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

Hi Shadress Denise, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. When I was younger, my mother owned her own business, so I saw very early how cool it was to own your own business. I’ve always been a rebel and a free spirit too. I like coming and going as I see fit. I move according to vibes and follow wherever my creativity takes me that day. Once I discovered those traits about myself, I knew working for someone for the rest of my life was not ideal for me.

I also don’t necessarily like a lot of structure which is weird considering I have OCD. But I am a free thinker. Having someone dictate to me what to do and when to do it didn’t excite me. Therefore, in high school, I decided the entrepreneurial route was my goal. What field I was going to go in was up in the air, but I knew whatever direction the wind blew me in, I would be working for myself.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a mixture of writing and design. When I write, I see my words and the scenes I am writing in color. And when I am designing something, I tell a story through the design. I figure that’s what sets me apart from everyone else. Everything I do, whether words or art, they coincide with one another. What I am most proud of is my growth in both areas. Since I began writing and graphic design, I can see the evolution of my creativity on both fronts. Growing in my fields of choice is what makes me proud and keeps me excited about what to do next.

I would say my journey to where I am hasn’t been extremely easy, but it hasn’t been superbly hard either. If anything, the obstacles I have faced have helped shape my patience and have taught me timing. I’m such a right now kind of person, that when something doesn’t happen immediately, I get annoyed. My journey to being a full-time entrepreneur has taught me that everything happens in the time it’s supposed to happen, and if it hasn’t happened yet, things are still aligning for it.

If I have to pick anything for people to know about me, it would be that I love what I do, and that love and passion for my writing and design is displayed in my art and my books.

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?
Honestly, I’m still very new to the city. I moved to Houston in September 2020, in the middle of the pandemic. With that, I am gradually branching out and learning about the city, so I don’t have favorite spots just yet. However, being that I am not a homebody, my itinerary would more than likely include restaurants known only to Houston, a few bars to grab some great drinks, live music, and some cultural and art activities.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To be honest, it’s hard for me to single out one particular person. I have been blessed to have met so many people along my journey, whether family or friends, who have contributed to me evolving into the person I am. However, if I had to hoist one person up; it would be my mother. She’s always rooting for me in some capacity. Giving me tough love when I need it, regardless of if I want it or not. My mother saw my talent for writing long before I acknowledge it. She’s always been my biggest cheerleader.

Website: shadressdenise.com

Instagram: shadressdenise

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/shadress-burks

Twitter: iShadressDenise

Facebook: facebook.com/authorshadressdenise

Image Credits
All artwork done by ColorMeBlu Designs (colormebludesigns.com)

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