Welcome to my new interview series featuring some of the brightest and most hard-working women I know. My goal for this series is to collect stories from women in all levels of their career. The hope is that their journey and their advice will trigger something in you, and help you take the jump you need to achieve your personal level of success. Whether they are freelancers, founders of their own business, corporate employees, or students, this #LadiesWhoHustle series will showcase their unique talents and help you unveil yours.
Up next in my #LadiesWhoHustle series, the multi-talented and beautiful, Ariel Anderson. Ariel is a 27-year old business owner (yes, you read that right!), that graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in business. She had cheered and danced professionally for 5 years with the Atlanta Falcons and was a cast member of WAGS Atlanta on the E! Network. In the past, Ariel has done pageantry and modelling. She also loves risk management and the structure of a corporate environment and is an underwriter for Commercial Property.
Read on to learn how Ariel has achieved all her successes and what advice she has for those just starting out.
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Why do you do what you do?
I started these businesses because I have a passion for each. I've been a dancer all of my life and I enjoy sharing that gift with kids .We also help develop and prepare kids for the entertainment industry and help them make a name for themselves. The S2 brand was created because of our love for dance, fitness, fashion and women empowerment.
What was your dream job when you were 10 years old?
To be a high fashion model. People always told me I resembled Tyra Banks.
If you could have anyone's job, whose job would you choose and why?
If I could have anyone's job it would be Misty Copeland's (American ballet dancer). She gets to fulfill her passion in the dance industry with much recognition and respect. In addition, she gets paid to live out her dream.
What is one thing people outside of your industry get wrong about your job?
People often assume that being an entrepreneur is simple and easily attainable. And yes, it may be easy to put your name on something and call it yours, but keeping it afloat is the true test.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see us having multiple dance studio locations throughout Atlanta. Clients will be knocking down our door for talent bookings. The S2 brand will be a successful women's network that will provide a sisterhood to its female supporters.
What has been your biggest career struggle so far?
Being a women of multiple hats can be a struggle at times. Having to balance all of the different entities that I have can be difficult but definitely worth it!
And what about your biggest career win?
My biggest career win so far is starting each business. Most people never follow through with the business plan they have because the fear of a failed business. If you never push yourself and reach your goals, your dreams will never become reality.
What's the best piece of career advice you've received so far in your career?
The best career advice I've received is to not be defeated. Keep mastering your craft no matter how difficult and complex your vision may be.
Have you received any bad career advice?
The worst piece of career advice I've received is to do what pays instead of do what you love. A career choice is normally long term so you never want to do something that won't make you happy.
What are you the most proud of?
I am proud to be an aunt! I love my niece as if she were my own. Her beautiful smile and charming ways melt my heart whenever she's around.
Who motivates you the most?
My mom motivates me the most because she wants to see me win! She's constantly pushing me to meet my goals and strive for the best. When things get tough I can always count on her for encouragement and advice.
What advice do you have for those looking for a career in your field?
The best career advice is to consider the cost. Not just financially but also mentally and physically. Being an entrepreneur has it's ups and downs, it consumes most of your time and can be emotionally draining.
When do you feel the most confident?
I am most confident when I'm dancing because I've been professionally trained and I love the feeling it gives. I'm able to express my emotions through dance. Also, when I have tons of tasks to complete in a short time frame, I am confident because I know I work well under pressure.
How do you relax?
I relax by listening to music. Smooth Jazz usually does the trick for me. I don't need words, I just like to listen to the different instruments, it's soothing.
Currently coveting: adults dance classes. I miss dancing!
Favourite way to sweat: a full body workout followed by a sauna session.
Favourite book: too many to name. I'm currently reading "A Return to Love" and it's phenomenal!
Morning bird or night owl? Definitely a night owl. I would prefer to stay up all night to work on a task than to wake up super early.
Favourite '90s jam: I love '90s music so I can't pick just one. The male R&B singers were my favourite!
Favourite city: Atlanta of course! But also New Orleans because that's where most of my family is from and I love the culture and the food.
Spirit animal: a snake - often plays the role of guide and emotional healer. The spirit of the snake represents positive, spiritual transformation. The sought out friend when advice is needed. The snake facilitates life events to go smoothly - a connector of dots who reveals the big picture.
Get in touch with Ariel:
Website: arieitalent.com; jdsatlanta.com; s2thebrand.com
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