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Interview

DJ Franky J Does It All

Tam met up with D.C.’s own Franky J – talented young DJ, blogger, and all-around badass.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Franky J and I decided that I wanted my nickname to become a brand in every aspect of it. I took Franky J and decided to start my website FrankyJ.co,where you can see my styling work, what I offer for styling, upcoming DJ gigs, and blog posts because those are my roots. I started blogging in 2009 and kind of went through various phases of blog names and topics. I feel that “Franky J Co” brings everything into one place and my face is the brand of what I represent.

Can you tell us how you got started?

I got started with my brand by realizing that the last blog just wasn’t encompassing everything that I represent. I decided that I want to have something that had my nickname Franky J, which is actually from my real name with a twist.
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What’s your background? How does your background influence your path in life?

I went to school for Fashion Merchandising and Design. While in school, I got into an entertainment troupe named Couture Productions where there were models, dancers, artists, singers, poets, and more! This organization taught me a lot of the behind the scenes of fashion shows while being a model and a dancer for some years. Yes, I do it all. I took the education of my major and the entertainment troupe and decided to start modeling throughout college and even after college. I realized that I enjoyed seeing other people behind the lens a little more, which is how I got more and more into styling. I worked in retail for a long time and decided I needed to get into positions where I could style others and learn more about body types, working with various personalities, and just getting more practice in. My most recent search for real work in the fashion world landed me a styling job at Trunk Club, where I get to style men and women of various age ranges, styles, and budgets. This is where I get to be surrounded by other creatives and clients that I would have otherwise never met. Before I forget, I also DJ which I’ve talked about for YEARS! A friend actually reminded me of how I talked about it with so much passion some years ago but they didn’t believe me and here I am about 9 months in booking gigs, playing music that makes me and others feel good. It is the BEST FEELING EVER! It’s always scary before a show but once I get into it, it’s sooo much fun!

Describe your style.

My style is edgy if I had to encompass it all in one, but I’m really a very emotional dresser. I could have jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers on one day and the next a fringe skirt, chunky heel, fun top, and accessories. I like to have fun! My closet always takes me on adventures every morning. It can be fun and overwhelming all in one but I love it. I think my hair plays a big part in my style also. A lot of people remember me by my hair. It’s so funny. People will know that my hair color is different when I have already forgotten. LOL!
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What motivates you?

I am always motivated when a client tells me I’m gifted or gives me a hug at the end of a consultation by helping them solve a problem they couldn’t necessarily fix on their own. The DJ side motivates me when complete strangers come up to me with compliments, ask for my card, or recommend me to someone else. I’m always wowed by that and it keeps me motivated.

What are some words you live by?

“Life Goes On” – Unknown. This means so much to me in the sense that things are going to happen that could leave you confused, upset, and unsure, but you have to keep it moving.
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Do you wear head wraps or turbans?

I have one hat that is like a turban, but I don’t know why I haven’t worn it. Maybe it’s too dressy, but I love how easy they are. They can actually elevate a look, which is what I love about it. It always accentuates your face when you wear either, and that is what I love about the look of them.

Describe your hair care routine.

Oh goodness! LOL! I think I might have my routine down. I change it depending on the length of my hair or if a product doesn’t work as well anymore. Typically, I do co-washing with Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid Formula 133 if I’m not washing it with shampoo. This product does miracles on my hair at any length. I highly recommend it. I use Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave‑In Conditioner everyday probably because of the smell, of course, and the moisture. My hair always needs moisture for the curls to pop. The other product that works really well as a finishing spray is 25 Miracle Milk from Mizani. I wash my hair with Clairol Professional shimmering shampoo for my currently gray-dyed hair. This is great for bringing some life back to blonde and gray dyed hair.

What are 3 things you would tell your 22-year-old self about life?

I would tell my 22-year-old self that everything you’re going through right now is going to be what helps you when you get older. I was so lost at 22. I just graduated from college without a job. I was still figuring things out, but it made me become resilient with applying for jobs and even knowing that if I don’t hear back from somewhere, keep going. I apply this to my everyday life with work and my personal brand.

Where can we follow your amazing life?

Social Media: @FrankyJ.Co & @FrankyjCo
My Website: www.frankyj.co

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