The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more. With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.
Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I would get good at whatever piqued my interest but I was totally all over the place. I distinctly remember graduating high school a semester early (December 2011) and by January when the excitement wore off and my friends started to settle back into their last round of classes… I was overcome with this feeling of being lost. I never really thought about what came next. Read more>>
I moved out there with no money and no transportation and nearly became homeless. I struggled the entire time I was in school until my classmate took me in and I lived with them, their girlfriend at the time, and their roommate on their couch. If it wasn’t for them, I would have had to live on the street just, so I could finish school. Read more>>
They were still the cool parents in the neighborhood tho. My dad helped pay for a couple of boys on my brothers basketball team tuition, my mom used to take all of the kids in the neighborhood to six flags, all of our kid events, and games and stuff so they were still pretty cool but when it came to school, respect and family time they were big on that. Read more>>
Success to me is when you are truly happy with the path you’ve chosen in life. I feel to be successful as an artist you have to really lock down and believe in yourself. There are times where I felt I wasn’t working hard enough or my work was the bare minimum, but you have to move at your own pace. Your time comes eventually. Read more>>
Charlandra L Jacobs
She received the Army Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service medal for recognition for serving during the Gulf War. Also, she served a military OCONUS tour in Hawaii. After completing her military duties, Charlandra was Honorably Discharged. Read more>>
There weren’t a lot of outlets for training, so I attended the Studio Makeup Academy in Los Angeles. After completing my beauty & special fx certification, I headed back to Atlanta to work full time as a makeup artist. I had a goal: to work on a major production. Read more>>
The pressure of being a success, had so many individuals, including myself frustrated and stagnant. I started the company out of my desire to see others thrive and walk confidently in their purpose. The K. Conner Consulting team consists of myself and Dr. Louis Lynn. Our team has years of experience in business and entrepreneurship, as well as leadership development. Read more>>
The pivotal point of my internship is when Ms. Deb asked if any of the interns could provide media coverage for the 2017 Soul Train Awards. I told her immediately that I could, and that was the beginning. I provided media coverage for her top radio host and correspondent, Kierra M. Wagstaff. Kierra has been a huge influence on me while pursuing my career in this industry. Read more>>
I loved clothing and what it said about a character – you can tell a lot about a person by the way they’re dressed. In addition to acting in plays and musicals, I would also design them. I lucked out designing my first commercial out of college – it was a Pepsi/Carolina Panthers spot. I was cast in a film in Atlanta and saw how big the film industry was here, so myself and my boyfriend packed up from Charlotte and came to ATL. Read more>>
I worked as a nanny and a teacher’s assistant for $8/hour. But my ultimate goal was to be a part of the entertainment industry. I got here and started networking HARD. Eventually, I got invited to a party hosted by a Bravo reality star who shall remain nameless. I couldn’t go because I was sick with the flu. But I sent an email to her assistant, letting them know I’d do her PR for free. Read more>>