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How did you get your start in the performing arts?
“I started singing officially when I joined the choir at St. George’s Primary and Infant school for girls in 6th grade, and went on to join the choir at St Hugh’s as well. I honestly can’t remember how I started; I think I started dancing before I started singing. I was in maybe the second grade and I was dancing for Charlie Smith High’s junior dance group. I remember dance classes being the favorite part of my day and I think at the time, JCDC was in its prime and the Tivoli Gardens dance group was still at the top of their game because they got called up a lot for gold medals. I enjoyed being on stage then and there with all the bright lights and win or lose, I felt like I was a part of something phenomenal. ”
What is the inspiration behind your jewelry business, “Chocolate Jewels”?
“Chocolate Jewels was inspired by my love for expressing myself in the way I dress and jewelry always tends to pull a look together. I found that I really could work with my hands, and with some things that were self-taught and a little “YouTube University” here and there I managed to start doing something that I enjoy – which is taking something out of nothing. The name of my business was inspired by my nickname; the push to do it happened when I felt like I didn’t want to sit around a cubicle talking on the phone helping others build something when I could build something for myself.”
What are some things that help you to keep your focus?
I think there are a lot of aspects that contribute to me keeping focused…sounding myself with people that push me, as well as my walls which are filled with inspirational quotes. At the center of my vision board, the word “focus” is there because it is something I have struggled with. Less so today, because I have bills to pay and I have big dreams and that requires a lot of focus.”
Are there any experiences in your journey that you would like to share?
“One experience that will forever be imprinted in my mind is when I got eliminated from Digicel Rising Stars and was brought back the very same night by judge Anthony Miller, who is as everyone knows, is the toughest judge. I went from being in the top nine to third place winner in the 2017 competition.”
How would you advise someone who struggles with their self-confidence?
“Self-confidence is something that I have struggled with, from loving my complexion, to loving myself, to standing up in front of people and performing when I didn’t feel like I was good enough. As much as it’s been said over and over again I think Marcus Garvey said it best: “If you haven’t confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” I also like to remind myself of this quote by Thomas Fowell Buxton, that “with ordinary talent and extra ordinary perseverance, ALL things are attainable.”
Fear sometimes cripples us when we need to move forward and win battles. It is easier said than done but I always say take it a day at a time. Sometimes, the small wins you have each day makes a huge difference. What helped me was being able to accept that God is the author and finisher of my faith and if he created me, then I must be a force to be reckoned with. That means so is everyone else; dimming your light helps no one.
Nelson Mandela said it best that, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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Blessings in abundance!