How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a Rising Star award?
At first, it was a total shock. I didn’t think I’d win so I felt grateful, proud and excited.
Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the Rising Star awards?
Since winning the Rising Star award, I’ve become the co-author of a book called ‘Slay In Your Lane’, written with my best friend. Our aim was to start a movement that would amplify the voices and increase the visibility of black women in the UK. It was a crazy few months of interviews, photoshoots, TV/Radio appearances for example with BBC Breakfast, Elle, Vogue, The Times and The Guardian to name a few.
We had high hopes for the book, but even we didn’t expect it to go as big as it did and spark so many conversations over the summer of 2018, so much so I had to leave my marketing role to be available for the the publicity run and book tour.
We’ve spoken at roughly 50 events, from City Hall with the Mayor of London, to bookshops in Edinburgh and Nigeria, to a Primary School in Hackney, and recently went to Amazon’s head office in Luxembourg. We finished off 2018 with a Marie Claire Future Shaper award and The Groucho Maverick Award.
What advice would you give to someone else going through our award’s process?
Network with all the nominees, be interested and curious about them and their work. It’s important to build authentic relationships with people.
What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?
My three tips are:
- Work on your personal brand. Whether you’re a graduate or a professional with years of experience, being able to hone in on your personal brand is vital as you progress in your career. When you have a successful brand, you are clear about who you are and how to play to your strengths. When people are considering who should lead a particular project or who to promote, being at the forefront of their minds by having a strong and consistent personal brand will propel you forwards and make you stand out in a competitive sea of professionals.
- Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, every time I’ve stepped out of mine and attempted something new, I’ve been able to uncover hidden talents. I never had plans to be an author, but here I am
- Work out your ‘why’. I felt more empowered in my career when I thought about what I wanted out of life as a whole. My ‘why’ comes down to being able to bring diverse perspectives together to challenge conventions and redefine the status quo.