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EP 10: Davita Galloway on Why Art is Her Life Jacket

by | Sep 25, 2019 | Episodes

Davita Galloway is an artist, a public speaker, influencer, and a doer of all things dope. She is the co-owner of Dupp and Swat, a creative boutique and event space in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from UNC-Charlotte and was a student at Parsons School of Design in New York. Over the last few years,

she’s started a number of initiatives related to entrepreneurship & social equity, including TeamBlkGrlFly — a platform created to celebrate, highlight and uplift Black women, encouraging them to show up as their genuine selves in every area, all the time.

Her failure quote: “If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying hard enough…Failure to me is another opportunity to succeed. It’s another chance. It’s a teacher, an educator.”

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why she needed permission to go to fashion school but gave herself permission to drop out
  • What it means to her to be an “influencer”
  • Why she created BlackGirlFly
  • Why black women sometimes feel extreme pressure not to fail when they’re given opportunities and work twice as hard to prove themselves.
  • Why getting arrested in New York is one of her favorite failures
  • Why we wound up singing an excerpt from a Sesame Street song together
  • How to do “the work” to live your life authentically
  • What specific questions you have to ask yourself to trust be successful in life (Hint: “What do you want? How are you going to get there? What are you willing to sacrifice?”)

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Davita Galloway, Instagram: @theDavitaGalloway

Davita’s website: https://www.thedavitagalloway.com

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Dupp and Swatt on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DuppAndSwat/