Posted by Saretta Brown
Recently my husband and I were driving in Los Angeles when I asked him to pull off the freeway suddenly. “Here? In this neighborhood?” he questioned. Without skipping a beat, I directed him to my childhood home, a very humble one-story in a low-socio-economic community. It had been 26 years since I lived there, but the flood of fond memories came rushing back like it was yesterday: playing basketball with my brothers in the driveway; locking myself in my room and singing hours on end; walking through a graffiti-filled tunnel to get to McDonalds; and the list goes on and on.
As I sat in front of the house, I thought about how I went from this impoverished city to where I am today. Of course many things happened in the last 26 years that allowed me to go from that to this. Many of which had to do with my parents. Along with family, I was fortunate enough to have people who took a chance and truly believed in me. It was their certainty that encouraged me to believe in myself.
Since I so greatly benefited from the leadership of others, it’s important that I pay it forward and do the same. Part of that includes mentoring other PR and marketing professionals. We are fortunate to have now have Brittni May working with us at Holler Ink. You’ll be hearing lots from her on our Twitter and Facebook fan pages as well as our blog. Join us in helping Brittni in her journey from new college grad to PR professional!