Today’s Fxshnjunke Spotlight features visual artist and college student Amber Rayne from PG County ,MD . Amber is your favorite “do it all ” girl who can do everything from modeling , design , photography, creative direct and so much more . In this interview we talk what inspires her vision , her goals and more !
Dasia: Tell me something about yourself ?
Amber: I think I’m a vampire because no one believes how old I am so I think I just stopped aging lol outside of that, I’m a visual artist in love with fashion, design, color, and anything that feeds my soul.
Dasia: What keeps you motivated everyday ?
Amber: The desire to be my own boss and living a fulfilling life that makes me happy is really what motivates me.
Dasia: You have so many talents which includes modeling, photography, graphic designing etc, which one do you love doing the most ?
Amber: Its really between modeling and photography. Those are the two things that really helped me start being creative again after years of suppressing it because of stress. I never thought of pursuing anything art-related or visually expressive as a career when I was young so both of those helped remove the block.
Dasia: What do you like most of being an visual artist ?
Amber: I can express myself in any way that I feel. Whether it be the way I dress, style my hair, painting, drawing, or just CREATING period and having people respond to it.
Dasia: How did you get into modeling ? How long have you been doing it ?
Amber: I got into modeling because my best friend Leah encouraged me to. She set up my first photo shoot and from there more people asked me to shoot and I end up landing paid shoots freelancing so I just kept doing it. I’ve been modeling for about 5 years and it was something that really helped boost my self-esteem because I used to have really low self-esteem and a pretty negative self-image.
Dasia: So you attend Bowie State as a Advertising/Marketing/ Graphic Design major, what is your dream job that you want to pursue after graduating college ?
Amber: My dream job would be to be a creative director. I love putting together and planning projects down to every detail. That’s my favorite role when I’m shooting for a project.
( above: some of Amber’s photography work)
Dasia: You are also a lover of photography, what kind of camera do you use ? What are some beginner cameras for anyone who wants to start their photography journey?
Amber: I shoot with a Nikon D7100 and this the third camera I’ve owned. I recommend the Nikon D3100 or D5100 if you have a little money to spend and you’re just starting.
Dasia: How would you describe your style? I love how your outfits are unique and vintage.
Amber: I have a very eclectic style. I can’t really describe it. I really just dress how I feel but I do love vintage and thrifting. I will literally shop anywhere.
Dasia: What is your current favorite trends for the winter ?
Amber: Neutrals! I’ve been on a very monochromatic binge with lots of nude and olive.
Dasia: You attended the recent Afropunk festival,and it looked so much fun and I’ve loved how different everyone dressed. I’ve never been before ! For those who dont know what Afropunk is, how would you describe it and how was your experience?
Amber: My experience was amazing. That was my second time going and it’s sooo much fun! I love watching people and just looking at everyone’s clothes. Its the perfect place to get eccentric and make costumes with your outfit. The musical performances are always awesome but its really the people that make Afropunk. The energy there is crazy and its a great place to network and connect with people.
Dasia: What do you think is the significance of collaborating with people from your city ? Who are some people you have collab with in the DMV area ?
Amber: I think it is SO important to collaborate with people from your area. We have so much talent here and I think people are finally starting to realize there’s so much power in coming together rather than competing. I can’t even name all the people I’ve worked with over the years because I’ve worked with so many people!
Dasia: Loved your choker line you recently were selling in your online store , what are some new things your customers can expect ?
Amber: Well, I’m currently working on revamping my website and relaunching. The store will have a new look, there will be new chokers for purchase and possibly other accessories as well! I’m really excited!
Dasia: How did you hear or notice Fxshnjunke ? What are your thoughts about it ?
Amber: I found Fxshnjunke on Instagram and have been following for a while now! I really love how it highlights so many different styles from so many different people. It’s really inspiring too see people support each other through fashion.
Dasia: What are some of your goals for 2017 ?
Amber: My goals for 2017 are to finish my degree this year, travel to LA, NY, Atlanta and as many other places I can travel to, to work and make connections. I currently work for myself so I just want to continue to expand my brand and business.
Dasia: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years ?
Amber: I see myself constantly traveling for business to other states and internationally to shoot, create art, and being HAPPY AF. lol
Make sure to follow Amber @theamberrayne to see the latest of her work !
Written by @dasiatheceo