Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Harris.
Kayla, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a creative family. My dad was a DJ and now a graphic designer, my mom a hairstylist, and my brother a musician but I never really considered myself creative. My brother and I would have fake concerts in our rooms but I was always really good at school and loved to write so for a while I thought I would become a teacher. When I was in about middle school, I started getting into video. I fell in love with it actually and was consumed with bringing all the ideas that were in my head to life. That lead to photography after I took one class in high school and eventually graphic design after discovering my passion for it in college. All those things make up such a large part of what I do now. Currently, I work on staff at a church as a graphic designer and enjoy doing a multitude of freelance projects.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road but I hardly consider life to be a smooth road. It’s full of twists and turns. There may be bumps along the way but that’s what makes life, life. I think my biggest battle creatively has been finding my voice and understanding what I carry. Not everyone is made to do things the exact same way but sometimes, it takes some self-discovery to figure that out. I’ve had to learn to use my voice across multiple mediums and harness my skills.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I’m a creative artist. The main mediums I create through are photo, video, and design. I’m currently on staff at a church as a graphic designer. I am inspired by the simple moments in life. I am passionate about all things creativity and bridging the gap between faith and art. I like to make the ordinary look extraordinary. I believe in doing everything in excellence. For freelance work, I like to do a lot of artist designs such as album covers, tour photography, Merch, and photoshoots.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Jacksonville because it’s a really large city geographically but it still has such a hometown feel. There is such a community and an eclectic group of people from all walks of life. It has so much potential. I like the least that it seems to always be under construction but no improvements. I just think there is so much that can be done but I do think it can be a thriving city.
- Website: kaylavharris.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/kaylavharris
- Facebook: facebook.com/kaylavharris
- Twitter: twitter.com/kaylavharris
Photos of me- Smiling looking at the camera- Arika Stovall
Photo of me- looking down at camera- Christian Spivey
Headshot- Sean Burns