Today we’d like to introduce you to Miah Giavonni.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Miah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up on the east side of Atlanta, Georgia and I’m an artist by no surprise. I come from generations of storytellers and have always been extremely fascinated with black art (visual, theater, film/TV, music, dance, etc.) no matter the design. Bridging the gap and continuing my elder’s legacy is kind of my thing, but all in all, a true honor.
As I continue to grow (because I believe I am just beginning the real process), I’m finding that my passion lies in telling uplifting stories. I want to produce more true and positive images of my people through the craft of poetic freedom. Within this discovery, I birthed Give Me A Minute, a community-based platform designed for black artists to come together, express and unfold our truths as one. Initially, this was strictly a practice space for me to create dope content with other dope individuals, but as it blossoms, I have a feeling that it is about to become something bigger than me and anything I’ve ever imagined sharing with others. My goal is to generate more safe spaces for us because there will never be enough. I have SO much work to do, but as I dive deeper, I’m falling more and more in love with my process and my tribe on the journey. I pray that I can be a light to someone else who has a dream to begin. We are our ancestor’s wildest dreams and our time to shine is now. More than ever.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Let’s just say the road has been as smooth as your one auntie or grandma’s driveway in the country. It’s uncomfortable and a little shaky at first, but you know something good is waiting for you inside. Like collards, yams or mac and cheese.
My move to LA almost two years ago was a huge leap. It pushed me out of my normal routine and was beyond anything familiar, but I was as ready as I could be and would never turn back.
I’ve learned to appreciate my up-bringing (shout out to my mom and grandma for sending me away to summer camps hours from home and placing me in the artiest of settings because they knew its what tickled my fancy). I’ve grown and have met new parts of me. Some good and others I’m diligently working through. I’ve gained a lifelong support system of mentors who feel like aunties/uncles and colleagues/friends who feel like cousins. Gratefully, I can say I have “home away from home.” I’m learning to trust God (more), myself and the process; even when I have no idea what I’m doing. Although I’m technically in this city of dreams by myself, I know for sure I’m not alone. I go through tough spots just like any other human being or creative, but I’ve vowed to keep showing up. I stumble, crack and am still catching my balance, but life’s bruises only make me stronger. At least that’s what I’ve heard so I figure I’m doing some kind of alright.
Please tell us about Give Me A Minute.
I am a creative producer. I work in television production by day to build and gain awareness, serve others and pay bills/eat, but I wouldn’t say I’m tied to one specific creative avenue. And I don’t truly believe I’ve been called to settle on one particular thing.
As I journey and put pieces together, so far I can tell you this: if storytelling, art and food is involved, nine times out of ten, I’m there. I believe I’m most known for connecting others to produce something magical and reminding others to smile more. These traits alone have placed me in rooms and on paths with some extremely dope individuals who I consider my tribe. These beautiful souls have inspired me to plant a platform I’d consider to be my growing “baby.”
Give Me A Minute is a community-based and creative platform designed in 2019 to bring black artists together, express/unfold our truths and do so freely and safely. Our goal is to generate more genuine and authentic dialogue about supporting one another artistically and on a day to day basis. It is our belief that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just and healthy society. I hope this light is channeled through everything we produce.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Support and knowledge are huge for me. Aside from a genuine desire to tell meaningful stories, the people I’ve encountered on the journey thus far have made my level of success precisely what it is. My family is extremely supportive of anything I put my mind to. I thank my village as often as I can for exposing me to culture, morals and values I will cherish forever. My mentors are challenging me to put in the time consistently, understand I must be a student before I attempt to teach anyone about anything and remember to breathe while enjoying the ride.
My friends are teaching me that beauty comes in unique forms and that love always wins. They’re also teaching me to stay open so I can see and be seen and that doing life together doesn’t always mean living in the same city or talking everyday. Lastly, people have taught me that everyone is crazy, but what you decide to be most crazy about will feed you and your legacy. The many lessons I’m learning in life contribute to how I move on a day to day basis. One of the beautiful things about this is that I’m just stepping out of the blocks.
- Website: www.miahgiavonni.com
- Instagram: @giveme.aminute
- Other: Personal IG: miahgiavonni
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