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Meet Trailblazer Kenya Rae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenya Rae.

Kenya, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I actually started Kenya Feel Me in my junior year in college. It started out as a blog where I kept track of my fashion over the years and transitioned into a creative space for aspiring rappers, singers, and fashionistas. The transition came about right after I graduated from college. It was hard for me to find a job in my field, so I was working at a local Apple store when I realized my coworker, Chuck iNDigo, was one of the best rappers I’d ever heard. I pulled out my iPhone, followed him around his hometown to document the story, and the rest is history. From there, I landed a job in radio due to my dedication to my personal brand. Currently, I help musicians and other small businesses build their brands through storytelling.

Has it been a smooth road?
Heck no! If it was easy, everyone would do it. My first year out of undergrad, I could not get hired ANYWHERE! That’s one of the reasons I worked so hard on Kenya Feel Me, I didn’t want to lose the skills I’d learned in college. It helped me stay sharp and connected to my audience. I also lost my first job in radio so that was a challenge for me as well. I went through a period where I felt worthless and like a failure, but it actually launched me into something greater.

I would tell young women just starting out to never quit. As long as you’re doing something every day (no matter how big or small) toward accomplishing your dreams, you’re on the right course. Stay consistent, stay true to yourself, and never ever quit.

We’d love to hear more about Kenya Feel Me.
I specialize in building brands. I don’t really know how to classify myself, but others classify me as the glue. I guess I would say I’m a creativepreneur. (Yes, I made that up.) I interview people, I build brands, and I’m a creative. My clients range from musicians to military affiliates, to casinos. I also model in my spare time, so I love telling stories through pictures and videos. I do the same thing for my clients. My greatest joy is seeing a project come together. I love it when they can bring a vision to me, and we see it through to fruition and it’s beyond their greatest expectations.

What sets me apart from others is my vision and creativity. No one can execute my vision like I can, because I’m the only one who can “see” it.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Growing up, I was always the weird kid as most creatives are. A lot of my peers didn’t understand me, and truthfully I didn’t understand myself. I would try to repress my true expression for fear of appearing different. As I’ve grown older, I realize it’s that weirdness that made me. It’s that weird part of me that sets me apart from others and allows me to be as successful.

That’s one thing I would tell younger women starting out: STAY WEIRD!


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1 Comment

  1. Dee

    January 7, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Super proud of you girl! Keep pushing and motivating young black queens like yourself!

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