You could easily say that this has been the year of the Creative, curators especially. While we often have to fight for control over how and why our stories are told, there are a few #blkcreatives who’ve decided to stop asking for permission and create that access for themselves. The result? Three incredible stock-photo platforms that keep our visions right where they belong. Here are lessons these powerful image curators have learned since creating their respective movements this year:
Neosha Gardner, Founder of CreateHER Stock
“I’ve learned quite a bit. Mostly regarding myself and how committed to growth and serving others that I truly am. It’s my passion, my purpose to serve.
Since the launch of CreateHER Stock I’ve experienced many days of anxiety about whether what I’m doing and giving back is really what is necessary. I quickly stopped that thinking and continued to realize that although seeing others sing praises of what’s being built within CHS, I have no greater joy than being able to welcome all the wonderful things heading my way with humbleness and authentic love and appreciation.
Allowing myself to pour creative energy and passion into this service without any restraints keeps my purpose thriving. I’ve also learned that with any business, the not so great days are actually some of the greatest days I can have. They allow for that extra “something” to be cultivated without so much thought, ya know? I’m very happy with the direction that CreateHER Stock is going in. VERY excited about the growth and the role we’re playing in curating images all people of color can love.”
Jenifer Daniels, Founder of ColorStock
“I would say one of the main things I’ve learned since starting BlackStock is patience. Nothing happens overnight, but I guess it just boils down to my own personal excitement and the vision I have for it. To help keep me focused, I’ve learned to take baby steps and accept that things don’t have to be 100% complete or perfect. It’s a matter of process and iteration because there will always be room for improvement and growth.”
We all have the power within us to create platforms, own our perspectives, and respect and support each other’s missions while doing so. Instead of focusing on what’s missing (whether externally or internally), choose to use your energy for the greater good.