We had the good fortune of connecting with Anania Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anania, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose a career in creativity because I have always been intrigued by art and the thought process that was put behind it. I had always heard about the starving artist narrative when it came to painting and music, and how artists are always perceived as not being financially stable. However, I personally never heard about other forms of art and the artist behind their work like architecture or interior designers. I originally chose a career in fashion design because I loved it. I loved the way a designer could sell a dream to their audience through not only their clothing, but everything else around it as well, from the model, hair, accessories and ultimately the story that was being told. Choosing my career path allowed me to be apart of that world and expressing my own art my way.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a fashion designer and I focus on streetwear for men and women. I am mainly proud of the new things that I discover about myself when designing as well as my ability to find new inspirations and to keep creating. I am most excited about what’s to come, every chapter throughout this process has been better than the last and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Im at this point today because I took a chance. I definitely had people telling me to choose a different path, something more structured with more money and I decided to do what I wanted in the end. I don’t think anyone’s journey to follow their dreams is easy, but for me specifically I trust myself enough to know that everything’s going to work out in the end. Along the way I learned that I have to absolutely love everything I put out because there will always be people who aren’t fans of my work and I also have to accept that. Ultimately, I want the world to know that I’m coming and you may not know me at this very moment but you will very soon.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I think that the most interesting places that would be on my itinerary would be iFly in Frisco, Museum of Illusions Dallas, Sweet Tooth Hotel, Texas Tulips and The Spa at the Joule. Food Places would be La La Land Kinda Cafe, XOXO Dining Room, Serious Pizza, Milk and Cream, Cauldron Ice Cream, True Kitchen+Kocktails and Nick and Sam’s.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout my peers during my time at the University of North Texas in the fashion design program. I had made so many memories and with an incredibly talented group of individuals that taught me a lot about myself and pushed me creatively to be a better designer. I learned that no matter how good you are, there is always room to be better. I learned that it’s ok to make mistakes and not to take myself so seriously. Lastly, I learned how to be an individual among other great designers because even if we all have the same fabrics, everyone’s final garment won’t be the same or similar to yours.

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