Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenara.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jenara. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started singing when I was seven. My mom and family knew I could sing – but I’d never tell anyone because I was super, duper shy. I was in trouble all the time and I was constantly on punishment so I’d secretly write music and perform in my room. My fear of singing in front of people began to go away as I took voice lessons. That made me a beast. Although I was in love with music and performing, I would run from it because was scared… afraid of what exactly, I don’t know. But the shit just kept chasing me, lol. So I had a conversation with God like, “Look, you’re not gonna leave me alone so I just have to walk in my purpose and use my gift”. It started to get more serious after that. Music isn’t just something I want to do – I need it.
I moved to LA for a few years – I literally made a quick decision – have a 30-day notice, quit my job, booked and one-way flight and I was out! Then back home to Maryland and now Atlanta. I’ve been here going on two years. My experience has been great. I’ve had the most success here so far – there’s a lot of opportunity here.
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?
I’d say almost every single moment of this ride has been bumpy. There was a time when break down and cry all the time because I’d be frustrated about my situation – financially, my mental health, etc. Extreme highs and lows. I’ve gotten used to and embraced that this shit is a roller coaster and sometimes an uphill battle. But staying mentally strong and super focused on where I’ll be is what keeps me going. Sleep and water have a lot to do with my mental state but that’s a whole other conversation, lol.
When I lived in LA, there was a period where I was homeless. I’d sleep in the airport mostly. Other times at random people’s houses or I’d just stay up all night. I never told anyone. And of my friends or family would call, I’d just pretend everything was “okay”.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My company is The Leiman Group. The LEI is an acronym for ‘Live, Entertain, Inspire. That’s what I’m here to do. Another piece of my brand is ‘SUPER PU$$Y. People are often confused by this – especially men (insert eye roll). I am big on women empowerment. Not necessarily a feminist. My goal is to relay a message to women that we are amazing and powerful – and to be confident no matter what. Do not let a man make or break you. The phrase came from us being looked at as only sexual beings so let’s throw a cape on because we’re actually Super Women but that sounds boring. When I say “Super Pu$$y”, it gets everyone’s attention.
I am a performer. That’s my favorite part about being an artist. It allows me to go to another World. It’s so much fun and I love knowing that people are having fun and being entertained. On this musical journey, I’m most proud of the ability to stay resilient. I should have given up along time ago but I refuse to ever do that dumb shit. As an artist and a brand, it’s important for me to exude confidence, sex appeal, spirituality, feminine power and art. What sets me apart is that I am an enigma… A rare combination of things.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best is the amount of opportunities and the large network of people in your field. I like that there is always something to do. A dislike (and this is just my personal experience) would be that it’s been hard to form and keep genuine friendships. They’re typically very short-lived. It gets very lonely at times but I just stay busy.
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