Hi! I'm: Tamara Sky @Tamara_SkyI'm a: DJ/Producer/Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Photo Retoucher/Videographer/DirectorI'm a: PiscesI live in: Franklin VilliageMy fav spot in LA is: LIL DEATHA brand I'm really diggin right now is: UNIF, Reformation, NastyGal, EvilTwin, Deandri, LipServiceI think the babe with the best style is: BabyAlmondEyes
@wifislilangelSong I can't get out of my head today is: не знал by бичкрафт
What inspired her to start:
I didn’t really think about it... When I lived in Puerto Rico, I knew I wanted to get out of there and explore more of the world. One thing led to another. I moved to Miami then LA and I evolved into who I am today. The person I’ve become is not the same person I was when I lived in Puerto Rico. I moved when I was 19, I was very young and barely spoke English. I had to learn to live in a bigger city like Miami, since Puerto Rico is very small. I moved out of there by myself and had never been on my own before.
When I moved to Miami, I became friends with a lot of DJs and they inspired me to learn, not because I wanted to make money out of it or become a DJ, but because I like learning new things. I picked it up quickly and I kept doing at home just for fun. Suddenly, people who threw parties were asking me, “Do you wanna DJ here?” and I was like, “Sure!” It eventually became a job, then I started traveling a lot. I didn’t become a DJ on purpose, it just kind of happened. Back then, there was no Instagram, no Facebook, no Twitter. I guess it was more difficult to find [girl DJs] because the Internet wasn’t what it is today. There were no digital programs or computers to DJ. I learned on vinyl and stayed on it for the first 4-5 years I was DJing. Back then being a DJ was a little bit more exciting and something you can be proud of. Now, it’s seems like everyone can be a DJ since technology makes it easier.
Before that, when I was in Puerto Rico (I was 17), I started downloading a lot of software programs for my computer like Photoshop and Front Page. As soon as I would get home from high school I would just start playing with them... I would have the friends (in Puerto Rico) who were photographers, we would do photoshoots and they'd give me the pictures so I can learn Photoshop. I never stopped after that. I kept learning everyday, downloading the new updates, and from there I started becoming interested in illustration. I taught myself how to illustrate through Photoshop. I didn’t have a tablet so I was very slow. Then my boyfriend got me tablet for Christmas and I started making poster illustrations a day after. From there, I transitioned to Illustrator, which is what I use to do illustrations today.
I recently started becoming interested in video because of LIL DEATH. LIL DEATH has a very Internet-y brand identity, so we always try to find ways to promote the event that way. One of the ideas that I had when Instagram started doing videos, was creating video flyers, on top of the flyers we already have. My idea was to do Anime videos, because I watch lots of it! I learned how to create 15-second videos, then from there, I wanted to shoot videos myself… along the lines of lookbooks and editorials - fashion stuff. I’m always on Vimeo & Tumblr looking at things that inspire me. Vimeo accounts of fashion magazines post videos from their photoshoots, so I just thought, "I kinda know how to edit videos and I have ideas of scenes I want to shoot…" Then I started jumping into my friends photoshoots doing videos. Now I’m doing videos for different clothing brands and magazines. I’m still learning, but I try to do the best I can. As far as the things that I do, as long as it’s creative and inspiring - I just do it. And if I don’t know how to do it... I learn it like that *snaps.*
Her advice to you:
I can tell you examples of what not to do: Don’t rely on other people, don’t rely on your looks if you happen to be good-looking or pretty. Don’t think that just because you’re cute, you don’t have to work hard and can get whatever you want. Especially in the industry that I am in, the club industry, many girls are like that. I don’t see a lot of women who are doing their own thing, on their own terms. There’s a very small amount of girls who are really rad, do what they love and don’t rely on anybody else. Looks fade eventually. It’s a really cool combination when you’re not only cute but you do a lot of amazing/impressive things with your life.
I’ve noticed the majority of my fan base are girls, young girls, maybe it’s because I inspire them to not be ordinary, stand out from the rest and not be what everyone else thinks you should be… Be smart. Don’t just be a girly-girl, be a woman. As far as my DJing goes, after a while people stopped seeing me as "another girl," I blended in with the guys as "another DJ" (not female DJ), because I’m always bringing something different to the table. I like being a symbol against a stagnant status quo.
As far as what to do, be passionate about what it is that inspires you and you’ll always get better.
P.S. Have you seen Tamara's latest creative projects? She shot, directed and edited the Deandri lookbook
video and dropped a mixtape for Skingraft
, and her Dream Girl illustration
was displayed at the Basel Castle Art Gallery a few months ago at Art Basel in Miami. On top of all that, Tamara and her boyfriend put together the LIL DEATH
parties and she recently launched a Tumblr
filled with all the Internet-y visuals she creates!
Oh! And the entire photoset was shot by me
and edited by Tamara (pisces dream team)! See the rest of the shots on my tumblr
. For more from Tamara, go to www.TamaraSky.com