Today we’d like to introduce you to Vicki Street.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My mother once told me that I don’t always have to act like I have something to prove.
So, the story of my entire existence starts with defying the cliche and sometimes negative stereotypes associated with the entity and brand that has become Vicki Street.
I grew up a preacher’s kid in a family comprised of four other siblings (including two half brothers and one-half sister.) My choice to include the word “half” represents the incompleteness and competitiveness that comes with blended family dynamics. With that being said, I’ve spent the greater part of my life trying to “be seen” for my intersectionality yet creative individuality. I can be a preacher’s kid who listens to hip hop, hosts some of the most bangin’ parties, and still get into heaven. I can throw a football AND throw still down in the kitchen. But most importantly, I can still influence, command and hold the attention of audiences in a world where the male voice has been the dominant constant.
Please tell us about your art.
I have an intangible art… (that puts tangible coins in my pocket, hehe).
Ultimately, COMMUNICATION is my art. I make people FEEL. And I create EXPERIENCES.
For the longest time, I took my talents for granted. Why should someone pay me to host an event? Shouldn’t everyone have a bubbly disposition and relatable characteristics? How hard could remembering the next artist’s name in front of hundreds of people be?
Well, it is…
I MC and host events because it feels natural for me to connect with others. The transference of energy through good-natured fun is invigorating. I choose to insert splashes of comedy because laughter is one of the most cost-effective forms of therapy and relief. Now more than ever, people are opening up about mental illness and sometimes all they need is to BE SEEN and HEARD. And when I’m on the stage or in a DJ booth, that’s my time to regurgitate, reflect and acknowledge everyone who pressed their way out that night. No matter whatever that individual is going through, you’re alone. Basically, I want anyone under the sound of my voice to always feel like they just got a great big hug from Aunt Myrtle with the big bosom.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Being lazy is one thing a talented artist should NEVER do. How many times have you looked up and wondered how someone who slaved over the same homework as you, has the same job you’ve wanted all of your life? How many times have you wanted to take tips from your own mentees because their life is (seemingly) panning out better than yours at the moment? During my times of post-grad depression, I’ve been guilty of all of this. I’ve learned that success is not based on what others are doing. We should rejoice in our small victories, reset, then continue to elevate. I define success as making my own rules, creating a new standard, switching it up often, great at what I do, and not being afraid to fail. The brand I built for myself in college was great for the time being and was definitely a launchpad into the entertainment scene. But you can’t be stagnant then be surprised when opportunities, money, and folks attention span starts to ebb.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I regularly update my Instagram (_vickistreet) and website (vickistreet.com) with past, present and future things I’m working on.
Many people don’t know this but I also curate music playlists and create print and video content. I have a knack for capturing experiences whether it be travel, food, or music related then putting together a dope recap from it.
Folks can always support an artists work by sharing and booking me for their next event to host or recap it.
- Website: vickistreet.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_vickistreet/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/voiceofstreets
Earl Eaton (Ryder_visuals, @kamthe_creator, @iamkrazee, Evan Brown (@actuallyondirt)