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Meet Nia Shanay

Hi Nia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I feel my story in my life truly took a turn and started when I was in college. I transferred from New Jersey to the art institute of Fort Lauderdale. I have relocated back to South Florida a few months ago and it’s one of the best decisions I made for myself in a while. I studied fashion design and really begin to create a life for myself after college living in Hollywood at the time. I am an artist; my father calls me a master-craftswoman. I’ve been getting back into modeling as well. I paint, I sew, I’m a stylist and I work very well with my hands overall. My love for art began at the age of 11. I’ve been blessed to have those gifts run in my family. By trade I am a barber. I’ve been cutting hair professionally for 13 years. My motto in life is from my favorite quote “Do everything you possibly can in one life time.”

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as relatively smooth road?
What’s the road like when it’s less traveled on? I’ve grown to understand life carries roadblocks and we learn that we ultimately have to tools to navigate through whatever is thrown at us. My biggest struggles were gaining confidence in myself and putting my energy in better environments. The power of being amongst like-minded individuals can truly be a testament to your success. Over time I’ve been learning to pour more into my passions and the things that bring me joy, that’s really helped keep me grounded.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a multidimensional artist. I Specialize in sewing, painting, modeling and barbering. I’m most proud of seeing my growth & consistency I’ve been seeing after all this time. Sometimes it’s so important to celebrate yourself and look at all the accomplishments you’ve managed to achieve. What sets me apart is the way I think and treat people. I believe my mission on earth is way bigger than me and I’m here to enlighten.

How do you think about luck?
I believe luck is just preparation and opportunity coming together. Les brown said in one of his lectures “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” As I’ve grown my decision making has played a key role with luck.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @niaispurpose

Image Credits
Dey Vision Studio, Cece the Personality, self portrait

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