FearlessFriday: Yannique

This week’s fearless feature features Freelance Fashion Stylist, Yannique.

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I’ve always been pretty determined and pro active towards my goals and knowing what I want. But there is no feeling like being at peace with yourself and who you are as individual and REALLY achieving your dreams.

Growing up I had an amazing childhood in a loving household, went to college, obtained a business degree but never felt that I knew exactly what I was good at. Though fashion was in my “blood” since a kid, I could never seem to know what direction to go in or what exact field. I also never considered myself creative especially looking up to some amazing talented people in fashion, music and art. It wasn’t until after the end of my first job after college that I realized I wanted to get into fashion styling. I did what I had to do to learn as much as I could. Interned, assisted, studied, researched, started a very rookie portfolio and just kept going. I even started to get booked for small gigs, until I received the “dream” job of working on a celebrity styling team. Red carpets, music videos, performances, even a tour. Through all this however I still had self-doubt. The thoughts of not being talented enough, or good enough would resurface, especially once that gig ended after a year. Unbeknownst to me, however that was one of the best things that happened to me. When that gig ended, I took some much needed “me time”, got into a deeper relationship and spiritual walk with God and really just began to figure myself out.  I drowned out the negative thoughts and followed my heart and my passion.  I took on a fairly easygoing part time job that allowed me to maintain fashion styling gigs and clients. Earlier this year, I even took a leap of faith and began a book project that had been in my heart for a few years now. The best part was the peace that came over me. My attitude changed, the way I talked changed, just me in general. It was that moment that I realized I was comfortable in my own skin. I was OK with not having every little thing together yet knowing exactly what I want in life. I was ok with continuing to pursue my dreams in my late 20s. I was ok with being Yannique whether people have heard of her or not. The moment I became FEARLESS.

Yannique

Twitter:@itsyannij

Instagram: @yannij

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#FearlessFridays: Mo Brown

This week’s fearless feature features host, film maker, actress, voice-over & recording artist, Mo Brown.

image-15From reciting long monologues to countless auditions, theater stages, voice-over recording, touring- Entertainment has always been a part of my life. Growing up, we always loved to believe that the person with the most lines was the “main attraction”. But it isn’t always so. Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and other great actors, can make us believe that a scene is in a movie can be so real. But what the moments when they’re acting in silence? Where no words are said but the emotion, story and feelings are there.

I wasn’t always a scholar student, so math problems and memorizing formulas wasn’t me. I constantly asked myself, “Mo how are you going to memorize all of your lines as an actor if you can’t even remember a formula in class?” It was depressing as students aced their math and science tests and I was barely making it through. But I was determined to make my dreams come true whether I had the sharpest memory or not.  So I studied people and their body movements, habits and behaviors. I danced and watched Mr. Bean on HBO faithfully. Mr. Bean was this great actor that was a MUTE. He used his physicality to execute every scene and it was sooo engaging. I said hmmm… maybe I can be a MIME?!!!

But I didn’t want to paint my face white and hide behind the beauty that my parents told me was beautiful. So I continued to perform using all  that I’ve gathered over the years. But I would get the comments “Calm down, why do you always have to move around?” “Be still”, “Shut up and look pretty”, “Chill Out”, “Don’t you ever be quiet?” I experienced people trying to dim the light that shined, and I was in denial. I thought people didn’t like me and as I began to close up my shell and settle for something more “CALM.”Then I got the part in Melvin Van Peebles play “Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death” Directed by Alfred Preisser.

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I was sooo excited because the play looked WILD and I was READY. I saw that my character,Lilly, was a prostitute! I gasped as we sat at the table for the reading. All the cast members were so engaging as I saw my dance numbers as the characters kept referencing me over and over… but I was so confused. We were on the last page and I asked myself, “WHERE ARE MY LINES? I worked so hard to get here and I have no lines? My character is amazing but she doesn’t say a word!” WHAT?!!! So when wrapped up the script reading the Director Pressier pulls me over and says” We’re gonna make you a star” I laughed in confusion but trusted that God would lead me. I showed up to rehearsal nervous and defeated but nonetheless in dance attire.

And to my surprise… I barely left the stage. I was in almost every scene playing this raunchy, character that had to take every movement to the 10th power.

Now, graduating from college, I thought that I had all the tools. But the Director shouts “Mo Brown I need you to stare at him with disdain”. I paused. I knew what it meant but I had to deliver with NO VOICE. No shout. No cry or disgusting words. I had to give my physicality to this moment. We took a 5min break and I went backstage to pull my thoughts together. Thinking about the little girl in me watching Mr. Bean, so I googled the word ‘DISDAIN’ on my smart phone. I took a deep breath in and exhaled the word to get it in my body.

“AAAND WE’RE BACK” the stage manager says. Here it is… my time to work my eyes, body, and breath into this emotion that is so easy to verbally communicate. And as I walked across that stage… listening to the monologue about me. I goosebumped into Lilly. Lilly, the prostitute who made a man fall in love with my moves, love making, booty shaking, almond eyes.Lilly, the sexy street runner who was loyal to her pimp and would shake for a dollar while running from the police.

New York Times, Black Star News, Starz in Black, and among others wrote about this character named ‘Lilly’. I used my face, breath, hands, feet, eyes, fingers and more to execute. Mr. Bean never left my thoughts. I breathed life into this character ‘Lilly’ and I will never forget it. The standing ovation without saying a word, that’s when I became… fearless.

Mo Brown, Mobrownsuga.com

www.Instagram.com/MoBrownSuga

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#Fearless Fatima

It’s Fearless Friday!

This week’s #fearless moment comes from freelance stylist, blogger, & office manager, Fatima.

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When I think of fearless, I think of a moment not too long ago when I decided to leave a job that made me unhappy for way too long. After I completed college, I found a well paying job maybe a year or so later. I was able to do what I loved everyday but the staff and the company I worked for were not pleasant.

At first, leaving my job was just an idea but each day the idea started to consume me. I realized I was spending countless hours stressing and being unhappy. I never had the energy or time to work on things that really made me happy like my blog , designing or spending time with my friends.

When I expressed this idea to most of my friends and family they all said I was crazy and told me to find something else first .

However, I was determined to focus on passions more. That was on of the most unhappy times of my life. Then one day I just got the courage and took a leap. I was tired of being unhappy so… I saved up as much as I could, found an unpaid internship working in a high end fashion showroom in the city and I put in my two week notice.

That was not only the best choice I made in my life, but it was the scariest as well. I was terrified that things wouldn’t work out, but I stuck with my gut feeling. I didn’t end up getting a job at that showroom but it put me in the right direction and gave me the right experience to find a much better job still doing what I love. I even had more time to focus on my business and blog. There was moments when I doubted my decision, but I just kept pressing forward and I’m so happy I did!

Fatima, 22

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