ToniSteelz, Brooklyn born and raised, adult-contemporary hip-hop artist has been performing ever since she was a kid. Considering she comes from a long line of performers in her family, performing comes naturally to her. As busy as she is, she took a few moments out of her day to allow You Me NYC to get to know a little more about her.
A day for Toni starts with an early rise and a prayer. Then she lets the dog out to take care of his business. Next, she dedicates an hour or two to social media and emails. Then breakfast, yoga to follow and then she takes a walk around the neighborhood to prepare for the day and kick off her creative flow.
Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Queen Latifah are her musical inspirations when it comes to creating her work. Her process requires meditation, water, snacks, trees, a pen, paper and space. Toni Collaborates with other artists as well and finds the process to be a bit more simple. According to Toni, it’s easier to bounce ideas off of someone else. She will definitely work with other artists in the future.
Toni loves her work, she loves to create, meet new people and adores her fans. When her fans reach out she reaches back. She can’t acknowledge all of her fans, but she does try her best. She does, however, dislike the backhandedness and the judgments that come with the territory in this industry. However, when asked if she ever thought about leaving the performing arts and starting a new career, she replied with an emphatic “No”. Hence why she involves herself with other aspects of the industry such as acting, writing and producing. She is also considering other genres, like, RnB/Soul and fake singing(jokingly) as well.
With all that is going on in her life, we asked if she ever has time for herself and her response, “I make time for myself”. Unfortunately, she learned that the hard way, after she was hospitalized for dehydration. Toni relaxes by going to theme parks, comedy shows, traveling, hanging out, enjoying a nice bowl of pasta(her favorite food), watching television(The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is her favorite show) and occasionally takes a “hit” of “weed”.
Be consistent, relentless, focused and always remember to have fun which is her advice to anyone trying to get into the game. According to Steelz, “ToniSteelz” is the future and she plans on bringing her lady friends with her. She sees herself creating and starring in films along with a few other business ventures. Toni is traveling on a long road and she is excited to see where it brings her. We at You Me NYC are delighted to be a part of that journey.
Check out ToniSteelz’s “Welcome to my Hood” and share with all you know.