D'ana Of Covl
Where you can find her: instagram.com/itscovl
D’ana, queen of queens! Not only does her work make all who experience feel alive, but her genuine personality, curiosity, and kick ass work ethic just makes her so much more amazing. Her content has pulled me in for years to the point where eventually when a flyer she did would cross my feed, or an animation collaborations with her beau Parris, I would simply shrug in admiration “of course, who else?” She is changing the industry by continuously forging a lane for herself and forcing the rest of us to THINK BIGGER. She remains humble through it all. For example, when asked what her biggest recent accomplishment was she said:
“Last year I collaborated with Nike to design a shirt and aside from it being such a coveted brand it was more so sharing the moment with my father. I worked tirelessly to bring pride and ease to my family.”
So not that she’s worked with Nike, Tidal, Footlocker (peep their profile pick on all platforms for woman’s month, that’s all D’ana) and so much more, but the pride she was able to bring to her family. I stan.
How much effect, if any, has your gender had on your path to success, specifically in your field?
As a woman, we need to work 10x much harder just to prove that we can and always will run with the "big boys". Last year I landed two campaigns where I was the only woman and while that's considered as an accomplishment, it shouldn't have to be. I would've loved to share those moments with fellow female artist.
What does success look like to you?
To me success looks like me and everyone around me, they say you're a product of your environment and success can't thrive without struggle, hardwork and compassion.
Any opinions or advice, on balancing relationships or having a family VS. the perception of the public of women choosing success or love?
I'm working towards having both because I believe you can have both. Takes a lot of work but who's to say you can't have a balance? My relationships never made chose between the two because I've always made it imperative to be surrounded with relationships that truly provide unconditional support and love.
How do you remain committed to yourself and your goals? What does it look like?
This has always been a work in progress for me because I tend to be a workaholic yet this year I began journaling in the morning and setting a hard goal to "clock-in" at 10am and "clock-out" at 6pm
What is your "why" ?
I never been one for vengeance yet sometimes I think about my art teacher that once told me that I sucked and mind you, I don't think I'm the shit now but my "why" has always been proving myself wrong and in some instances proving that art teacher hella wrong.
How much of your success do you attribute to your "tribe" Or Circle? What does yours look Like?
My tribe consist of my friends and family, everyone gets a equal cut from my accomplishments.
I admire your ability to stay in your lane, and forge whole new ones for yourself, rather than jumping on trends, how has that developed over time?
I've never been the type to follow trends or routines, I find peace in always creating for myself and while that approach is a hard way to scale any business, I rather not rush a good thing if I can see it through to the end.
I admire your willingness to help and extend resources, how have you learned to balance saying no and not spreading yourself thin?
I'm still learning to say no, yet thanks to the people in my corner I'm learning to love saying no because it has saved me from overworking myself or from ill-fitting opportunities.
How are you combatting the societal pressures of staying constantly productive and comparing your productivity to others?
I had to let that shit go at the end of last year after experiencing one of the worst breakdowns. This year I'm reminding myself that we tend to live in everyones highlight reels and that everyones path is different. So to think there's a one size fits all formula for productivity and consistency is bogus, I've set my own rules.