bckgrnd. check: Introducing Kennedy Sullivan + The Undefined Artist

Updated: Dec 31, 2019

I am blessed to meet and be surrounded by such beautiful multi-faceted women. It is motivational to see young women becoming powerhouses to youth culture, setting trends, breaking the rules, and creating opportunities for others to grow.

I love to admire those who are a staple to the culture, but I have a more profound love for the creatives who allow things to flow and don't let anything define them. Since this type of artist tends to struggle with social differences, they move when necessary & bloom where they are accepted. This creative has the power to create her movement because of how much experience she's garnered through different fields of work. Kennedy Sullivan is a model, photographer, and digital editor who understands and wants to share her knowledge & growth with the world. Allow us to elevate her voice.

"Since 2016, I've been experimenting with different things that I find interesting," Kennedy begins, "but unlike many of my peers, nothing ever really stuck or became my brand. [I never had] anything I was just solely known for. I had a 'K' after my follower count and was considered somewhat well known in my area in 2014, but I just liked taking cool pictures and making funny videos and memes of myself. As time went by, almost everyone I knew from social media had already become known for their specific passions and made a decent name for themselves. I was everywhere."

Kennedy struggled with societal differences at a young age, one from being Islamic. She was also the "weird" kid who was pretty & humorous enough to hang with the "popular" kids. She went to Pine Ridge Elementary, Redan Middle & High, and then transferred to Grayson High School in Gwinnett at the closing of her 10th-grade year.

"I loved being on Tumblr. Ever since it came out, [I] loved the black underground scene with groups like Goth Money Records, Raider Klan, Kilo Kish, TDE, Rejjie Snow, Og Maco, Asap Ferg, and a lot of very old Willow Smith music. Then there were the people who made mixes on Soundcloud like Demiigawd, Bleachfumes, YvngPharrell, aka Louie Warhol$, KvshNxxse, and Johnny Cavier— also, Travis Scott and Chance the Rapper's first few projects on Spinrilla and Soundcloud."

Many people can have a face behind a brand name, but Kennedy is not defined. There is beauty in fluidity, but I understand how beneficial it can be to have a foundation. It's all about searching for what makes you happy and what allows you to flow. Sometimes, that can be everything.

"My love for all art fields has made me feel odd about myself. I was taught that you're supposed to find one thing that you love and pursued that with school and whatever extracurricular activities I had access to, but those teachings always conflicted with me because I'm passionate about so many different things. [I want] success in all my creative ventures. I want to be known for many different projects and events, but I guess I've got to start somewhere first."

Let's discuss fluidity a bit deeper. As you allow yourself to mingle within this industry, you will meet different people with different energies, personalities, and purposes. If you present yourself as you are, you will allow yourself to make valuable connections.

"My biggest inspirations are Renell Medrano, Tyler the Creator, Adult Swim cartoons, Noname, Viola Davis, Willow Smith, Rico Nasty, Dexter Navy, Rihanna, and Afro-Punk because of everything it stands for. All of those people have made me feel something with the work they've produced— every video, song, picture, show, and setlist. People specifically like Rihanna and Tyler because they started with one thing that worked for them and used [the] platforms they've created to branch off into other successful things."

When creating something new, Kennedy considers how it will represent her and how it will impact whoever is viewing her work. She asks herself questions like, "Is it appealing? Can it be remembered? Can I capitalize on it?" She gives herself and her brand an even exchange so that she can continue to provide for her supporters. In the end, everyone is satisfied.

People who allow an artist to have a strong support system help the artist grow & prosper. Kennedy shares that her mother and father have always supported her interests mentally and financially. Her immediate family, including her boyfriend, have shown the utmost support towards her dreams & desires.

"Dante has changed almost every aspect of my life positively." She begins. "He and I are two very distinct individuals, and I believe that's why we work so well together. He sees things differently from the majority of the world. He's diverse, especially in his music interests and creativity. I've learned so much from him in the two years we've been together."

Good energy allows you to flow & create with high intensity. The chemistry between you and your art should be a top priority.

"[The energy is] kinetic at all times. I'm always eager to see different ways that I can capture someone." Kennedy explains. "I always try to begin by asking them what kind of looks they're going for so that I can satisfy their needs before the shoot. As for creating things of my own, I get random surges of inspiration that fade by themselves. I have to take advantage of those moments because I get discouraged and unmotivated easily. I like to work when I'm in a good headspace so I can create the best product."

Kennedy lists Renell Medrano, Vlonery, Caleb Jermale. YounginWithACanon, BraylenDion, MaliPutYouOn, Exquisite Eye, GirlWithNikon, and Dumoarles as people she would love to work with in the future.

Kennedy Sullivan is a creative who wants to receive credit in all creative ventures. She enters new projects with an open heart & mind, allowing pure energy to flow through her, her family, and her work. She stands out from blending crowds. With the genuine love & support that she receives from loved ones accompanied by the quality work that she presents, she will shine her light.

Her advice to all of you is, "Only make sacrifices if you know you can work with what you've got. Confidence is key, but allow yourself to take as long as you need before you make that jump. Don't let others, especially on social media, make you feel like you have to work any faster than you already are. Build a team if you have to."

Kennedy is the founder of "For Life Digital," a virtual creative space showcasing her photography and art. Follow & show genuine support to her artistry!