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Life & Work with Tiara Lane

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiara Lane.

Hi Tiara, 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?
Create your own lane and make purpose a priority, that has always been my motto. I refer to myself as a Creative Visionary, Motivator, and Storyteller. My journey started with me modeling in NYC as a teen, but early on I knew that I never wanted to be known as just the model or the “pretty girl.” I was aware that I had several other gifts and skills, but society can sometimes pressure you to stick to one lane and stay there. In the back of my mind the thought always lingered, “who’s to tell me I have to pick just one?” …I tried it for a while but was always left feeling unfulfilled, as though I was neglecting the other gifts within me that I knew weren’t put there by accident. If God gave them to me why not utilize all of them? That’s how I developed the idea, “create your own lane.” Fast forward to almost ten years later, I’m now modeling for various creatives, I’ve styled some of your favorite models, influencers, music executives, and other public figures… and within the past year, I’ve discovered my natural gift for creative direction. I’m really big on living a life of purpose and with intentionality and remaining in a constant state of evolving… Whether I’m in front of the camera modeling and acting, behind the scenes bringing creative ideas to life, or consulting and coaching, I’m always going to fulfill that assignment. I made a vow to myself that if a creative project is presented to me that lacks substance, I won’t even take it on. My ultimate goal is to tell stories that matter, that have meaning, that initiate deep thought, necessary conversations, and ultimately inspire people to evolve into better versions of themselves.

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?
Not feeling worthy of a seat at the table. It’s funny because many people compliment me on my confidence, but internally I struggle a lot with am I worthy of where I’m headed. Self-sabotage is real, and I had to learn to not talk myself out of opportunities that can drastically elevate and transform my life out of fear that I’m not qualified enough or even ready.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My focus right now is to continue expanding my styling and creative direction clientele, in addition to continuing growing my modeling portfolio. However, don’t be surprised if you see me on your tv screens within the next few years, that’s a huge goal of mine. I actually started acting in college, doing theatre. I randomly went to an audition one day for an on campus production and to my surprise got the role. Since then, I’ve periodically been taking acting classes over the years. This past summer, I starred in my first independent short film and commercial and fell in love with it. So we’ll see where my acting journey takes me. Like I said, I’m just in a state of constantly evolving and utilizing all of my gifts, whatever that may entail, as long as it’s God doing the leading for me.”

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago, and the interesting thing is even as she’s still currently battling the disease, she’s still my biggest supporter. Always has been. My mom always had me involved in some form of performing arts as a child for my extracurricular activities. Regardless of how far the event may have been or what she had going on, my grandmother never missed a concert, talent show, dance show or any other opportunities I had to perform or speak in front of people. Even as an adult, those are the things you remember, you know. She was always present. I pray she’s still living to witness me “make it.”

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Christopher Zapata DP Jolly Darren Black

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