Q- Where are you from and what’s your name and age?
A- My name is Kaira Hardy I’m 27 years old from Harlem, NYC
Q- When did you start working on your line?
A- I started painting in 2014 after experiencing an heartbreak. I grew so attached to my art that it was hard for me to sell. Not because I couldn’t but because of what I went through.
Q- Describe your art in three words?
A- Rebellious, Non-Scripted, Comical
Q- What or who INSPIRED you to start your business?
A- My life experiences inspired me to start my business. I was taught to get a full time job, benefits and such and never was told I can follow my dreams. Here I have this talent and I’m actually good with this. So why not break the barrier of my family and do something different not just for my family but where I come which is the projects. Kids need to know it doesn’t just stop there reach higher.
Q- Since starting your business have you had any setbacks?Name one.
A- Can I say Hell Yeah Lol, learning business itself is a setback. I have to spend a large amount of time learning the business myself while painting. Still learning different techniques with that. Having to reboot my mind from going to work and actually getting up saying well I’m here, and not knowing what to do First was challenging. It’s a lot of other setbacks I’ve dealt with. Family, money and just not believing in myself at times was a setback
Q- How did you overcome it?
A- Well I’m overcoming my setbacks now. I’m learning to be more disciplined with my time and be more focus on my art. My energy isn’t even the same like before. I don’t let things get me down because then I get drained. As an artist, we need clear minds to focus on our art. So I can’t give my energy to anything else but that.
Q- What sets you apart from competitors in the industry?
A- I’m a woman. There was a time that I deleted my pictures off Instagram. I received 2 messages from 2 males asking me for work and they called me bro. I laughed it off and said, sis. They seemed shocked by my response. So I asked this question to myself “Was is that whenever you don’t see an actual person doing the artwork people automatically think it’s a man doing it?” I then started to put my pictures back so they would know Women do dope shit too. I don’t take the easy way out and I work hard just like anyone else does. I don’t even like to tell people who my dad is because I want people to know I did this on my own without being in his shadow. It feels better when you work hard for your dream.
Q- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A- I see myself owning a Shop, where you’re able to get prints done for T-Shirts. Also getting into photography and a custom Gallery shop.
Q- What do you want people to know about your artwork/products?
A- I want people to know it’s okay to be who you are. It’s okay to be different from what society has told you to be. It’s okay to not do what everyone else is doing. Just be yourself and love yourself because of that.
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