We had the good fortune of connecting with Michaela Greene from Raleigh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michaela, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk-taking has completely changed my life. Almost every accomplishment I’ve had has come from me taking a risk, pushing the envelope, and exploring the unknown. Everything appears “scary” until you do it. If you think about it, every decision you make is potentially risky. The moment you walk out of your house, you’re taking a risk. Whatever you want to do, there is a risk involved, but it is necessary for progress. There wasn’t a risk I didn’t take where I didn’t learn a valuable lesson or excel from it. Try not to get comfortable with security; however, be comfortable with adventure and exploration.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up, I have always had a passion for giving a voice to the unheard. Everyone has a story to tell, which makes their craft so unique. I love my job as a music journalist. Interviewing artists and hearing their stories is the type of vulnerability I admire. It inspires me and the next generation of creatives. What sets me apart from the rest is that I make all my interviewees extremely comfortable. I enjoy getting to a personal level with my clients and asking them questions that other media outlets probably don’t think or care to ask. Sometimes, it can be a challenge to get artists to want to open up because of the negative stigma interviews may have. The best feeling is when I get complimented on how fun the interview was and how artists felt they could be transparent with me. That’s the whole point I think people miss nowadays. Interviews don’t have to be intense all the time, but more conversational.
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’m based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The city has some hidden gems that are worth exploring! I love a good Sunday Funday, so we are sliding to Dame’s Chicken and Waffles for brunch and mimosas. After that, we can stop by the Black Farmer’s Market and pick up some flowers and snacks for a picnic by Jordan Lake. Then, we can head downtown and visit the House of Art Museum, enjoy the live music, and appreciate the art from local artists in the area. Do some evening shopping at North Hills and grab drinks at the rooftop bar across Level 7. We have to visit Capital Grille across the way for dinner (the lamb chops are my fav!). Finally, we can end the night by viewing the cityscape downtown. And of course, we are taking pictures throughout the day with my film camera so the memories can last forever.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many people helped me get to where I am today; however, if it wasn’t for the support from my mother to follow my dreams, I don’t believe I would have accomplished nearly as much as I have. She trusts me to take complete creative control over my life and what I want to do with my career. My mother has fully supported me with every crazy and spontaneous idea I’ve had, and she has given me the confidence that I needed to believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I want to thank her for that!
In my main photo, the photographer who shot it is Samantha Everette Photography (IG: theshootingbeauty)