Essence Sullins- owner of Infinite Visions Ent., an arts and entertainment company based in Cleveland, Ohio- is a mother, designer, stylist, writer, photographer, fashion show producer and playwright. She will also add boutique owner to her repertoire after the September 7th launch of 'Suite 55 Boutique' her online shop selling clothing, shoes, and accessories. Somehow Essence found the time to answer The HOF Fashion&Style Blog Q&A via email:
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ALL... THIS LOL? I've been doing everything for at least five years. I began writing when in high school, many moons ago LOL
WHEN DID YOU GET YOUR “BIG BREAK”? I still haven't got the "big break" that I'm expecting
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT SO FAR? Getting my poetry book published and successfully putting together my first fashion show!
WHO, IF ANYBODY, HAS REALLY HELPED YOU ALONG THE WAY? My mother and brother have been so crucial and critical in what I've been able to accomplish so far
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? (NAMES OF MUSIC,BOOKS, BLOGS WEBSITES, ETC) Successful entrepreneurs, in general, inspire me. Pharrell, Tyler Perry and Oprah are big inspirations, in addition to Lebron James, Steve Jobs and Beyoncé. I look up to individuals who have been successful by going against the grain and then ensuring that their money is making them more money lol
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH? I would like to dress/style Kyrie Irving or Pharrell. I would like to shoot Pharrell, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Justin Beiber. I would love to write a script with Tyler Perry.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? Writing and Photography. I also like to watch movies and listen to music. Magazines and books also hold my interest.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OFF IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Learn your craft and never stop learning, be consistent, and never get up.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Unique and generally ahead of Cleveland's fashion sense lol
WHAT ARE YOUR GO TO PIECES? Accessories and Footwear
WHERE DO YOU SHOP? A little bit of everywhere... Thrift stores or consignment shops.... Malls.... Gabe's.... Wherever there is a deal or wherever I can find clothes to "alter" to my personal liking
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU REFUSE TO WEAR? HEELS lol... But other than that, I'm usually pretty open with what I'll try to see if it works for me.
WHO ARE YOUR TOP 5 STYLE ICONS? Pharrell, Michelle Obama, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and Wale.
FAVE DESIGNER OR FASHION HOUSE? Me lol
IS THERE A MOVIE OR VIDEO THAT YOU REALLY LOVE THE FASHION? Not a movie but Empire always does it for me... and Keri Washington in Scandal.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVE OUTFIT GROWING UP? Basketball shorts and Jordan's.
WHOSE CLOSET WOULD YOU LIKE TO RAID (GOOD OR BAD) AND WHY? The wardrobe closet on set for Empire. There is such a variety of styles and statement pieces, I would be in heaven.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVE SONG TO GET READY WITH? Dreams and Nightmares Intro by Meek Mill
WHAT DOES “FLY” MEAN TO YOU? Being yourself and turning heads in the process.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU? Hopefully completing a full-length film, written and directed by me. More short-term: the opening of my boutique, Suite 55 Boutique.
I KNOW IT'S HARD LOL, BUT KEEP UP WITH ESSENCE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: IV - Infinite Visions (business), IG: suite55boutique (boutique) and photographyinfinitevisions (photography) ... Personal IG: ayeitsessence, Twitter: ayeitsessence, Facebook: Essence Sullins
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