Making Space for BIPOC Creatives

Claima stories is a podcast with a mission: to inspire and empower black and brown creatives as they pursue their ambitions. It’s the brainchild of Claima co-founder and host Bimma Williamswho has just completed a 30-day four-city tour of the west coast while interviewing local BIPOC creatives about how they turned their ideas into reality. Past guests include Andy Nguyen of Afters Ice Cream, streetwear entrepreneur James Whitner, sound engineer Derek Ali and creative director Paris Cole.

Here, Bimma – a former Nike marketing director – reveals his best advice to young BIPOC creatives applying for their dream job: “Be a confident communicator,” he says. “You will work with a wide variety of dynamic personalities; You will work with people of different ages and backgrounds. The bottom line in these environments is that you can actually get your vision across quickly – and get your vision across to multiple people. This is what people will want to see in your interview: How do you communicate? How do you deal with communication in difficult environments? “

Claima Podcast Team

In this milkshake, too, Bimma shares his favorite guest from all Claima’s podcasts: the fashion and jewelry designer Melody Ehsani, who dropped out of law school to start her label. “Melody didn’t have much formal training,” says Bimma. “She faced many hurdles, including losing her father at a young age, but she didn’t give up. When she was not given access to certain types of capital, [like] VC, or angel investors, she actually found the money herself – she sold products, took that money, and reinvested it in her business instead of spending it on herself. She was a bootstrapper who enabled her to make her brand what it is today. And their story is just extremely inspiring. “

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So is Bimmas – so switch it on.

Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.

Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.

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