We had the good fortune of connecting with Sheyli Divine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sheyli, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I am known to be spontaneous and like taking risks. It always starts with I want to do it but I am scared. In a way, my mind slowly starts visualizing what could happen if I just do it. I start wondering will it be good or bad either way life is short and what can be fixed will and what can’t well that’s part of life and I move on. I try not to pressure myself to do anything unless I genuinely want to. I stop and always ask myself before I do if this is something I genuinely want to do? and most of the time I say yes and do not regret it. I always think if I didn’t take this risk then I wouldn’t have been in this amazing opportunity. It has definitely open way more doors for me and I am always glad at the end I did it. My career has taken me to places I haven’t even had the chance to dream about. In life, it has put in amazing moments that I didn’t even think could be real for me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of my favorite sets I have done so far had to be the most recent one I did in Los Angeles. Along with being my favorite, it is also the one I am the proudest of. I never thought that I would be flying out to go do a shoot at such an amazing creative space called Vitawood. I am very proud of it because I planned it all and it fits my exact creative vision with the outfit and even down to the set. The only reason all that became possible was because I saw something I wanted which was to do a shoot at that place, started making plans to go there, and the person who owns it offered to be a photographer for it then it all became possible. Along my journey, it has shown me that investing time and money into my creativity only has made the project better and brought me more opportunities. Not only as a model worrying about how I am going to make this picture great with my poses I also have to be creative planning these shoots meaning buying stuff to build sets, have outfits, and etc. I want people to know that I work hard to see my creativity become real. It took me guts, patience, practice, and trusting the process.
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.
One of my favorite spots in the city to go eat, drink, and dance would be Vidorra it has good drinks and when you go upstairs it’s fun. I believe on Saturdays it turns into a club setting upstairs. Another place I like to go to just have fun and dance would be Salsera I am a full on Hispanic any place that has good Latin music I am there. I also love finding rooftop garages to look at the beautiful view downtown Dallas has to offer. I enjoy walking down bishop arts where they have stores, restaurants, bars, and cool art that you can take pictures with.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give my shoutout to my friends and family who supported me throughout this journey. They are the reason I aim to be bigger and do better. They have helped me with projects when I needed them and showed me unconditional support that only keeps me motivated. It really warms my heart that I am blessed enough to have such a great support system because they always see the bigger picture for me.
Photographers to credit @vitakari @huf.diamonds @strada.digital