WRITTEN BY NICOLE BEST
Our parents spent so much time working to give us all the opportunity in the world, and even pursuing the creative field (which is so taboo in our communities), doing what we do gives us the chance to make our mark.
Meet Uprisers, Tiffanie Marie and Francis Kenneth. They are both fashion and lifestyle influencers in the digital media space, looking to move the needle and make positive, sustainable change in creative industries. See our quick interview with them to learn exactly how they broke away from cultural and societal standards and became #AmericanMade.
Ok, so what's your story?
Tiffanie: I'm originally from Southern California. The way I started with creating was dancing. As a kid, I stole one of my dad's film cameras and started playing around with that. Those two things became the most important parts of my creative existence. I've now spent the last four to five years being a semi-professional photographer and doing creative work.
Francis: I grew up in the South Bay. My creativity actually started with music, and I'm hoping to kind of end it with music as well. I started blogging about five years ago, and I kind of just ran with it. The key is to never really take it too seriously and to just roll with the punches.
And how does Uprising relate to you?
Francis: Being an Asian in the creative space is just like a no-no. I had three options - you're either a lawyer, a doctor or an engineer. But having the ability to pursue something outside of that has been amazing. Having the avenue to meet people that support what you do and to facilitate that community of creative people, is one of the best parts about Uprising.
What does the American Dream mean to you?
Tiffanie: Especially being in the Asian American community, and being first-generations, the American Dream is to be happy doing what you love. Our parents spent so much time working to give us all the opportunity in the world, and even pursuing the creative field (which is so taboo in our communities), doing what we do gives us the chance to make our mark.
FK is in the Shiro Oversized Dolman
Now for the fun stuff:
1. Finish this sentence: I cannot live without ___________.
2. Dream vacation?
Tiffanie: Anywhere as long as I don't have to think about work.
FK: World Tour