Girl On Fire (GOF) is a new monthly series on LME. It is inspired by the lyrics of Alicia Keys’ song with the same title.
My GOF is a woman who is a trailblazer in her career industry. A woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. And a woman who inspires and supports other women.
In this series, I will interview women from different career industries to get them to share their success stories and advice to women aspiring to succeed just like them.
In this second feature, I interviewed Deola Adebiyi. She’s a successful fashion and beauty blogger based in Nigeria. Continue reading to learn about the skills that helped her find success in Nigeria. And her advice to those thinking of breaking into the creative industry.
Before we delve into the interview, I will like to mention that I have actually interviewed Deola before but for a different feature on the blog. She’s extremely down to earth and personable. Read about my first interview with her here.
Please give a brief introduction about yourself and what you do
My name is Deola Adebiyi and I am a fashion and beauty blogger and content creator. I am also a freelance photographer and video editor.
Name the biggest challenge you have faced in your profession and how did you overcome it?
I think my biggest challenge was when my laptop broke down and I couldn’t get anything done for 3 weeks. It forced me to stop and to put myself and my life first. I was still filming videos and creating content but my laptop was my main tool of work and having it gone broke me. My baby is back and working now so everything is back to normal.
What are the most important skills needed to be successful in your field?
Apart from the regular basic skills like photography, editing, writing etc, you need to be able to put yourself out there. The world doesn’t owe you anything so you have to work hard and be determined to make it.
What advice would you give to women trying to break into your field?
Start wherever you are. There will be no perfect time to start. Instead of waiting for the perfect camera, use you phone. Collaborate with your friends and put yourself out there. Apply to jobs you don’t think you will get just because. And always keep creating. Even when you think no one is watching you, just keep doing what you do.
What woman inspires you and why?
Rihanna! She is everything to me – a fashion icon, a beauty mogul, a sexy woman and so unapologetically herself. I love everything about her.
What is one outfit that makes you feel feminine and powerful?
I don’t think I have that ‘one outfit’. My style is eclectic and what I wear really depends on my mood. For feminine and powerful, I would say something figure hugging but comfy. Maybe a printed jumpsuit or bodysuit paired with pants.
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