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Meet Rianna Devine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rianna Devine.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Pomona, CA. I went to college for a very short amount of time before discovering that it wasn’t for me. That was when I decided to get my cosmetology license and become an entrepreneur. Not too long after that, I experienced loss and trauma that sent me into a depression. In the midst of that, I discovered my passion for music.

To be honest, after my faith, music was the only thing that made me feel alive. I worked so many jobs just to maintain stability meanwhile doing hair and recording music in my spare time. I come from an old school mentality based family background which was more knowledgeable about the standard career path (i.e., doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc.) more so than being a successful creative. That was tough on me and often caused me to doubt the possibility of becoming a successful music artist. I was often the only one to support, understand and believe in my vision and the purpose for moving the way that I have always moved in a different direction than expected throughout life. Let’s just say that I am inspired and motivated by films like “pursuit of happiness”. At 27, I moved to La to pursue music without having a consistent place to stay. I found a job assisting a popular stylist, but in the meantime I was having to couch hop and sleep in my car until I found a place I could afford. I found a place and set up all my recording equipment. I was fired for a petty misunderstanding a week before moving in. I no longer worked for the stylist so I started working for myself again and recording at night.

By the end of the year, I was pregnant with my son. I put music on hold and did hair until I physically couldn’t stand for long periods of time. In a nutshell, I quickly adjusted to being a mother, partner and hairstylist. I was dealing with so much that I gave up on my dream and the whole reason I moved to La in the first place. My son has restored my hope and reminded me to never give up. I never want him to not pursue his dreams so I must show him how to do that by not giving up on my dream. This year, on my birthday (May 28th) I will be releasing my first album composed of unheard songs I almost left on my hard drive. I am so excited to finally share my journey and live out my dream. Of course, I never anticipated this pandemic happening but regardless, I worked really hard to be here. This is a tough time for everyone so I’m hoping to inspire and uplift every soul that listens to part of my story.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has nor been an easy road but nonetheless I am here. I am also very grateful for every part that has helped me to evolve into a better me.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a stylist (IG: @beautykilllainc) I specialize in confidence! I am skilled at styling hair and braiding but my mission is to never let a client leave the same way they came in. We are all human so hair is just a small way for me to interact with other people who are dealing with life just like me. A style is what they come for but they leave my chair with a feeling that money can’t buy.

As a music artist (IG: @devine.evolution). I write, rap and sing. I carry the same values as I do in my hair business. I want every supporter to feel and understand that no matter what they go through, they can persevere when they choose to vibrate higher.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I believe in putting the work in while having faith and being gentle with yourself in the process. It is beyond true that anything worth having isn’t easy and anything that is easy isn’t worth having. I have human moments about should’ves and could’ves but I know I haven’t done certain things yet because I didn’t put the time in. I do believe that what is for me will always be mine. What is mine will happen without resistance and no person or thing will be able to stop it.

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Image Credit:
Henry Jones (album cover), Abraham Bermudez ( photo with my brown overalls and gold boot), me on the other photos

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