Ankofa Billips is a girl you want to know, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and is getting her undergraduate degree in the not so sunny, but just as cool, Poughkeepsie, NY. She is an aspiring DJ/Art Curator/Painter/Model and also the Executive Vice President of Marist College. She works hard, while always supporting the people around her and does it in style. Here is a brief introduction of…
What is your name?
Where are you from?
Los Angeles, CA
What’s the weather like where you are right now?
It very gloomy in the Hudson Valley this weekend.
Where can we find you on social media?
Apple Music: @sugarsw33t
How would you define yourself as a creative?
I think what makes me a creative is the fact that I think there is nothing I can’t do. It forces me to do things with an energy or in a way that others do not.
What is the coolest thing you can say in another language?
“In bocca al lupo”
Good luck in Italian
How have your experiences traveling the world influenced your art?
My travels have taught me that making an understatement is often the largest statement. I think here, in America, we live our lives shaped by gluttony, but in other places you are able to appreciate the essence of ‘less is more’.
Is there a current project you’re working on that you’re excited about?
I actually decided to become a DJ this summer. In an effort to encourage myself to stay engaged with this goal, my friend, Cassandra has offered her new studio space in Albany to host a live event, so I’m really excited for that. I recently got back painting after a lot of reflection, so I’m working on glass, telling stories of body relations.
What is One piece of advice you wish you had gotten as a young artist?
I know practice is annoying, and the process is long, but that’s where you get it and things begin to make sense
What’s one secret talent you have?
I can play the first six stanzas of Clair de Lune on the violin
You hold a powerful position on your school’s campus, Executive Vice President at Marist College. How has your time serving has this position influenced your leadership style and the manner in which you approach new situations?
As Executive Vice President, my primary role is the Chief of Staff. I’ve always known people had different needs, but I had no idea how specialized each person and situation is. This has taught me two things, do everything with honest intentions, even if everything goes south, it is not with anger or harm. Also, the importance of ‘yes and’ rather than ‘yes but’. Essentially figuring out how to meet people where they are without sacrificing your needs.