Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheyenne Wyatt.
Hi Cheyenne, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m a Filipino-American individual. I grew up in a small province in the southern Philippines and graduated from high school there. I attended one semester of college at this IT college near home and realized that it probably wasn’t for me. I moved to the USA a little after I turned 18. I got really homesick, and I was facing cultural discrimination from the people I first lived with. Luckily, I had help from my filipino community when I needed them, and I had my boyfriend, whose family offered me to stay with them instead.
I got a little bored living in the countryside of missouri, so I & my boyfriend, and sometimes friends, go out and explore places for fun, and we would take photos here and there. I’ve been to a couple of photoshoots in my life- and it’s quite fun. I love looking at how photos end up turning out, especially with fine-art themed shoots.
I also like to travel out of state or internationally, and find cool photo ops, experience the culture, try good local food… its a lot of fun, and i get cute photos for instagram! The cost of living in the countryside of missouri is on the cheaper end, so it’s easier to afford a few trips a year.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It was definitely a bumpy, but eventful journey. I faced discrimination in both of the countries I’m supposed to call home, but because I grew up in two cultures, I’m socially aware- and its helped me connect with so many people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Another challenge for me was the culture shock I went through when I moved to the USA. It was difficult to relate to the american culture in my experience; Often times I didnt know how to respond to people when they tried to communicate with me, and vice versa. I noticed that our thought processes were extremely different, so I had to adjust and learn the “normal” way to participate in this society lol.
There were times were I cracked jokes to americans and there’s always this weird silence afterwards. I’ve learned the hard way that theres a huge difference between filipino and american humor. So yeah, crack *less* jokes when you’re in new countries, especially when you’re around the locals.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My followers like to watch my little vlogs, and they like my style. I’ve always loved dressing up. It was a way for me to express myself. Sometimes I take photoshoot gigs or even take self-portaits.
I’m dabbling more into fine art photography, because I find them so fun. It’s a lot of work, but the final product make it all worth it. The praise from your family and friends is an added bonus too.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My boyfriend, my family, my friends, classmates, schoolmates, my mom’s students. They’re all cheerleaders. Some of my followers have gifted me stuff to help me with my content too which has been really helpful and encouraging.