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Rising Stars: Meet Naomi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Naomi.

Hi Naomi, 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?
I’m a singer-songwriter. I was raised by both of my parents that are Congo natives. Growing up, I struggled with social anxiety. Everyone who knew of me in elementary school through Mid-Secondary school would say I was pretty quiet. I always wanted to be a singer and an entertainer. I started singing & writing poetry at the age of five. Wrote my first song when I was nine years old. Music runs through my veins. I always doubted myself when I was younger because I thought it didn’t make sense for someone like me who was so worried about what others thought to try and inspire others. It would usually take me forever to get comfortable with people in order to completely be myself. I always felt different and off because I was afraid to socialize and share who I was when it looked so natural to everyone else. As I got older and encountered more people and situations, I realized that it was ok if I was different and if I didn’t click with everyone. I found out some people even had the same fears as me and that made me feel bad for even thinking I’m the only one in this world feeling left out. That’s why today, I aspire to inspire others to be their true selves & to be the truth they seek. Meaning, be you and spread your light and the right energy or people you desire in your life will gravitate towards that light.

Alright, 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 has not been a smooth road to get to where I am today. I faced both numerous mental wars and physical challenges in life that made me actually give up on my career a few times. I was always a person who suppressed my emotions or thoughts because I didn’t think anyone would understand or relate. Doubt was the number one thing on my mind. Therefore, my biggest struggle was myself. Although, struggles like having to take care of my dad who had a major stroke in 2017 when I was fresh out of high school, took a major toll on my vision for my future. Mentally and financially, I felt I would never make the goals I dreamed about. If I could go back right now and tell my old self what I’m accomplishing now, I wouldn’t believe myself at all.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in singing and songwriting. Although, I am also a model, aspiring actress and an all-around creative. I don’t like to set myself up with a limit. Thats what I feel sets me apart from others. Nowadays, I never take no for an answer from anyone or myself when it comes to my craft. Anything is possible. I dream big and my work ethic is even bigger. When I see something I want, I pursue it. Simple math.

How do you think about happiness?
Music, that’s a first and a given. I find happiness within myself for the most part. I find it fulfilling when I get to learn from my mistakes and experience different perspectives in this world. Just becoming a better version of myself. Family also makes me happy, and I don’t only mean my blood family. Those around me I consider family because we lookout and have the best interest for each other and learn from each other. Lastly, vacations make me happy.

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