Leading Lily: Paris Williford
Before Paris Williford dived into my questions she told me, "fair warning..I'm not interesting." A lot of creatives don't own their own magic and that's exactly why I wanted you lilies to meet Paris. She's culture conscious, has a sharp eye for design and just like many budding creatives: sometimes. she has no idea what she's doing.
Paris is a Leading Lily because she's just like you and me: navigating, learning, understanding and navigating some more. I was super excited when she agreed to be a pose for the Fall/Winter lookbook. So let's get to it:
Name the last song you heard today?
"I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl" x Nina Simone
What are you passionate about, and how do you plan to make your passion profitable?
I’m still trying to nail down exactly what my passion is. I’m passionate about so many things. It’s difficult for me to frame them because I haven’t figured out how they connect yet. I do know that I really love great design, so I’m currently working through how to apply that to a great business model.
What is the most difficult barrier you've faced in trying to build a future out of your passion?
My most difficult barrier has been my own self-doubt. Oftentimes, I won’t even start on a project if I think the idea isn’t good enough. I’ve found myself waiting for the perfect set of events as opposed to carving out my own space and working from there. I’m challenging myself every day now to stop waiting and start working.
What are tactics that you use to overcome your own self-doubt?
I pretty much have to talk myself through things and write them out. Formulating a feasible plan is really helpful because I can set small goals for myself.
What is the most important lesson you've learned this year?
I’ve learned to consciously make decisions that are going to propel me forward, even when they are intimidating. I’m still learning to take risks.
What are you working on right now?
Artistically, I’m working on finding an aesthetic that accurately defines who I am – which is super difficult! I do this by collecting media that I love and attempting to pinpoint why it appeals to me. It’s unbelievably difficult to construct a tangible image of your own essence.