Today we’d like to introduce you to Keisha Mitchell.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Keisha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and I was a journalist solely from the time I was 11-24. I wrote for the Indianapolis Star formally as both reporter and Editor via their youth bureau Ypress between 11-18. At 15, I became the youngest staff writer for a syndicated publication called “AMPS” Magazine. I also won a couple of other literary and writing awards throughout my youth. I moved to Atlanta as a freshman of Clark Atlanta University in 2007, in the 2nd semester of my first year, I decided to create my first publication The Text, in 2014, that morphed into “The Editor which is a periodical published through my publishing company UpWord Ink Publishing Co. In 2016, I launched SAPIO, which is an erotic art publication and literary journal focused on the dynamics of sexuality and intellect within Black and Brown bodies throughout the African Diaspora. As with all of my publications, I was inspired mostly by content that I wanted to read, but couldn’t find, so I feel compelled to create in those spaces where I don’t see myself.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has not been smooth but I can only define it as “Divine.” I have encountered a lot of financial struggles; Publishing, in particular, is primarily a white male space and my publications have the added distinction of being printed in a digital world, so the blessing of having to consistently meet the challenges of producing and printing a product that can compete on a professional level as an independent/small business owner is daunting but exciting because of the opportunities and experience it affords me. As a woman, and a young woman (I began publishing at 24, I’m 30 now) people often have a type of inherent disbelief in your seriousness or capacity to execute. My advice to young women pursuing entrepreneurship or a career, in general, is to really stay committed to knowing who they are and what they’re motivated by. It’s really important to be able to periodically reflect on your influences and your intentions throughout your journey to make sure you’re aligned with your truth, and to prevent burnout or disappointment from lack of clarity around your expectations and outcomes.
We’d love to hear more about SAPIO Magazine.
In short, I’m a Journalist and a Publisher. I own UpWord Ink Publishing Company where we offer services running the gamut from consultation to liter agency and marketing for Authors and their projects. I’m most known for SAPIO Magazine (a print publication and lifestyle brand) of which I’m the owner and Editor-In-Chief. What sets us apart as a brand is an environment we create. We are curating and cultivating new conversations and awareness around sex and sexuality, culture, and consciousness within the Black communities, the world over. It’s important for us to reclaim and redirect our narratives in every space, and as we grow, sexuality becomes such a fundamental aspect of how we identify with ourselves and the world around us. I’m proud to be amongst so many dope Black and Brown creatives in Atlanta (especially) doing their part to help paint a bigger picture of who and what we are as a people.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Well honestly, I would say while seeking counsel and guidance is necessary, Mentorship in the creative space in Atlanta can be a little tricky, only because “success” has no real defined parameter or metric. So, for me, that goes back to checking your intentions and expectations; What are you looking for a mentor to offer or show you? Do your research into who people are beyond their accolades, because it’s more valuable to learn how to make better choices in business and in life, and you’d want to have a mentor who can help you win with the best practices in every area.
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