Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Barber.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story would start something like this: I was adopted at age 3 and I was raised by my parents who have unconditional love for me as well as being fun and supportive. Growing up, I was always sassy, a goofball, and loved making people laugh by imitating these characters I’d see on TV. Later, I’m still quite a character. I’ve become more confident, unapologetic and well-rounded. I think of new experiences and people as an opportunity to learn and expose myself to new ideas. With that mindset I’m always ready for what life has to offer while being humble. After much deliberation about my future, Ive decided I will be furthering my education in Acting at a performing arts school.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My journey has been a variety of doubt, blockage, creativity and passion. I’ve had challenges and triumphs in my personal life, growing up my adoption was never a burden for me or my family. However, at times, I would feel like an outcast and I had a hard time with my identity. Later I realized that I needed to embrace my individuality because I have a bright future ahead of me. The most important thing is to stay true to yourself. As cliche as it sounds, we’ve all been at a place in our lives where we feel we may have lost ourselves. Whether it was in a relationship or experience, as well as appreciating the things that are beautiful and not so beautiful about ourselves. There was a point in my life where I was also discouraged and I became unmotivated. It lasted a while, but my advice is to be productive as you can every day and find something that you just love to do. By doing this, you could invest in yourself, future, and quality of life.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
I am an actress, singer, and model. I’m more recognized as an actor. Like I said I’m well-rounded if I’m not doing either of those I am being a student, painting or writing. What makes me unique would have to be my perspective on life and how I go about it.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Networking is vital, especially in the entertainment business. It’s a great opportunity to promote yourself, brand, or business. It’s important to talk to people who want to get ahead and are ambitious. Don’t waste your time talking to people who do nothing but complain about life and have poor attitudes. Also, you can’t go around using people for their connections and be worrying about what they can do for you all the time. You first need to be genuinely interested in them and keep in mind something you can do for them. Later, they’ll think about an opportunity or advice you gave them and want to return the favor.
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