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Meet Donnia Marie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Donnia Marie.

Donnia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Personally, I’m not surprised to see myself working as an actor or hosting the podcast, DND Uncensored. Even the accomplishment of having two popular series as an author isn’t far fetched. Since I could remember, I’ve always been into the creative side of life, and I am thankful to actually find my footing in doing things that I love.

However, what I never expected was to start a life coach business when I turned 22. Yeah, yeah, what does a 22-year-old know about life? I mean, even I said this to myself, making light of a 63-year-old woman venting to me. What lead me to actually having this business is when a fellow classmate of mine found herself in an unfortunate situation. I never knew my guidance helped with anything. It’s not until her dad reached out thanking me and suggested I had a gift in motivating and uplifting others, and at this point, I’m like, duh, I know this. Still, I’m not looking to coach no one.

Fast forward, months later. The older lady I mentioned above sought my guidance because she already knew me personally. She swore I’d been in this life before (Rolling my eyes at the time, but I also recognized my gift). She wasn’t the first to vent and take heed to my advice, plus my non-judgmental ways, loyalty to a fault, and persuasive personality only fueled this for her and all my upcoming clients). Once I realized there were three more clients added to me, I implemented a system to generate money and make it easier for my clients. While maintaining that business, I pushed my dream of acting and got an agent who I am glad to have on my side. I’ve been fortunate enough to finally gain some IMDB credits and recently filmed during COVID. I’m so happy to see production picking back up.

And as far as my books, I didn’t expect to have a successful take-off so soon. I was well aware that I would flourish in some way because I believe in everything I do, just not as fast. I published my first book Fearless Love in Nov 2018. Since then, I have published seven full-length books in which five are from one series and the other two from another. The fact I did all of that in less than two years with tons of great reviews online makes me super excited. I think the icing on the cake for me is that they are also in audiobook format. I’m still amped about that. Not to mention, I managed to create an online boutique for the characters, something I wanted to do from the first time I released book one.

It goes to show if you see it, and you want it bad enough, then you can achieve it. The question is, do you have what it takes? Fear will kill all your dreams, so you change that mindset with the fear of not knowing what if. You know, I just don’t believe in being stagnant or allowing others to determine my future because I’m more significant than that. It’s the same thing I tell anyone in my circle; they have the same chance as I got and vice versa, it’s just who’s gonna take the bait.

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?
Challenges are an understatement, but that’s the fuel behind everything I do. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when I turned 16. It’s those altering changes in life that will either make or break you. That alone was rough, and to be a caregiver or watch someone deteriorate for years right before your eyes is something I don’t wish on no one. In retrospect, I discovered perspective is crucial. I live every day with the mindset to live and not just exist because, in a blink of an eye, your life can change. I also didn’t realize how much compassion I had inside for others because I had an ailing mother who taught me so much about love. Or watching my dad be selfless as a husband to care for her as well.

See, in middle/high school, very few people knew my reality with my family, or the pain I truly experienced. Shoot, adults didn’t get it; I mean, how could they? But somehow, everything that I lacked in a motherly figure because mentally my mother wasn’t here, it’s like God gave me that plus more. IDK. It’s weird because I still had so much sanity in it all. I enjoyed my childhood none the less while still being a significant staple in taking care of my mom physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’d say I’ve definitely been blessed. Oan, that’s just a snippet of the obstacles.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
The only thing that sets me or my businesses apart from anyone is my own life experiences. My journey. When I go after something or push another person to achieve a goal that they want is only due to my passion for seeing people be great. Let’s be real, you and I aren’t any better than one another. Yet we both have talents that the other may not have. And that’s ok. The point is I want to go after what I want. Being ambitious and living is all me. If you find yourself in my circle of friends or are connected to me in any way, you’ll always be enlightened by something. I don’t care to withhold information. But that’s me. I don’t know anyone you can talk to from my past or present that would deny my claim.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m looking to close out this last book in this series (The Champion Sisters)! And then delivering a very anticipated book that I’m frequently trolled about in my emails & DM’s… I’ve found my readers to be very engrossed in my book, and this particular character Shooter is a hot topic right now. Once those two books are done, I think I’m a break for a while and only release 1-2 books a year and go full throttle with my acting. My passion really lies heavy there.

The thing is that even though I speak of a break, I still have other projects in line for my readers. There’s a podcast set for the end of this year that no one has any clue about, and my readers will be stoked. I haven’t seen others doing this, so um, I can’t wait to see how this is perceived on a bigger scale than just that audience. I’m just hoping to cultivate some things before I get to my mid-thirties. I still have a few more years to go. They say don’t put a time cap but its just my way of pushing myself. In all actuality, I’m in no rush. I definitely trust in God’s timing.

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