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Rising Stars: Meet Halie Gary of Downtown Detroit

Today we’d like to introduce you to Halie Gary.

Hi Halie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Boum Boom started out as a hobby of mine. In 2019, while in graduate school at Depaul University, I designed and created cosmetic bags for my mother. Every time I posted on Instagram about my artwork my mother would tell me to create a design for it on a cosmetic bag for her. Time and time again I constantly created bags for my mother until eventually, people began noticing and requesting one after another. Sooner or later I decided to push myself to create my own small business in the hopes of being able to express myself creatively. I studied hard to find the right ways to establish a business, whether it was through books, articles, or even my peers who own successful businesses. As time went on my shop transformed from only cosmetic bags to apparel and various accessories. I decided to call the shop Boum Boom, which is a nickname my mother gave me and has called me since I was a little girl. Then that was it, Boum Boom was born.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Absolutely Not! I’m still struggling to fully solidify my shop to the public. It’s difficult to try to sell your creativity to the public, but there is no other feeling in this world that can top seeing your style on someone else. Some struggles have been placing too much money into a singular project that doesn’t take off, or constantly keeping up with social media to make sure the shop stays relevant. It’s hard to balance who you are and what you think is nice, versus the audience who you want to sell your art style.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m mostly a digital artist, I’ve been a huge comic book and anime fan all my life, so I’ve always dreamed of becoming an animator. I just received my MA in Animation so I do hope to still follow that dream, but with Boum Boom by my side! In terms of current employment, I work as a career coach supporting individuals in Detroit communities who are in need to further their education. I can say that my job is fulfilling, but I do know that the art world definitely has my heart! This past summer I was lucky enough to have my first production assistant job for Unsung to represent Detroit’s own Jones Girls! I’ve worked alongside many people who work in the animation industry as well as consistently doing my freelance work for different company logos and website designs. You can say that I pretty much stay busy, but I wouldn’t change that for anything.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I’m basically a one-woman show, as of right now I do the promotions, the designing, creating, you name it! I’ve been lucky to collaborate with a few other small businesses, as well as have a wonderful support system with my friends and family.

If anyone is interested in collaborations or design work, as I also do commissions for other small businesses, feel free to send me an email or dm me on any of my social media sites. I am always looking for the next collaborative project!

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Image Credits
To everyone who has supported my dream!

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2 Comments

  1. Leondre Wright

    November 17, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Great article 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  2. Elaine

    April 23, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    This is an awesome article! 🎉

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