Entrepreneur | Podcast Host | Manager | Creative Director
On her start in the artistic world:
Dancing was my first introduction to the arts, but I've always had a love for pictures and artwork. I picked up dance because I wanted to skip gym class in high school. My mom was reserved, so she was taken aback when she saw dance on my school schedule. I ended up loving dancing after that.
On the power of relationships:
Everything has fallen into my lap because of my relationships with people. People saw characteristics in me that would be useful, so that's how I've become successful. My boyfriend and I were friends for years prior to dating, and he's always encouraged me to operate outside of my comfort zone. The crazy thing is, now I'm doing things I shunned away from, plus more!
On the most challenging title she holds (Co-host of the #Hashtag Eastside Podcast, Manager of rapper E Will, Creative Director of Off The Muscle Clothing, Event Curator and Host):
It would have to be being the creative director of the women's line for Off The Muscle. It's so hard to find items for the line, especially since I don't sew or make clothes myself. I've had to step away from women's jeans because they're so difficult to maneuver. Stretch and length are very problematic, so I've completely left jeans alone to focus on other pieces of clothing.
On preparation for the #Hashtag Eastside podcast:
Mel and I don't prepare (laughs). The most preparation we'll do is if we have a guest and we need to do more research. We don't like cookie-cutter questions and we aren't trying to get too deep so that's where the research comes in at. Mel and I will text each other the day of about the topic for the podcast. We started off writing down questions, but the conversation wasn't as natural, so we stopped doing that. Conversations always overlap so there isn't a need to write down questions.
On how she'll benefit from her power moves in the long run:
I’m striving to create a brand around everything I do. My team will become household names. My boyfriend wants his son to take over Off The Muscle clothing in the future. Hashtag Eastside will become an entertainment company. Also, E Will is going to get a deal soon. With all the titles I hold, I can honestly do this for the rest of my life.