Today we’d like to introduce you to Feroza Syed.
Feroza, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I believe the reason why you’d be interviewing me is because of my activism. That story started over 20 years ago when I first transitioned from a biological male to a woman. Quickly thereafter, I moved into a life of anonymity as I have what’s called passing privilege. Many of the experiences I had during this period of my life including rape, assault, almost being killed for disclosing my true self, all of which led me to feeling that I was safer not disclosing my trans-ness. I worked in corporate America and then became a successful real estate Broker. In 2016, as rhetoric on the national level began to change, so did my feelings about living in anonymity. As a woman, being brown, being a daughter of immigrants, trans, and Muslim, I felt under attack. I felt marginalized, scared, and depressed. When I thought about what I needed to do to take my power back, I realized that coming out, acknowledging who I am, acknowledging all of me is what would make me feel better. I did exactly that, first to friends, my ex-Mother In Law, my work. Then, I put up a post on Facebook. That went semi-viral, eventually garnering somewhere around 75,000 likes and hundreds of shares. I took my 15 minutes of fame to make a difference in my community. Now, I sit on the mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board and am one of 2019’s Grand Marshals for Pride.
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?
It hasn’t been smooth at all. As I mentioned the physical assaults, being spit on, etc. the most difficult struggles for me I think centered on losing the vast majority of my family. I have somewhere around 40 members of my family just in the Atlanta area that still don’t talk to me. However, as one door closed another opened, there was such an amazing culture in our city, one of acceptance and love. I’ve been privileged to have met so many amazing people who welcomed me with open arms.
Advice: Never be ashamed of who you are. Always be true to yourself.
We’d love to hear more about The Syed Group | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.
I believe what sets me apart from most other real estate agents is that I’m a realtor and I’m also a licensed real estate broker. My firm Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the Premier luxury brokerages Atlanta. I am a part of a great team, so it’s more than just one individual working. I find that gives us a competitive edge because we have more than one person working on every client, giving us different perspectives.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I find networking very easy now, but when I was younger, I didn’t. I believe reaching out to new people every day is one of the key factors that helped me succeed. I was younger, I was filled with anxiety and had difficulty reaching out to strangers. After doing it, again and again, I’ve now got to the point where I can start a conversation with a random stranger, often leading to a long term connection, sometimes a transaction.
- Address: Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
1555 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30309
- Website: https://ferozasyed.atlantafinehomes.com/eng
- Phone: 770-595-5018
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @feroza2018
- Facebook: Feroza Syed
- Twitter: @FerozaSyed1
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