The up-and-coming Dallas DJ Rachel Harvey, AKA YUNGURSAMINOR, shares five ways in which, as a creative, she strives to inspire herself and others to create as their best selves.

As a creative, I will not deny my identity as a feminist. 

Women in the creative industry are not often perceived as true pioneers in their fields. Everything is treated as a boy’s game. It’s my responsibility to honor  every woman who came before me and to inspire the ones who will come after.

As a creative, my blackness will shine. 

Being black is scary. Being black and a woman is terrifying. Standing up and being weird and honest with myself is something that could kill me, but that makes it all the more rewarding. I can help show that it’s okay to be someone like me. I can help create the safe spaces that don’t exist for us right now.


As a creative, I must continue to mold myself in these identities. 

As long as I stand firm in my identity as a black feminist, I will be radical. To proudly stand up and say I’m a feminist and black and to put women first is something that influences and inspires my art. I can only hope it will inspire someone else.

As a creative,  I have a voice to speak about my anxieties. 

Even though I may have a mental illness, it doesn’t define me. My anxiety is a facet of myself that I use to build what I do. Even though it may be scary if I’m honest and vocal about it, I might save someone else from thinking they are  damaged. This does not define you.

As a creative,  I have no rules on how to live,  if  I live with purpose. 

I can do what the fuck I want as long as I remember why I am doing it. If I can’t relate it back to making myself happy or adding a new element to my art, then I’m not doing it.


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