Kori Coleman.

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Edited by Bee Tomlinson

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is when you’ve come to realize what makes you happy. I think a lot of the times people wander through life looking for their passion. It’s reassuring and comforting when you know that you’ve already found what many spend their lives looking for. I’m happy knowing that I’ve found what I’m called to do.

What is your motto?
In life one who risks nothing gains nothing. I have this tattooed on my side and I swear by it.

What is your current state of mind?
I’m very content. I love my life and I know that everything else that has yet to come will fall into place at the right time.

How would you like to die?
I would like to die once I know I have fulfilled my purpose. I haven’t done even a fraction of that yet so I have quite a bit of time.

What is it that you love most about what you do?
I absolutely love that with an event, what you create becomes an iconic fixture within someone’s memory. People remember how an event makes them feel, they remember the smells of the room, they remember the food they taste, and they remember people they meet. When creating an event, you create the catalyst that allows all of these new memories to happen. I don’t think anything gets much cooler than that.

If you could have a conversation with anybody (alive or dead), who would it be?
This is such a tough one. If I had to pick one person alive it would be Solange. I love her artistic evolution and I’m curious to hear her thoughts on integrating art with her music. If I had to pick someone dead, it’s a toss up between Freddie Mercury and Prince. They are both musical geniuses and all I want to do is listen to anything they have to say. I would probably be way too starstruck to be able to contribute to the conversation.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a creative?
I think I always knew I wanted to be a creative. At an early age, I knew I didn’t want a normal job. I always picked the craziest careers whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I thought since I played the violin that I was a worthy replacement for Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls. I was wrong, but that mentality of just trying and doing random things guided a huge chunk of my life and helped me in finding my passion/career.

What motivates you?
My main motivator is when people tell me that what I am doing helps them or motivates them to do something more with their life. Whether I’m writing about an experience or creating one, I want to continue inspiring people to step outside of their comfort zone and explore the many luxuries of life. Life’s too short to do the same thing everyday.

What do you love about being a woman?
Honestly, being a woman is just super fun. We are incredibly versatile and can wear so many hats in life. For example, I like the versatility of looking like I’m a politician’s wife or on some days I want to look like a cast member from Love & Hip Hop. There is no one way to be a woman and I think that’s just dope in itself. Also, being a woman is kind of like being in a secret society. Specifically black women, but it’s like even if you meet a complete stranger it’s like you automatically click and you just made a new friend. Being a black woman is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

What is your experience of being a woman, while also being a creative?
My experience as being a woman creative has been incredibly positive. I’ve had no trouble finding so many like-minded creatives and for that I am incredibly grateful. Most of my friends I’ve met after college happen to be creatives so I would say finding these creatives opened a new chapter of friendships for me.

In life one who risks nothing gains nothing.