Q: What is some of the best advice you have ever received?
A: Early on in life, I was told that in order to understand and feel true joy you must first feel sorrow. I used to be the type of person that would allow the not-so-great moments to consume me. With time, I really started to understand why those low moments are so important. I've come to appreciate the wonderful moments so much more, and since I know they're just around the corner, I try not to focus too much on the horrible ones. They're just temporary.
Q: What does living a conscious conscious life mean to you?
A: Living a conscious life to me is truly knowing yourself. Knowing your strengths, your weakness, knowing what inspires you and what can hurt you. Once you get to a point where you start to really understand who you are, you're able to make better decisions for your life, but most importantly you're a better person to others. When you really know what makes you who you are, the good and bad it's a heck of a lot easier to understand someone else's struggle.
Q: What is something that you wish you would've known when you were 20?
A: I wish I knew that it was OK to be different, that in the long run being myself would help me manifest my dreams. I focused so much on what everyone thought my life should be like that I wasted many years in situations that weren't really for me. But once I decided it was time to take my aspirations to the next level, and ignored the fact that everyone thought I was aiming way too high, everything in life fell into place better than I could have imagined.
Q: What is essential to nurturing your creativity?
A: What tends to drive me is color. I think it's the Caribbean blood that runs through my veins, and also the fact that New York City, where I grew up, tends to lack bright, colorful things. Every time I travel to a colorful place, it brings out the child in me. And all I want to do is take it in, and shoot as many different scenes and angles as possible.
Q: Any tips for traveling?
A: I advise travelers to be more open-minded. I think sometimes we get so focused on the destination we miss out on experiencing the culture we're surrounded by. So try learning a few words of the language, interact with locals and vendors, try all the food, and just find a nice spot to experience sunset or sunrise.