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Life and Work with Denna Babul

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denna Babul.

Denna is the Voice of Fatherless Daughters. She is an expert in the field of fatherlessness and specializes in helping fatherless daughters reconcile their pasts in order to find their life’s purpose. Denna is an award-winning author of the life-changing book, The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses and Reclaiming Our Lives (Avery-Penguin-Random House 2016). She is a sought-after speaker, Huffington Post Blogger, and mother. Denna has appeared on the Today Show, Fox News, CNN, Sirius XM, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy and many other media outlets. She has been featured in Time, Redbook, MamaGlow and countless other blogs, websites, and magazines. Denna is a member of Women in Film & Television Atlanta and The National Speakers Association of Georgia. She is a weekly contributor to NBC’s Atlanta and Company.

Nicknamed “the reader”, Denna can figure out any situation. She has the unique ability to read people on the spot. Her gift is teaching others how to transform a difficult past into a thriving future. Getting people refocused and on to their life’s purpose is what she lives to do. As one infamous fatherless daughter so eloquently put it, “Talking to Denna is like having your best friend, an intuitive guru, and a drill sergeant, with a slight southern drawl, all in one. It is the highlight of my week.”

It works because she has done it for herself. After tragically losing her father when she was thirteen, she realized depression was not all that it was cracked up to be and decided to go after life with all guns ‘a blazing. Feeling called to be the voice of fatherless daughters she founded a non-profit, produced a short documentary on fatherless daughters, and co-authored a book. She is the creator of The Fatherless Daughter Movement; which focuses on empowering fatherless daughters and the people who love them through: group work, one-on-one sessions, family reconciliations and a newly thriving mentorship program.

She lives in Atlanta with her saint of a husband and two children, Sophie Bleu and Weston Grey.

Denna has dedicated her life to helping bring the silent epidemic of fatherlessness to the forefront. She is currently working on her third book, Why This Guy: Relationship Choices, Challenges, Dating and Daddy Dilemmas. Denna is also busy writing her first script… in her sleep.

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?
No. Is it ever? In fact, I am in one of those “in the meantime” moments in my life right now. I have always been a writer, but honestly, I chose security early on by getting a nursing degree versus following my dream of writing. In my late twenties, I decided to start writing again. I had a singles column for a few years before starting my own greeting card company.

I have tried a million things to feed my creative nature, but I just kept going back to what was calling my name: fatherlessness. After starting my 501c3, writing my book, filming my documentary and getting my mentorship program off the ground, I finally felt ready to write about something other than fatherlessness. In retrospect, I was still healing myself.

Today, I write both scripted and unscripted television. My first script is currently with HBO, so the future is bright.

The advice I give to women is to make your dream your front hustle. Let the universe know your intentions. Speak them into reality. Even if you are still doing your 9 to 5 as a banker but want to be an actor…live like you are an actor. Introduce yourself that way. Audition. Network. Do it all and be grateful that, that 9 to 5 is paying your bills until you get your big break. I would also say, don’t compete with others. We all have different paths and different times to reach our destiny. Be tunnel vision. Quiet the noise around you. Do you and believe you will get there.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with DennaBabul.com – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
1 in 3 women in the US is fatherless. I am proud that I started, “The Fatherless Daughter Movement which focuses on raising awareness and empowering fatherless daughters and the people who love them through: group work, one-on-one sessions, family reconciliations and a newly thriving mentorship program. Our goal is to help women deal with the hardships from their pasts in order to have a thriving future with purpose.

I am a life coach, mother, and regional manager by day… but at night, I feed my real passion: script writing.

My future plans include a hit one hour drama on a cable network near you. I just love the camaraderie of a bunch of writers sitting around a writers room creating magic.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My father’s death was the defining moment in my life. I decided then and there that I would turn my pain into power. Fatherlessness is a silent epidemic and one many people don’t talk about because society still deems it acceptable. There is something so beautiful about resiliency. Watching someone come back better than before is what dreams are made of.

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Wifta, Sara Hanna, Penguin-Random House, Atlanta & Company

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