We had the good fortune of connecting with Briahna McNeil and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Briahna, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I would define success as happiness. How happy am I? I define success in this way because money, material things, even people can be stripped away from you but something no one can control or take from you is how happy you choose to be. To live a full life I feel you have to be genuinely happy. Most people are happy when they are doing the thing(s) that they love. I love connecting with people and spending quality time with those I care deeply for. That makes me happy. Do I have the fanciest clothes or have a big house, no. Am I still happy without those things? yes, and if you ask me that’s what success looks like. True happiness.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would love to share a reminder that we are a community. We should be creating conversations to not only get each other and our audience involved but to also create a safe place. A community where everyone is welcomed. I’ve gotten to where I am today by the grace of God, my faith has kept me grounded and I thank God everyday for that guidance. Was it easy? short answer HECK NO. I‘be had to overcome the pressures of what the beauty community places on women, especially black women. I had to know I was beautiful in any kind of way I wanted to be. I would want the world to know that my “brand” is just me being me. I hope black women across the world realize that they are more than enough. Nothing else is needed.

We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
Wow I feel like this is a loaded question! What sets me apart? I don’t think I necessarily create stand apart art but I stand out because I’ve made my platform into a safe space for creatives like me and anyone who wants to join the conversation. Everyone is welcomed, anyone can talk to me about anything. I’ve gotten to where I am today by the grace of God, my faith has kept me grounded and I thank God everyday for that guidance. Was it easy? short answer HECK NO. I had to overcome the pressures the beauty community places on women especially black women. I had to know I was beautiful in any kind of way I wanted to be. I would want the world to know that my “brand” is just me being me. I hope black women across the world realize that they are more than enough. Nothing else is needed.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am an IE girl so the itinerary would look like this: For a daytime brunch: Proud Mary’s in Dana Point Cocktails: The Deck in Laguna Early morning Hike: Etiwanda Falls in San Bern Just to hangout: Thousand steps in Laguna and Aliso Beach (have a bonfire)

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is 100% to my mother Andrea. She is a pain in my side but she is the very force that has made me into the woman I am today. She’s taught me how to fight for my happiness and encouraged me in finding what that was. She herself went back to school with a full time job, two kids, and her mom to take care of at the age of 35. She came out with her BA and MBA. She’s fearless and a constant inspiration to me. I love her for pushing me to be more and believing in me.

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