We had the good fortune of connecting with Joy Kendrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joy, why did you pursue a creative career?
I feel like my career pursued me, I tried the corporate world but it never really satisfied me. I always felt so free, open and joyful when I did what I enjoyed and what allowed me to express myself.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart? Simple, me. I embrace who I am, what I’ve been through, I don’t try to cower on what I say or do I stand ten toes down on me. What am I most proud of or excited about? I have a successful business! Before I started, even though I have so many powerful entrepreneurs around me, I initially listened to “words of wisdom” from people who wouldn’t even attempt to stand in my shoes. It’s very important when asking or hearing “words of wisdom” you consider why this person wants you to stop, because sometimes people are just upset you have so much confidence in yourself. How did I get to where I am today, business-wise? Was it easy? I saw a void & filled it, I believed I was capable of doing what I put my energy towards. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? Hell no it wasn’t easy, it took me years to dismantle all the negative ideas and the thought processes I had learned and observed. Before I even got to dismantle the ideas, I had to muster up the courage to challenge all that I knew, question it and be brave enough to believe that I could achieve success. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. Trust yourself, be bold enough to believe in yourself even when those who once believed in you stop. You have to keep believing that you can, because why can’t you and then question that answer. Sometimes you excuse yourself because you’re scared not because you can’t. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? I want the world to know that I overcame. I survived so many things to get here, domestic violence, depression, eating disorders, no support, self hate and still I am here.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
If my best friend came in town where would I take her? Well first we would eat, I love vegan and vegetarian food so I hope she’s ready to eat all day because I can! So if she wants a tour of the city we’re gonna hit Cutting Board Cafe first, I will get whatever the daily special is because its sure to be great. Next, we would go to Jupiter Rings Wings & More because sis, his BBQ wings are FIRE! Knowing my bestfriend she would wanna walk it all off, so we could head to downtown Phoenix, assuming its not too hot and see some art and boutiques. I would be busy buying all kinds of eclectic pieces of jewelry and art. By this time I would want some dessert from Paz Cantina or at a local food truck fest then go get some dinner. My choice would be Cafe Lalibela or a private chef like Chef Ron of Food Vision before we go party.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My list of influences is so long, I feel. So many women & men spoke into my life so I will acknowledge those whose words and instruction have been the most resounding and consistent. Essence of Rare Essence Studios, she pushed me to network, speak to people I’ve never met before in my early adult years. Vela of VDavis Culture, she showed me you can have fun and do what you love. Emmanuel of ForgivenLove, he reminded to be happy, enjoy life and trust God. Jenesis of Womans Touch Apparel showed me you don’t have to be what people expect of you and be a boss. I have been so blessed to meet so many more entrepreneurs who pushed me to be bold, myself, unapologetic and that success is just waiting for me.
Instagram: @thefoodofjoy & @alwayshungryaprons
Facebook: Joy Kendrick
Photo Credits: Alan Hayes, Cherice Love, Martez Cornelius, Michael Jamal Dunn