Black Women + Creativity Interview #13 with Monica Terry

The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on:

  • Inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity
  • Showcasing Black women who are defining creativity in their unique way

Monica Terry is a self taught Houston Lifestyle photographer and the founder of Lavi & Co. Photography. She was inspired to begin her photography journey by her now 3 year old son. She fully enjoys capturing life as it happens, unscripted, candid, natural, life.  Monica is also getting ready to graduate with her degree in Retailing and Consumer Science from the University of Houston. When she is not taking pictures or up late studying, she is enjoying her time with her son, family and friends.

What does it mean to be creative? 

Monica: Being creative means to be fearless and not succumb to the limitations that society has put on you.  It means to let go of your ego to make room in your mind and heart to allow yourself to be totally free with whatever comes naturally to you. 

What advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you have to Black women about navigating their own creative process?

Monica: I would tell my fellow black women to be unapologetically confident in every part of their creative process.  Don’t question your ideas just because someone else does. Don’t let money be the only motivation. Most importantly whatever you do, whatever you create do it with all of your heart and let it reflect your true self.  To me there is nothing more confident than that!

Thank you for sharing with us Monica!

Want to tap more into your creativity? Join us on August 20 at 7:30pm for the “Space to Create” Virtual Meetup . We will be focusing on exploring ways to cultivate your creativity and have more fun in your life! Space is limited, so sign up here!

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