We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria and Aaliyah Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria and Aaliyah, what are you inspired by?
Victoria: I am inspired by the success of several other Photographers who I have had the opportunity to follow for the past several years. It has been the driving force for me to keep going with my own work. Aaliyah: I am inspired by other Native American (indigenous) comedians.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Victoria: I have loved taking photos since I was 9 years old. It started with a small point and shoot camera and I now shoot with a Nikon camera. I enjoy shooting portraits, events, Native American powwows and Street/Urban. You can see my work in Native Hoop Magazine and several other publications. I have also participated in 2 photo exhibits in the past year. One was in San Antonio and the other in the Houston area. I’m proud of my hard work and determination. A lot of hard work, self marketing, late nights and shedding a lot of tears got me to where I am today. It wasn’t easy but it has all been worth it. Prayers helped me overcome a lot of challenges. One lesson I learned along the way was to not compare yourself to others. I want the world to know that I’m just a humble human being trying to do what she loves. Aaliyah: I have been into comedy since 2017. I enjoy making people laugh. I started uploading my videos soon after to my YouTube Channel. I also have a page on Facebook. I am a member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and native people enjoy laughter and making others laugh. If you ever find yourself around native people, be prepared for a lot of joking and laughing. I am excited to post new videos and get new followers the next few months. It has been an easy process so far but I look forward to a few challenges in the future. One lesson I have learned is to just laugh and enjoy life. I want the world to know that I love chicken nuggets!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If we had a friend coming to visit the area, we would definitely take him/her to visit Graffiti Park in the downtown Houston area. There are some really awesome murals on display that are free to the public. We would drive around different parts of Houston to view other graffiti art as well. We would watch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park On a Tuesday night and eat the $1.00 dogs. We would visit Buffalo Bayou Park and the Downtown Aquarium also.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Victoria: I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband who has been telling me to keep going with my Photography since day one, my friend/fellow Photographer Debbie Mutschler of Faith Photography who helped me in my humble beginnings, James Morales (former President) and Joleen Brown (current President) of Native Hoop Magazine who gave me the opportunity to contribute and share my work in their magazine, family/friends/ clients who have supported me since day one, those who have published and exhibited my work and all of the endless number of incredible Photographers who I have met/followed online and been inspired by the past several years! Aaliyah: I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the comedy group 1491’s whose videos I watched for a good laugh even before I started comedy, Tito Ybarra of Tito Comedy, and Tonia Jo Hall.
Aaliyah’s Rolanda Comedy Photos were taken by Victoria Johnson/Skye Breese Photography.