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Meet Trailblazer Chelsea Samuel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Samuel.

Chelsea, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
God. He ordered my steps home upon graduating Howard University in 2015 despite my resistance. I really hoped to live in New York or LA where many of my friends were going and where the money seemed to be. I guess all my life I had been manifesting this dream but I didn’t realize it. With my foundation in investigative reporting and editorial/creative writing, I wrote for publications early on including my personal blog sammyapproved.tv. Coming home with simply an internship at Wolfcreek Amphitheater and a dream to break into the entertainment industry, I began to work for free. Struggling, I begged Tiffany, who was my boss at the internship and now my big sister and mentor, to help me in any way that she could. The next part of my journey changed my entire perspective on life and my career. I began to learn the music business when Curtis Daniel gave me a shot at Patchwerk Recording Studios later on that year. The rest is history.

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?
Of course, not. I don’t think I’ve ever quite driven down a smooth road. If I had to list the struggles I’ve been through my entire life, we might be here for awhile. You will always find struggle in the journey. If you didn’t, the blessing wouldn’t be so rewarding. Life is about perspective. Are you going to curse and shout because you fell straight in the pothole or are you going to avoid the next one?

My advice to young women: Keep going and remember if you made it in the room, you belong there. Be confident in your ability to do the job not just because you’re a woman but because you’re damn good at it!

We’d love to hear more about Sammy Approved.
In the words of Teyana Taylor, “I do everything.” I specialize in storytelling. I have the ability to tell a story with words, film, vocal production, marketing, and management. I’m a content creator essentially and I manage the best rapper alive – Jordan Carter.

Most proud of my young 3-year-old business and brand thriving and evolving with me. I’m most proud of my consistency in maintaining my blog, taking on several marketing projects with local brands and businesses and continuing to educate and spread love through my love for hosting and the content I produce.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
My mom, sister and my late grandmother all for different reasons. My mom is so strong and selfless. I literally don’t know how she’s done it all these years and continues to support my many aspirations even if she may not quite understand what I’m building. My sister has always been so inspiring. Growing up, I always wanted to be like my big sister because she’s so talented and the loyalty she has for friends and family shows in the way she supports anyone she loves. My grandmother was the sweetest woman I know. When I find myself being mean or bothered, I think of what Naomi what do. She’d smile and spread her love and sass in any room she entered. All three of these women are powerful, dynamic and at the center, there’s love.

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@old_orleans , @fantasyimages , @emptycanon

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1 Comment

  1. LAVERNE

    July 31, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    HI CHELSEA! LAVERNE……I AM ALL TOO PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!! I HOWEVER AM NOT SURPRISED AT ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING BECAUSE I TOO; KNOW THE STRENGTH OF THE WOMEN YOU HAVE MENTIONED…GRANDMA, MOM AND SISTER… IN YOUR BLOOD LINE. I WISH YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS IN ALL OF YOUR ENDEAVORS….JUST KNOW THAT THE THREE NIECES ARE RIGHT BEHIND YOU ALSO DOING GREAT THINGS… IT WILL ALL PAY OFF SOON. I AGAIN AM SO PROUD OF YOU CHELSEA!!!

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