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Life and Work with Myah Hollis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Myah Hollis.

Myah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started writing when I was in high school. I initially wanted to be a novelist but I discovered screenwriting in college and loved the idea of taking something from my brain, putting it on paper, and then watching it come to life visually. I started my site, Holli Baker, while I was living in LA for an internship program during my senior year. It started as a class project based on the importance of having a solid online presence and grew into a personal blog. As I got older and really began to understand what it meant to be a working creative in LA, I shifted the blog to be a lifestyle and wellness site for creatives. It combines my passion for holistic living and self-care but is portrayed through the lens of an artist. I now have a team of contributors that write for the site, as well as a separate creative studio, Pretty Thing, that I founded with my producing partner.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. It takes a while to find your voice and become confident in what you have to offer and your unique way of delivering that to the world. Being an artist of any kind means constantly having to remind yourself that what you’re doing is important and that it matters. It’s a constant battle against negative self-talk and insecurity. I’ve had so many different phases of my career and I’ve explored so many different versions of myself along the way, but that’s part of the process. The more that you work at it and invest in whatever it is you’re trying to build, the more confident you become in the fact that you’re building something meaningful.

Please tell us about Holli Baker.
I’m a writer first and foremost. With my site, I’m a blogger. With my company, I’m a screenwriter.

Regardless of the medium, I always want my writing to be an authentic representation of the world. I aim to be as truthful and transparent as possible and I’m really proud of that. I won’t say that it sets me apart from others because I hope that everyone is also striving for that. What I’m known for is being influenced very heavily by psychology and why people think the way that they think or do the things they do. I allow that to inform all of my work because I only want to tell truly human stories.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Do what you love.

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Athleta, Caroline J Phillips

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