We had the good fortune of connecting with Renadda Wiggins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renadda, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Is there something that we can use to determine if we should keep working on something, or simply accept that we failed, and let go? I wish!
Every experience is different, and unique.
The decision to continue doing something, or to stop, is part of the art of living, and that’s what makes every choice interesting.
Every risk you want to take, you will do it thinking about all the possible bad outcomes, but you will know that if it works, the reward will be greater.
In certain situations, you’d want to use all the motivation, willpower, and courage you can muster to keep going. And in other situations, you’d need strength, humility, and insight to let go and move on.
But at the end, only time can tell if we’ve made the right choice, or not.
Don’t expect it to be easy, because along the way you will have failures and you will think you’re doing it wrong and need to give up right away.
Expect it to be hard. That way, when it is actually hard you’re not surprised and you can put your head down and keep after it.
For me how I know if I should keep going?
I know I should keep going, because my purpose has aligned with my passion.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m a realtor at Compass, the founder of The Art of Runway and a published author. As a real estate agent I arrange the selling or buying of houses, land, offices, or buildings for my clients. I walk my clients through the entire home buying or selling process, providing valuable knowledge and information at each step. Acting in the best interest of my clients.
My nonprofit organization helps individuals with Down syndrome to find their inner abilities and build their confidence by using runway techniques, affirmations, workout routines, among many other exercises that enhance a better quality of life. We do casting calls through out the city, we train this individuals and produce fashion shows.
My book “Someone like Sarah” was published on October 31, 2020. This book about the Story of a little girl with Down syndrome who discovered a confidence building program and now inspires others.
What sets me apart from others is my ability to utilize my real estate license to collaborate with my nonprofit organization. The ideal is to get individuals with Down syndrome into homes that fit their needs, such as the height of the home and the appliances within the home, just to name a few.
What I’m most proud of is taking my fashion show “Rocking My Extra Chromosome on the road. To be able to touch so many different families has not only been life-changing for me, but for many families. From the smiles to the tears from both families and the models is downright amazing.
The Art of runway is using this pandemic downtime to strategize upcoming events, and we’re excited about expansion.
How did you get to where you are today business-wise?
I got to were I am today after touring for Ebony Fashion Fair as a runway model and returning back to my hometown in Memphis, Tn.
There I started directing a modeling agency. I was training models through out the city. On a particular day a lady by the name of Miss Thomas brought her daughter in the agency, expressing she would like her daughter to learn runway modeling. Her concern was her daughter which is Leah Thomas had Down syndrome. So I really wasn’t for sure if I was equipped to handle something like this. I set up an orientation the following week, because I wanted to give myself time to get home to do further research. After doing my research I created a one on one class with her.
Her curriculum consist of etiquette, self-confidence, posing and working out along with affirmations. Leah became advance, and she join the group classes, that allow her walking in multiple fashion shows.
Was it easy?
This is not easy, and I don’t think it will ever get easier. The way I overcome my challenges is to always remember my why.
WHY AM I DOING THIS!
Along the way I’ve learned not to hesitate on my vision, to stay focused of each student needs, and always be ready to give more than I’m ready to receive.
A little bit about me that the world should know is, I come from a family of eight. Six girls and two boys I am child number five. I love to travel, learn new ways to improve a better version of myself. Both of my parents never stopped at what they wanted out of love and because of that I’ve learned a valuable lesson. I was taught to always keep God first in all that I do and to love people no matter what.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To start the day I would take them to The Art of Runway, because no matter what I do I always talk about what brings me joy. Then, we would go on Rodeo Drive to do a little shopping, leaving there to have lunch at The Stinking Rose restaurant.
Next, we would go down to the fashion district, because there would be so much walking done, I would suggest to go to the hotel or my place to relax and have a girl talk.
After freshing up we would head to have drinks and dinner at one of my favorite restaurants which is Barton G.
Since I’m an adventurous person we would end the night there, to prepare to go hiking to the Hollywood sign the next morning.
After hiking we can simply head back to the hotel or my place to freshing up. After that we would have lunch at Perch restaurant.
Leaving there going to Universal Studios in Hollywood.
We would drive around seeing the most expensive homes in Los Angeles.
For the dinner that night I would cook at my place, we would bring drinks at the jacuzzi and just talk about life goals.
The next morning I would cook breakfast and going to the places that they want to go.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this to my parents, sisters and brothers. They are the force behind my success.
First photo credit to Jacey Vermeersch