Today we’d like to introduce you to D’Nayzja Ariel.
D’Nayzja, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My creative journey started when I was in my first musical in 5th grade. After remembering all my lines, lyrics and choreography I realized I could do anything. I started writing when I was ten. I wanted to be a rapper but my mom was not having it, so I started calling it poetry. Essentially, that’s what rap is so I was okay with the slight change. I started taking it seriously my last year of high school. I would write about how I hated the system while sitting in detentions given to me for having thoughts and opinions. After I was freed from high school, I started modeling because the mother agency I was with insisted I do so. After my first few photoshoots, I actually started to like it and that’s when I began sharing my work on Instagram. I think people’s reactions to me and my art is what pushed me to keep going and took away this fear I had of being myself.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am my art, honestly. From my poetry all the way to my hair and makeup. It’s all a reflection of who I am. I draw inspiration from my personal experiences and intense emotions. I’m currently working on music that will give whoever listens to a little more insight on who I am and why. I’m taking my time with it though, it’s more of a release for me than anything else. I find comfort in sharing my words and hearing how other people have experienced and felt similar things. I create for them and for me. I just hope I inspire people to be themselves unapologetically and to FEEL because it is OKAY!
How can artists connect with other artists?
Meeting other artists isn’t super hard in my opinion because it’s so many of us. You can just follow other artists on social media and build relationships. I met all my artist friends through the internet or at art shows/events.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
All my work is on my Instagram. You can support me by coming to shows that I’m in, sharing my work or just giving me feedback. All are equally appreciated.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dnayzja/
- Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/dnayzja
- Other: https://soundcloud.com/dnayzja-ariel