By Marian Nimoh
On Sunday November 3rd, Personal Fashion Stylist, Nesta Simone hosted Fearless and Driven at Lucas Lucas Art Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The annual women’s empowerment event consisted of a panel of five professional ladies who each candidly spoke about their paths, while also providing tips and advice to encourage women to be bold and have faith to walk into their purpose and create their own lane. Whether it’s working that nine to five job with a side hustle you are passionate about, or a business that you would like to start, these ladies dropped gems on how to be fearless, determined, and consistent with their dreams. Here are three fearless women on the panel whose words and wisdom really stuck with me.
Antoinette (Toni) Warren shared a past event about her life and how it was falling apart. She parted ways with her boyfriend at the time, due to changes in both of their paths. Despite having struggles, Warren decided to keep her head up and not give up. One useful piece of advice she shared was, “If you want to start something, go for it, don’t wait, just do it and learn as you go.” Warren currently works in the entertainment industry and is the founder of BHOR Media, a media, marketing, branding and digital public relations firm based in New York City. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree and has admitted to being afraid of failure.
Malyia McNaughton, jewelry designer and founder of Made by Malyia, was working a nine to five job that she disliked after graduating from college. She once made a bracelet for herself for a music festival. The bracelet that she made attracted the eyes of her friends, family and strangers who wanted more and asked her to sell her design on Etsy. Malyia took their advice even though she was afraid of quitting her nine to five job. She knew her passion was in fashion and took a bold step by quitting her job to design jewelry. Her Jewelry has been featured in Essence Magazine, on HBO’s Insecure whereas the show’s star and creator, Issa Rae wore her jewelry in season 3, episode six, and Grammy Nominated singer Jasmine Sullivan has worn her designs. One bold piece of advice McNaughton gave was to not be afraid to quit your nine to five job, especially if you do not like it; to pursue your dreams.
Patricia Mytime has been in the music industry since she was a kid. The recording artist, professional singer and songwriter has worked with artists like Sean “Puffy” Combs. Her parents are both pastors and she sang in the church. By the age of 18, Mytime had her first child. Mytime also styles hair and is the founder of Salon Sweets. She is afraid of being told “no,” and even when she is told “no” she still makes what she desires a reality. Her advice is to keep moving, keep working, always take a step forward, be fearless and “create your own path.”
Ladies, if you want to connect with a platform for women of color where you can network, find inspiration and work together, then be sure to follow @fearlessndriven on Instagram.