Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do professionally.
I grew up being a little girl whom loved the praises and compliments from others. I mean, what kid doesn’t? But, that love for others praises soon turned into a deep need for approval. Then, that deep need for approval, became the definitions on which I began to judge myself. And if I failed to meet those standards, it left me feeling as if I was nothing, like I had failed “them” and myself. As I look back now, I realize that I was never taught how to love myself and not just know but, believe that I was enough. So, for years I looked for someone to tell me who I was but I never found anyone that could, could tell me the truth about who I was. It left me with a feeling of emptiness, that I carried inside of me for such a long time. It has contributed to many of the downfalls in my life and the self-hating beliefs I developed along the way. You know, I found out that when you live your life under LABELS, it strips you of everything that you are. Yet, it limits you to the confines of that label, which makes it hard for truth to be found, self-discovery to begin. Furthermore, as I began to approach adulthood, I began wanting to find out about me. This is when I began to look upward for my answer instead of inward and even, outward. My journey to self-discovery began. Sometimes, I wonder why I spent so much of my life in bondage, not knowing that I held the key to my freedom all the while. You know, but sometimes God allows you to go through adversity to secure the pathway for others. So, know every tear, every ounce of energy, everything you went through, isn’t wasted. It came back to me 10-fold in the form of what has now become my Multimedia Company, Living Large, AMC. My company is growing into a universal platform for people from all walks of life, to share their empowering stories, showcase their unique talents and provide useful information to the masses via locally or online.
What do you enjoy most about your profession and why did you choose it in the first place? What was the inspiration for your company/project?
What I enjoy most about my profession is that it doesn’t feel like a job to me! I’m able to empower lives and souls that are lingering in the balance, all by sharing with the world, the fruits of my heart. It is such an AMAZING and rewarding feeling. However, I’d like to say that I didn’t choose my profession, it chose me. I never knew that an unexpectant call to radio, would lead me on this path in my life. I feel as if I stumbled upon my purpose for life. It was a leap of faith into this foreign world of purpose, having a purpose. But, God knew best after all and I’m thankful that I listened and followed through on this gift that just keeps unraveling and unraveling, something unique and powerful everyday! The inspiration for my company is to empower, encourage and equip individuals in the world on how to LIVE LARGE. How to acknowledge that you have the power, the world is within your grasp. Now, what are YOU going to do to unbound yourself and conquer the world?
Tell us about any new projects you have coming up (or recently completed).
All I can say is FEATURES! (Laughs) Yes! Features, I have a lot going on right now. But, I recently featured WCPO Cincinnati’s local artist, Monique Brent of Cincinnati, OH on Living Large Live. Which is a sector of my company in which I feature a range of topics, talents and stories in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern KY areas. So, my ear is always kept to the streets and my eye on new, and interesting talent that deserves to have a voice, a platform to be seen. I also, just snagged a feature with Sonya Moore, who is the Founder of ‘Nati Naturalistas, a popular Natural Hair Group in Cincinnati, OH. I’m really looking forward to dishing on the topic of natural hair because it’s dear to my heart. I’ve been natural for close to 3 years now and my, oh my the freedom you feel about your hair. Overall, I’ve been busy covering a range of topics in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY areas.
What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me is pretty busy. Once in my home office, I’m consumed with answering calls, answering questions about my company, scheduling interviews, designing products, packaging and sending off orders and the like! Aside from this, I’m either out shooting footage with a guest I’m featuring, editing, networking at events and throughout the city or involved in a community event. I have my hands full for the most part!
Tell us about your community involvement – what you are passionate about outside of work and home and why/how you participate?
Outside of work and home, I’m very passionate about our less fortunate, our youth and our young women. I’ve donated old and used items to Goodwill, The Salvation Army and to local churches in my community. I also love lending my time and support to the Drop-in center in the Greater Cincinnati area, where I’ve served the homeless and played bingo with them on several occasions. It is truly a humbling experience because it’s shown me the harsh realities of the downside to life. It also shows me where I’ve been and could be again. So, I’ve learned to appreciate the luxuries in life, all that I have because it truly is a blessing.
What is the biggest risk you ever took professionally and/or the biggest obstacle you have overcome?
I wouldn’t say I’ve overcome this yet but, it’s a work in progress. The biggest obstacle I’m overcoming is myself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten in the way of my own self. It is such a defeating feeling to knock your own self down and then, not offer yourself a hand back up. It left me with such an empty feeling of loss, a sadness that I didn’t fight for me! You know, but I’m proud to say that this time around I’m fighting for me and I’m winning! Just as my slogan says, with every fear I conquered and dream I fulfilled, I won apart of me back. I retired feelings of self-hate, self-doubt and uncertainty. You know, I was motivated to take the world within my grasp and be all that I could be and can be.
From where do you draw inspiration? Who have been your role models, mentors, etc?
I draw inspiration from countless of things but mainly from my Mother and her great wisdom. She’s been a constant guide for me, in the places I’ve been and am to go in my life! I appreciate the talks that we have because they’re raw, real and relevant, with hints of comedic relief in between. (Laughs). I’ve come to appreciate all that comes with this Mother/Daughter relationship because it’s made me strong, smart and unyielding to life’s challenges. Juanita Bynum and T.D. Jakes because of their fiery sermons and deep truths. Rap Mogul, Master P has also become a new-found inspiration of mines because of his high intelligence and ground-breaking history in business from his intelligent business ventures, businesses, marketing/advertisement skills and generational wealth.
What do you do to keep yourself sharp? What one thing have you done in the past year that has made a significant difference in your life/your business?
To keep myself sharp, I leave myself open to learn and experience because knowledge is power. Furthermore, the more you know, the more conscious you become as an individual. It’s a must to keep your ear to world happenings so that you’re fit to service clients from all walks of life. One thing that I’ve done and am doing this year that’s helped me not only in my life but in my business, is to recognize when you have an opportunity and then take full advantage of it. Now, don’t get me wrong some of the opportunities might come in an less than appetizing package. But, you have to be willing enough to unwrap it anyways and see all that will come of it.
What one thing would you like to learn this year?
I would love to learn more about my ancestry.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself as a household name and mogul in the radio and television industry. I will have a TV Production Studio, where all projects from Living Large will be conducted from. Furthermore, Living Large, will be an empowerment heavyweight that’s employing over 250+ workers. Aside from this, I will be married, child-free, (Laughs), the author of various books, a powerhouse speaker and a woman that’s truly LIVING LARGE!
What do you do for fun/relaxation/entertainment?
Ooohhh, this is a FUN question! I love to sing. I’ve always been a singer throughout my life. It’s a way for me to escape. It’s a natural high for me. It takes me to heights that I’ve never experienced before. I believe that it makes me feel this way because I’m using the instrument that God gave me, purely and knowingly. What better way to experience the benefits of something or someone, when it’s source is pure? Aside from singing, I love to draw, paint, read and most of all reflect. Reflection helps me put everything into perspective and helps me appreciate the truths that lie in my past and present.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Yes, I’m starting production on a new upcoming Empowerment series of mines, this spring that will continue to be a year-round project. It will feature various stories on deliverance. I am also, working on my 1-on-1 mentorship program catered towards teen girls and young women.
What’s the best way for our readers to connect with you?
Readers, be sure to connect with me on:
My Facebook Fanpage: www.Facebook.com/LivingLargeRD )
My Company Website: www.LivingLargeLive.net