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Rising Stars: Meet Courtland Galore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtland Galore. 

Hi Courtland, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in a small town of Hammond, Louisiana, and since I was young, I liked storytelling. In 5th grade, I was nominated across the state for a writing contest. That was my very first time acknowledging that I am good at something that I actually like to do. Tell stories… I played sports but I wasn’t good honestly. 

The older I got, I started to gravitate toward art in more mediums such as fashion, film, photography, music so I try my hand in just about anything that I am a fan of. Expression is so important to me. In summer of 2020, I bought my first camera, and I’ve been taking photos ever since. 

Since then, I’ve figured out ways to combine my love for fashion with my photography by photographing campaigns and ads for different brands that I enjoy. I’ve done work for brands such as Coach, Levi’s, Wingstop, Brahmin, and many more. 

In two years, I’ve been blessed and fortunate enough to be featured in a few magazines for my art, one of the more noble features being Moevir Paris Fashion Magazine in 2021. 

I have a lot to be grateful for, and I’m excited about a lot. There are a lot of things I’m working on getting better at 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely not. In a total transparent moment, the hardest part of my journey is just being consistent. I was just having a conversation with my friends recently about recognizing my recent stagnancy. They think I’m hard on myself, but I don’t think I apply myself 100%. 

Well, I know I don’t. I haven’t. I guess my struggles would be me just being in my own way. Discipline, consistency, and all of that, the little things to help me get to the newer levels that I desire for myself 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I like to think of myself as a visual -director and storyteller. People best recognize me for my photography which makes sense. Thru photography, I exercise a lot of my ideas and concepts for fashion or evoking certain feelings. 

The things I am most proud of so far is growing in my craft with my friends. A lot of my friends are into art and creative stuff, so we spend a lot of time together sharpening each other. I value my time with them a lot because we don’t have much, but we have everything we need for now. Faith and each other… 

Honestly, it’s gonna sound boring to say, but if I’m being honest, I am still trying to figure out what sets me apart from others. That question is so layered- I mean I could answer that creatively or personally. I would rather other people say what sets me apart from other people. I just exist as myself and aim comfortable being Courtland so that within itself sets me apart. I am me, and nobody else could be that. 

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I’ve always been cool. Not in a bragging way, but I’ve always been moderately laid back and cool. I never had any issues with anyone and vice versa. I respect people, and people respect me. 

I grew up very insecure though. Regardless of what people thought about me or felt towards me, I didn’t really embrace me or have a positive self-esteem until about 11th grade. 

Growing up in early ages I was big into WWE and basketball. I started developing interests in style and fashion in like 6th grade when I started picking up magazines with interior design or just reading fashion spreads. 8th grade, I started really getting an appreciation for hip-hop culture, and I started doing my due diligence of listening to a lot of music before my time. Idk, a lot of those things are instrumental to my growth and who I am now 

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