Today we’d like to introduce you to Miley Carterr.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my YouTube Channel in middle school. I was then just an influential young teenager who only knew how to be herself. I was the only public “out” teenager amongst my peers at the time. Social media started to become bigger and bigger… as social media grew, not only did my popularity grew offline but online as well. People started asking me for advice so I started recording the advice uploading it on YouTube. I went from giving advice, to using YouTube to tell my story as a young, black transgender girl. I always competed and called myself a “Mermaid” so years later at age 22, I started my beauty line “Mermaid Essentialss”.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As far as YouTube and being black and transgender, it hasn’t been the easiest. I have to work two to three times as harder as my nonblack/cisgender counterparts. My business just started so the only obstacles I’m currently facing is meeting weekly sale goals. My advice to any young women out there trying to or wanting to become an entrepreneur… DO IT! Don’t get up even when things seem to all be going wrong, have patience and know that your business WILL NOT become successful overnight. Trust in GOD throughout everything! Have faith in your business or nobody else will!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Mermaid Essentialss story. Tell us more about it.
I’m a social media influencer/creator/author/entrepreneur.
I am most known for my STORYTIMES on Youtube and bomb selfies with my bright, colored wigs.
My proudest moment is when I released my first book “Becoming Miley” and now, my two books “The Diary Of Aurora” & “I AM”. These books mean so much to me as the cover very important times in my life.
There’s only one of me, I’m a go-getter, a work-a-holic, I’m more than just a transgender person of color, I aspire to inspire before I expire.
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Growing up, I watched my mother work day and night to provide for us (our family). Although she had her husband (my stepdad) by her side, she worked twice hard as if she didn’t have anyone. My mother taught me to be a hustler — never give up on anything you want to do. I believe in making shit happen regardless of what I may have to do to achieve that goal. Throughout my childhood, I grew to appreciate the smallest things in life. We weren’t a poor family but we weren’t rich either. My friends lived with families that had it way easier than I did and they were also more privileged. My mother worked so hard so that we didn’t fall into the generational curse. I believe my purpose on this earth is to break that curse, I believe I am going to be the sibling to take care of my siblings and their families & mine. This is how and why I’ve become who I am today.
- All lipglosses are $4
- My books range from $8-30
- YouTube sponsorship/promos range from $100-$1000
- Website: www.mermaidessentialss.co
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/mileycarterr
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuroraCarterr
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/AuroraCarterr
- Other: www.mileycarterr.com