We had the good fortune of connecting with Chanellé Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanellé, how do you think about risk?
Whether people realize it or not, each individual’s life is a risk. I am definitely a risk taker who rarely takes NO for an answer. If the front door of opportunity is blocked or closed, I will go through the side window. Taking the path of most resistance usually reaps the most rewards for me. Leaving the comforts of corporate America was a risk in itself. I became accustomed to a weekly paycheck with amazing benefits, but my creative soul was lost. Entrepreneurship is a risky, scary, uncertain, sacrificial, worthwhile, valuable, meaningful and beneficial to my soul lifestyle that I will never abandon.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My fine art focuses on music–particularly jazz. Being a native New Orleanian filled with singers, musicians, and artists in my family, art/creativity is an innate feature that I possess, I started taking captivating, still moments through photography at 4 years old. My father was the family photographer, and I followed in his footsteps. We had a camera with us all the time. Our photography brought joy to those photographed which, in turn, brought us the same joyous feelings. Although I entered corporate America as a financial analyst, I never abandoned my artistry in photography. My photography gradually introduced me into self taught graphic design. Photography and graphic design was initially a side hustle which, through perseverance and hard work, became my main gig. The road was tough and lonely at times, but it was well worth it. I learned to defeat obstacles despite the odds and to ALWAYS believe in myself. When I put my mind to it, magic happens!!! Some photographic/graphic opportunities I experience was once a dream that was manifested by the grace of God. CPC Visuals (formerly Creative Photography by Chanellé) is a small team of creative individuals who captures and creates exhilarating moments in time through photography, graphic design, and mixed media. We produce quality work–no matter how big or small–and exceed the expectations of its clientele.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My friend and I would visit numerous places that are culturally inspiring–from food to music. I would catch an amazing matinee performance at the Jubilee Theater in Fort Worth. Since we will be hungry after the performance, I would take her to The Daiquiri Shoppe/WHODAQ Daiquiris to get the best daiquiris, Cajun cuisine, and southern fellowship. My cultural sista and phenomenal choreographer Michelle Gibson will be performing in Downtown Dallas at a block party, Erykah Badu’s birthday bash, and at a renowned performance hall which we have to attend. Since we will still be in the mood for entertainment, we would put on our dancing shoes and go to the Bishop Arts District where the Unfaded Brass Band is playing.
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?
My deceased father Richard Harris was my #1 fan who gave me encouragement and motivation beyond measure. When I got laid off, he told me “Don’t worry about it. I’ve been laid off 30-40 times.” Then, he started laughing. After his laughter, he says, “Now, God has given you the chance to do what you really wanted to do.” Wow–he was right!!! His words changed my life forever. My beautiful mother Barbara Harris supports me in all of my creative endeavors. Her laid back demeanor and persona keeps me grounded all the time. She keeps me in check, and I am grateful for her. My mama is both my rock and my peace. My best friend Coralee Jenkins (owner of CC Healthcare Services) listens to all of my crazy ideas and inspires me to pursue them all. My friend and mentor Desean Cagnolatti (partner/owner of The Daiquiri Shoppe/WHODAQ Daiquiris) who gave me an opportunity to present my fine artwork and graphics in front of thousands. He teaches me to always find positivity in negative situations.
Tyson P. Photography (my self portrait)