Monday, August 22, 2016

Pursue Your Passion Until Your Passion Pays Your Bills: Christina Bright



It's been months since I shared an interview, but I didn't want to let August end without giving you a dose of inspiration from Christina Bright! I've followed Christina (who is known as chrismiss_  ) on Instagram for quite a while, and she's one of my favorite people to follow on social media because of her authenticity. She shares the joy, struggles, and work of her life transparently. Her posts will make you laugh, think, and inspire you to get serious about turning your goals into a lifestyle. When I met Christina at Ayana Iman's Authentic Convos event in February, she was so friendly and her vibrant personally shined through; I immediately knew I needed to introduce her to you. Christina lives life beautifully because she lives life authentically. 
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Christina Bright and I am from Newark, NJ.

What is your purpose?
My purpose is to be the best version of myself I can possibly be …to manifest the life I deserve so that I can inspire people to do the same.

How does your purpose align with your passion?
I’m passionate about creating, from directing, to writing, modeling, and the list goes on. I’m learning that when your work is an authentic reflection of you, you work to connect with people on a very human level. I don’t set out to inspire people, but I understand that knowing, loving, and appreciating my SELF means that I will produce work that will inspire people to start finding and loving themselves.
How did you discover your passion?
I discovered my passion when I made the decision to dedicate my life to self-discovery. I’ve always wanted to help people. When I saw that sharing my story was doing that…I knew what I’d be doing for the rest of my life. Living, being, doing, sharing.

Those who are familiar with you on social media know you are a visionary and have been involved in some awesome projects! What are some of the things you do for a living?
I have been really getting into creatively directing projects. It’s so natural for me to create. From the look, to the message, to the vibe…I like to see an entire project through from beginning to end. I act, and have a web series premiering within the next few weeks. I model…which was cool in the beginning but I’m really beginning to LOVE it. I also have clients who I provide personal and brand development for. I’ve recently gotten into public speaking and have spoken at a few colleges this year. So YES , I do it ALL!
What is a typical day like for you?
My days start of snuggling with my 6 year old son. We mediate, eat breakfast together and then I drop him off to school/camp. Lately I’ve been so BUSY that I can’t make a move until I look at my calendar. Every day is SO different for me …I can be hopping on the train and heading to the city for a shoot or meeting with clients. It all depends.
You made a bold move to leave the corporate world to pursue your passions full time. What prompted your decision to exit the corporate world and never look back? 
I was feeling so unfulfilled an uninspired. So I thought about what I had to lose, and aside from money I couldn’t think of anything. The choices were money or my purpose. SO I jumped. Once I left, it wasn’t an easy road. It still isn’t. But I recognized that I’m a winner and I was made to live the life I am living and when I accepted that BIG things started happening in my life.

Do you have any mentors who have helped you on your path? If so, how did you find them and what advice would you give to someone seeking a mentor?
I was blessed to have an AMAZING neighbor (Miss Glecia) who was there for the beginnings of this process. I would stop by her house and talk to her several times a week.  She encouraged me, and gave me a lot advice on my journey and parenting. I’ve just connected with another woman from my hometown who’s spirit is amazing. Her name is Q.  Her energy is so familiar to me, and she’s making moves that I aspire to make. I believe the mentoring should be a natural thing. It’s about recognizing who you look up to, who you TRUST and who’s advice you value.
How do you use your passion for good?
I use social media to bring people along the day to day. I talk about the ups and downs. I’m able to do everything I love. I can express myself through story telling, and creating positive images and videos while inspiring people to go after whatever it is they love.

What motivates you to persevere when obstacles arise?
My son. My only option is to persevere because I know he is watching me. I also know that obstacles are a part of the design. Nothing comes easy. Obstacles are a sign that you are on the right path. They test how much you really want it.  
Have you ever felt like giving up on the entrepreneurial life or lost focus of your passion? If so, how did you get re-centered?
I’ve definitely had times where I felt discouraged, uninspired, and burnt out. I was putting too much focus on making something happen and always worried about what the next opportunity would be but I wasn’t treating myself fairly. I wasn’t resting enough or eating well. I was taking care of everyone but not myself. Becoming Vegan has made a HUGE impact in my life. It’s helped me re-center and put the focus on SELF. When you’re intentional about what you’re ingesting, you really begin to pay more attention to ALL of your surroundings. I’ve noticed that I’m way more aware, more relaxed…and more in unison with the universe all together. The things that are manifesting in my life are predicated from maintaining that good emery.  

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned while pursuing your path? Is there anything you wish you had known before transitioning to full time entrepreneurship?
Don’t give up. It’s ok to have a moment or two or three...or however many moments it takes. But when you continue to go for it despite any of that,  your real purpose will reveal itself. We learn from everything…the good and bad alike. I think that people want to know everything there is to know about entrepreneurship before they take the leap but again, it’s a PROCESS. You will learn as you go. Anyone can start from the very place they stand. You just have to decide.
What advice would you give to a young adult who wants to become a full time entrepreneur but is facing pressure to stay in corporate America?
Follow your heart. Don’t allow fear to make you back down from your heart’s true desires. Know that you will ‘fail”. You will “struggle”. You will question yourself, but all of those feeling are normal. They test your faith and your character. See it through. Show up for you dreams and they will show up for you.

What is the most difficult part about being an entrepreneur?
I would say time management. Everyone wants to be their own boss until its actually time for you to start managing every single part of your business.  You have to make every single decision and if something goes wrong, there is no one to point the finger at.
What legacy would you like to leave?
I want people to know that simply BEING who you were made to be is ENOUGH. The gift(s) that God has given you will provide for you. I want people to see me and see someone who is fearless, who goes after what she wants no matter what barriers may exist. I want people to know that it’s ok to be transparent, and to be human, and to be brilliant all at the same time.

Where can we find you on social media?
Twitter: ChrisMiss_
Website: www.everydayischrismiss.com 
  

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