Today we’d like to introduce you to Domenica Comai.
Domenica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Hi, I am Domenica Amfoma Comai, today known by the name “Q”.
My story begins on August 21st, 1993 in Ghana, Africa. My mother is a beautiful African Queen born and raised in Ghana herself. My father is from Italian & German descent. Together we spent the first five years of my life in the motherland. To be frank, those years had a tremendous impact on the essence of who I am today. Even today, my mom tells stories about how active and independent I was as a child. Worried at times she would look for me all over the house, only to find out that somehow her baby managed to climb over the big wall and walk into the neighbor’s house. There, I then would be found happily munching on something delicious.
I remember the day so vividly when my mom came up to me to tell me that we are going to move to Switzerland. Being five years old, I didn’t understand what she meant. It felt like I fell asleep next to palm trees with a plate of Fufu in my hand and the next moment, I woke up surrounded by beautiful but freezing snow snacking on the world’s best chocolate. A weather condition, that up until that point, I have never experienced in my life.
Besides the usual difficulties of change, growing up in Switzerland was tough at first due to the language barrier. Once I overcame that obstacle, I slowly started experimenting and partake in activities that gave me joy. I took dance classes, played soccer for five years, was singing in a band and by the time I turned 13, I got signed to my first modeling agency. Experiencing the beauty of creating pure art in many different ways shaped me into the versatile person I am known for today. I knew from that point on that I wanted to have an impact on this world by doing something creative. My mom being a seamstress, I decided to take my first educational steps on the same path.
At the age of 19, I finished my academic journey and got my official degree as a seamstress. In 2015 my Best Friend PAX and I decided to get an Art space together in Zurich, Switzerland. As we shared a long, beautiful journey together we did not only continuously learn new skills with each other but also taught each other the skills we individually had.
It was only a matter of time until our individual universes merged to become one. Pushing each other daily beyond our limits while adding new skill sets became a habit on the path to mastery. So you have probably guessed it, it didn’t take long until my Best Friend & Soulmate became my Life Partner.
“With the goal to give people the path of Love & Togetherness to follow while changing the game of Fashion and Art the brand PAX&Q literally stands for Peace & Royalty. Which is what everyone deserves in our eyes.”
In 2017, while revisiting and living in Ghana we pursued the Art of filming and editing video. With our unique touches, the first product of the brand PAX&Q was born. A beautiful touching documentary about kids skateboarding in the jungle of Ghana. After a few months of producing weekly content, we started collaborating with people all around the world including Los Angeles. My dream of creating art in the U.S. became OUR dream and in March 2019, we decided to take a leap of faith and move to the City of Angels.
What stood out immediately was how creative and open-minded everyone was. We instantly fell in love and knew that this was the right decision.
A decision that leads us to D.R.U.G.S (Doing Real Underground Sh*t) – Spaced Out. A super creative collective and music label we are happy to call family. On top of that, we both got signed to modeling & acting agencies, walked our first fashion show together and worked with different brands while creating Music Videos.
This journey so far has taught us so much about ourselves and gave us a deeper understanding of each other and the people around us. A few months passed and as the planting roots comes to an end, I feel at home and am excited to sprout, grow and blossom.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My journey, in general, has presented obstacles no matter where I’ve been. But that is to be expected when pursuing a path period. Every student, teacher, doctor, engineer, lawyer, etc. run into bumps on the road that they chose. At the end of the day, when you do what you love, don’t let obstacles stop you from setting yourself up in an environment for you to thrive.
Please tell us about PAX&Q – what should we know?
Creating brand PAX&Q was not necessarily a conscious decision. At 19, we were just some friends creating art together but over the years, we grew a lot and we grew together. Besides the literal definition of Peace&Royalty, the brand PAX&Q stands for LOVE. So prior to moving to LA we consciously decided to focus on our skills in Fashion, Modeling & Video Art. Combining the three, we believe allows us to express ourselves in the most authentic way while having the biggest possible positive impact on the world.
Setting aside the genuine passion to carve a unique lane for the meaning of Love & Togetherness. Overall, what sets us apart is our openness to collaboration with artists & brands from all walks of life as well as the versatility to pull it off by creating something timelessly dope!
Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Audible, YouTube, Women of Impact, Impact Theory, Wim Hof Breathing, One Strange Rock (Netflix Docu Seriens).
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