We had the good fortune of connecting with Denique Nashay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denique, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
Quitting my job and becoming a full-time freelancer was definitely the most difficult decision. I had been thinking about it heavily and just couldn’t get myself to do it. It sounds cliche but it was really like should I chase my dreams and bet on myself or stay because the pay is really good? I was scared of it not turning out well, mostly scared of failing, so that was keeping me where I was. But after sometime, my want to bet on myself and actually love what I do started to weigh heavier than the fear of failing. I started to realize I was counting myself out before even trying. I remember asking my grandpa if he thought it was a good idea. I vividly remember “It’s always good when you follow your dreams”. I quit that year and started my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
My brand is called SightofShe. It’s my brand showcasing my vision through my eyes, whether that be through design, photography, videos, etc. Just an extension of me and my art. My journey started in college. I was a marketing major but I wasn’t feeling it at that time and wanted something more hands on with the creative process. I liked drawing throughout high school but never took it serious and I always had a camera. I had a few mini recorders too. I just liked messing around with visuals and I was always buying those image editing apps. But even then, I didn’t really know that this was called something. I knew photography of course, but I didn’t know “graphic design” was a thing. My school offered some classes that tied into design that I took for electives as a test to see if I really liked it, and I did. I like how much possibility I have with making my ideas come to life. I make my own art, as well as collaborate with other businesses/artists around me. I don’t have any boundaries right now, the sky is the limit.
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.
I haven’t really been out due to the pandemic but my favorite area in the city has to be downtown right now. They’ve been building a lot lately and the atmosphere is changing, I love it. We’d definitely have to walk Scissortail park., The Collective, Torchy’s and Kitchen 324 are some of my favorite eats spots. A lot of my friends have hangouts and events like pop up shops and music events here in the city for nightlife, we’d definitely have to catch one of those.
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 cousin, Tierra Matthews, definitely. She’s an actress and singer. We both seem to be the first in our family pursuing creative/artistic careers. We’ve helped each other out and stuck through each others ideas. From letting me use her as a model to us going over her scripts whenever she needs it, we’ve been there for each other.