Today we’d like to introduce you to Sixela.
Sixela, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a kid, I was always dreaming, creating and trying to run things. Everything really started in high school, fashion was always something that I loved and wanted to be apart of my career so I made sure to immerse myself in it. I would read magazines and study the mastheads, I would look up job descriptions to see which I felt was the perfect mix of creativity and leadership. I started a FIDM Fashion Club at my high school and was apart of the Nordstrom Fashion Board my junior and senior years. This was a pivotal time for me because it really groomed me early and showed me what it took to be a leader and make my visions a reality. I was conceptualizing, organizing and producing events at the ages of 15 & 16. I’m from the small town of Duarte, Ca and moved to Downtown LA shortly after getting my degree from FIDM in Visual Communications.
During my time at FIDM, I was working and interning while being a full-time student and really started to master the art of the hustle. Being a Visual Communications major was one of the best decisions I made because it exposed and gave me the knowledge of various career paths in the fashion and creative industries. After college was really when I took matters into my own hands and started to create my own opportunities and building up my experience. I initially wanted to be a wardrobe stylist but realized that I had way more to offer and didn’t have to settle on just one thing. I became a jill of many trades, with a strong eye for design and creative flair I really started to hone in on my strengths.
As a visionary Conceptualizing, Styling, and Graphic Design were things that came naturally to me so I began to freelance in those areas. I had dabbled in the e-commerce space as a kid on Etsy selling vintage with my sister and then became known in my city for my vintage denim creations which inspired my first venture PLAY DNM, in 2014. From there I continued to build up my portfolio working for many reputable brands as a way to learn the business and pay my bills. In 2017 I decided to switch gears to diversify my portfolio and work at a marketing agency within the plastic surgery and aesthetic space. Almost three years in, I have established myself as a hyper-creative and expert Senior Social Media Manager turned Creative Director of Social Media. The crazy thing is, I’m still at the beginning stages of my career and I have so much more I want to accomplish.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road at all, but really whose life is? I come from humble beginnings but knew early on that there was more out in the world for me. As a kid, the sky was the limit for me and no one could tell me otherwise. I had it all planned out, I had a whole 3 – 5 year plan at the age of 16. Around 18 or 19 is when I started to face opposition and things didn’t seem to come to me as easy as they once did. This was also when social media started to really take off and to be honest, it started to affect me negatively and I began developing this false sense of reality. Seeing all these highlight reels really began to make me second guess myself and my worth. But ironically, I was obsessed with it hence me becoming a Social Media Manager. I struggled with this self-doubt for a while until I was working in the industry and realized most of it is fake and you really can’t compare or compete with others because everyone’s start is different and no one is highlighting all their failures. I really had to tap back into the little girl who believed the world was her oyster.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sixelaa Fiercee – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Sixelaa Fiercee is my personal brand/ alter ego if you will. I am a strategic, expressive storyteller who slays my handpicked vintage pieces on the gram from time to time. Professionally I am a Creative Consultant who specializes in Creative Direction, Brand Development, and Social Media Management. I host a Society and Culture podcast called 3+3 Podcast, where I discuss taboo topics, personal development, and community development for the black community. I also am a co-founder of a Community Organization for millennial black women called Up&Coming.
I am most proud of the work I’ve recently started doing in and for my community. Being able to use my voice, influence, and story to reach my community in a way they can articulate is very important to me. At the heart of my vision is to inspire the people in the black community to believe in themselves so much that we tap into our innate greatness, create family legacies and generational wealth; ultimately redefining what being black really is.
What sets me apart from others is my authenticity. The reality that God created the world and decide that I was a necessary component is so special and truly keeps me grounded. Every bit of my being was intentional and necessary for this life as we know it. The same goes for anyone reading this.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Whew, I have big plans… Short term, I am looking to get into Motivational Speaking, mentoring young girls, and Personal and professional coaching. My big-picture goal is to build an empire that will include a Creative Consulting Agency, Luxury Fashion Conglomerate, and a Real Estate Investment and Development Firm. I am on a mission to inspire, build generational wealth and a family legacy by capitalizing on all my gifts, talents and hobbies. I’ve been blessed with this vision as well as a well of resources to make it all happen so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. The only major change from the beginning of my journey and now is that I am partnering with God everything step of the way instead of trying to do all of this out of my own strength.
- Website: www.sixelaafiercee.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/sixelaafiercee/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/sixelaafiercee/
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