Today we’d like to introduce you to Kamry James and Ariana Chavez.
Hi Kamry and Ariana, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Kamry James: I have always been attracted to skating in all forms, as a child I dabbled in recreational ice skating once in a while, that is where my love for skating originated. But I didn’t fully dive into roller skating until about a couple of years ago during a tough time in my life, I was struggling with my mental health. I had gone through a breakup with a boyfriend and my best friend of 10 years. I was dealing with depression and I felt incredibly lonely. In the Black community, mental health has not been treated as a priority. For me taking care of my mental health is how I can bring healing not only to myself but to my community. It was important to me to find a therapist. After seeing a therapist, I was advised to find a creative hobby that kept me active. The first thing that came to mind was roller skating. I went to my local rink in Seattle and immediately it felt like home. A year later, I moved to LA and that’s where rollerskating really picked up for me! I found this huge community of roller Skaters in this new city that I was exploring. Roller Skating has allowed me to find my people but it’s also allowed me to be unapologetically joyful and at peace.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
When SISTA Skate was first started, it was a challenge to build a team that started with just one person. Over time it has grown, but the most important lesson learned was who we would work best with to serve the mission of SISTA Skate.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Kamry is the Founder and Cha Cha is the Co-Founder of SISTA Skate. Kamry is a roller skater who comes from a creative background including modeling, wardrobe styling, set and fashion design. Her creative skills and experience have given Kamry the knowledge on how to market her brand. She aims to bring this knowledge to other women who want to gain success in the entertainment field. These all have led Kamry up to focusing on content creation, marketing and SISTA Skate. Cha Cha comes from a community organizer, activist, and event planning background with a passion for social justice reform. She is a dancer and roller skater whose drive is to create art and safe spaces for her community. Kamry and Cha Cha are proud to bring SISTA Skate to the world so that Black women and women of color can gain empowerment, joy and freedom through roller skating.
What are your plans for the future?
We are working on some fun and innovative things for the future, but for now we will continue hosting classes and workshops for healing and uplifting our Black and Brown skate communities. We are working on collaborating with artists and healers while building a coalition within and outside of our community. We want to uplift Black and Brown skaters in the community by providing resources they need so they can succeed in their creative fields.
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