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Rising Stars: Meet Mone Symone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mone Symone.

Mone, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m an American singer, songwriter, rapper, manager, civil rights advocate and community organizer. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, I started performing at the age of 10 in various singing and modeling competitions. After getting pregnant with my child, I was forced to choose between my daughter and career. After raising my daughter alone, I decided I wanted better for her and myself so I started my own business to cover the bills and started doing music again full time.

I then moved to Atlanta, GA, to expand my businesses. With my brother Dj Frankie French by my side as my Dj and producer, I started organizing my own showcases and events so that I could build a team of my own! I wanted to give back to my people so I’ve gave out prizes to the artists to motivate them to come back and show out. Shortly after throwing my second music showcase, I decided to start my management company and scout for talent and ended up signing some artists from my events. Now I’ve been just giving back to my community, making music and I’ve recently started my new podcast, “Don’t Second-Guess it.”

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, it hasn’t been a smooth road. I’ve had my bumps in the road before I made it to where I am now! I’ve had to battle homelessness, depression, abusive relationships, and disappointments. There were times where I felt like giving up. As soon as I wanted to give up, I thought about my daughter and my family. I wanted so bad to be successful so that I could move them out the hood and give my daughter the life that I never had. The one thing that plays in my head is, “Do it alone, do it broke, do it scared, just freaking do it!”

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have so many talents that I’ve already put to use! People know me from being a community leader, a business owner and an artist/manager. I’m most known for being an artist and a mentor. I’m most proud of becoming a success story and sharing my music with the world. I literally came from nothing so it feels good to be stable and being a natural healer to the people of my communities.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I believe the key to success is not only patience and hard work, but risk-taking also! In my eyes, being a single black mother in Chicago, I had to go twice as hard as everyone else. When I started my first business, I quit my job as a security officer, risking not being able to cover my bills. I remember that day getting on my knees and praying to God to lead me in the right direction. I feel like my risk-taking has made me into the successful woman I am today. To make it in the music industry, you have to invest in yourself and take risks.

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