Today we’d like to introduce you to Joycelynn Okezie.
Joycelynn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m 25 years old and from Atlanta, Georgia. I first came out to LA in August 2016 and felt at home. I came out here to work with a music engineer and the band named Olive White, which has been a great experience. Nonetheless, I’ve always been a creative from the heart. When I was younger, I drew a lot in elementary and middle school. When I got to high school that creative passion shifted into writing poetry and lyrics. When I attended undergrad at Valdosta State, I majored in Business Marketing and started my own label “CAQ Records” which stands for “Crown All Queens” I went on to record three mixtapes in college while also beginning my photography company during my senior year in 2015. I initially got my start shooting graduation photos and aspiring models on campus. Since then I’ve been able to work with the like of Trevor Jackson and his brother Ian Jackson, my work was published in Skin Deep Magazine, New York Fashion Week 2018, and reposted by Cardi B for Revolt Music Conference. As a music media creative, I love learning new things and engulfing myself in emerging pop culture. When people ask me whether I prefer music or photography, I say both. I grew up in the era of the super creative and multi-hyphenate, and I’m a firm believer of pursuing your heart’s desire while also not limiting yourself.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I would describe myself as a “moment capturer” as a musical artist myself; I love shooting at concerts and events. I create and capture long-lasting moments and memories. My art doesn’t stop at photography. I am also recording music under the moniker “JXXIII” (J23).
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My advice is to strive for the greatness of your dreams. Purpose is important. Find your purpose and live in that truth each day, nothing can stop you. Don’t let anyone put you down because of your size, height, skin color, or nationality. Just be great. There are so many paths to success. The lesson I learned is just being confident in my abilities and who I am as a person, that alone can take you many places.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My photography work is on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joycelynnokezie/
My videography work is on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/jcokezie
You can take a listen to my artistry “JXXIII” on my Spotify link:
I have so much work in the vault I have not released to the public but I plan on putting up that website portfolio soon.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/directorjoyce
- Twitter: twitter.com/crownallqueens