Nailah Howze

Photographer, Director, & Founder

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"Representing for the Underrepresented"

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How did your creative journey begin?

I first discovered my creativity after watching a movie called CROOKLYN while on a family road trip .. it was my first time seeing a young girl who looked like me on film and had a very relatable story . After watching that movie it made me feel seen and wanted to capture POC in a way that everyone else could feel like they are experiencing it .

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What are you currently working on now?

Currently I am working on releasing my first drop of official Cloudnai Merch that releases July 1st ,I have also been learning how to produce from my mentor Nabeyin and I am extremely excited to take this on.

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What inspires you?

I am inspired by my people, my city, music, studio sessions, festivals, my surroundings in general, everywhere I go I am looking at us and how we interact, how we laugh, how we dress, our lingo...everything is unique! I am hype to just be in spaces that feel free and accepting with no underlying ill intentions etc.

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Describe the perfect day at work?

The perfect day at work would be just creating with my friends at spots that are comfortable and familiar. Thats when everyone feels safe and its a unique vibe that is displayed and I always capture random moments best when I am not thinking too hard, no deadlines. All just for fun and for me.

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What's the most fulfilling thing about being a creative?

The most fulfilling thing about being a creative is the opportunities being ENDLESS. Everyday I wake up and its something new to experience and look forward to. Also being in a position to create with people I love everyday...your work environment is the most important thing in my opinion and I get to choose that!

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As a creative, what is the hardest thing you've had to deal with?

The hardest thing I continue to deal with is balance.  I have so many ideas and sometimes I give other things more attention than others. Also learning not to take things personal, everyone won't like anything sometimes it's not you or them...y'all just have different visions.

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What's the best piece of advice you can give?

The best piece of advice I can give is to not worry about how everyone else is receiving your work, but to focus on things that feel good to YOU. Always remember that your TRIBE of people will find YOU eventually!

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Where do you want to be in 5 years?

I am not good with answering timeline questions, I just know I started shooting 5 years ago and if I can do this in 5 years I can only imagine what another 5 can do. However I do know that I would love to put out a film and the soundtrack include music that I produced.

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What is your ART✰BISH moment

My proudest moment so far has been getting out the military and making a career doing what I love and being able to give other women opportunities and the shine that they deserve.

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NAILAH HOWZE

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