love their crafts, nothing is better than that. If one wins, then we all win.

Website: Behindtheavenue.com

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