NAME: Maya-Camille Broussard | HOME GROWN: Hyde Park. Chicago, IL. | DAY JOB: Creative Director, Art Consultant/Curator, Professor and Designer of interiors, products, and accessories. | DREAM JOB: I currently have my dream job/s. Now I have dream projects and dream clients that I'm currently working to attain!
DESIGNER: MIU MIU, Tibi, Alexander Wang, Joe's Jeans | CITY: Grasse, Barcelona, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans | CANDY: Junior Mints, Butterfinger, Sanders milk chocolate covered caramels. | AGE: The age I am now – never mind what that actual number is. | SOUND: The clock chimes at noon on the campus of Howard University. | POEM: Invictus by William Ernest Henley, Still I Rise by Maya Angelou | SCENT: Lavender, Sweet Orange Patchouli | APP: Google Maps, Duolingo, ASL Dictionary
Q & A.
01. WHO WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF YOUR LIFE?
FEATURE FILM, STRAIGHT TO DVD, OR LIFETIME MOVIE?
Sophie Okonedo would portray me in a feature film. I wouldn't mind if the film were silent.
02. WHAT ARTISTS OR SONGS WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE FILM'S SOUNDTRACK?
Aloe Blacc, Liz Wright, Daley, Nas, Eric Roberson, Collette B., Alice Smith, Outkast, Tribe Called Quest (if they could get it together), Lucy Pearl (in my wildest, I-know-it-ain't-happening-but-a-girl-can-wish dreams), and Mary J. Blige (correction: 1990s-Mary-J.-Blige).
03. WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU DIDN'T TAKE?
"You should be a journalism major."
05. ARE YOU THE WOMAN YOUR TEN YEAR OLD SELF WANTED TO BE?
Not at all. At ten years of age, all I cared about was turning eleven. However, if I did imagine myself as a certain type of women at that age, then I am certain that I am not her at this moment.
06. WHAT IS YOUR ALTER EGO'S NAME? DESCRIBE HER IN ONE WORD.
Just one alter ego? Ha!
07. FOOD, WATER, AND _____? WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE?
A spear for protection.
08. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE NO REGRETS OR NO FEARS?
I'd rather have no regrets. Fear is good for you. It keeps you alive.
09. WHAT'S YOUR DEFINITION OF DIME?
A DIME is someone who simply identifies her desires and waits as it appears – not because she's a magician (she very well could be), but because she has the ability to pinpoint what she wants to do and simply does it. A DIME is able to distinguish her goals and follow through with such force and tenacity that it is seemingly done with ease. There is no roadblock, cul-de-sac, mishap, "near miss", deformity, disability, or person that holds a DIME back. The creative prowess, intellectual capacity, and defying spirit of a DIME makes her aspirational. Moreover, a DIME seeks to not only rise, but to bring others up with her.
10. WHAT WORDS DO YOU LIVE BY?
My grandmother often said that you need to make sure you take care of two things: your feet and your teeth. I'd like to think that the deeper meaning is to be aware of where you are going (where your feet take you) and be conscious of what you speak (what passes through your teeth).
Photography provided courtesy of Maya-Camille Broussard.