Today we’d like to introduce you to STL YAYA.
Hi STL YAYA, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I was a regular kid just like everyone else, at a young age, my mother noticed how smart I was, or how tech savvy I could be. I started making and recording music around 12 years old, after realizing school was the focus I stopped for 10 years. Now I am back to doing that same thing giving my heart to ears through music, that’s my language. As I got older it went from smarts to talent. I attended the best high school testing-wise, and sport was a breeze. The plan was to go to the WNBA but life had other plans….. So I started cooking, I had maybe 5 manager positions in the food industry, and I was finally getting my name out about how nice in the kitchen I was, word of mouth goes a long way so I began serving meals out of my own home on off days, etc, to keep the income and clientele coming.
I’ve catered for the local millionaires that aren’t really known to the public. I enjoy the networking and different conversations that cooking has introduced me to. I used that income to fund a clothing line that I still have to this day called “SMACKED” clothing. The clothing line and the manager positions kept me afloat, and I was able to start funding the music career that I’m currently perusing now. If I had to wrap it all in a tight knot, I’d say I taught myself the background and details of every skill and gift I have.
Coming through the backend, learning and retaining first, instead of the normal route of just diving right in hoping to land on my feet. I take pride in everything I do because of the learning process, the patience, and the genuine drive I put into my work, I feel like my work is like no other.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing in life is smooth, you always have your trial and tribulations, I remember at one time I was actually homeless, sleeping on the couches of family and friends but, I am not that same person today. Sometimes money becomes an issue but then I give myself the talk ” you can sit in it and stay in the same spot, or you can do something about it” or simply life, you lose loved ones, I’ve lost several friends over the years due to senseless crimes, and family members as well.
All of these things played a factor for me, but they built me into a strong person that can weather any storm. its taught acceptance, forgiveness, and dedication.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As an Artist… I set myself aside from others simply because of my ability to have enough patience to say well “I don’t know how to do this or how to go about something”, but I will do whatever I have to do to learn and teach myself in order to perfect the craft. whether it’s my music, or my catering and cooking…. patience has taught me so many things. Being humble enough to know I am able to lead and teach but I have so much to learn, and so many people that I can teach from music wise if I hear a beat, I can create an amazing hook or even a sample for a song in about 1min or less. I can find the sound somebody else is looking for, or I can create it. music is my outlet, it’s how I converse. I’m able to tell the world or my listeners exactly how I feel. and they can relate which makes it 10xs better.
Cooking is a passion, something that I love and would never stop trying to perfect and learn more from, the end result is to have my own restaurant in multiple locations.
My presentation on food is probably my most note-worthy statement… I’m known for making amazing dishes and presenting them in a way many cannot. My humbleness sets me aside and will always… knowing what it feels to have nothing, makes achieving your own dreams and goals so much more satisfying.
What does success mean to you?
Success is personal. It’s something that you set as a goal for yourself. In my opinion, you shouldn’t consider your own success based on someone else’s, meaning or definition. Success comes in many ways and forms depending on your own personal goals, dreams, and accomplishments.
Success for me is being genuinely happy while being able to live the way I see fit, whether it’s the freedom to travel, shop or invest at any time at any moment. Making an influence on one person is enough success for me… This interview would be a part of success.
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