We had the good fortune of connecting with Shae Rowe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shae, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I believe that the most important factor behind my success has been putting myself out there, and challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone and push myself creatively. When I first began thinking about creating my own blog and becoming an influencer, I was incredibly intimidated and scared to show my ideas to the world. Although I was very worried about other judging me, I was my biggest critic. When I finally got out of my own head, and made the decision create and post content that showed my creativity in fashion, I found myself discovering other interests and other ways I could express myself creatively. I stared exploring my ability to style my hair, creating my own full-set acrylic nail looks, and expanding my ability to do makeup. Now I feel confident in my talent and ability to execute my ideas. Fully showing myself and my creativity to the world, and allowing myself to be open to new ideas has definitely helped my brand grow and made me a more successful person.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
While I do work as a content creator and blogger, I also have a full time job as an Assistant Manger/Certified buyer at a buy and sell store. What I love most about my job is that is very much aligned with my career outside of work. It is my job to stay on top of fashion trends, learn about different brands, and create looks for store merchandising and online content. My job has helped me grow as a content creator and I am thankful that I can work in a career that aligns with my overall goals. While growing in my position and learning the ins and outs of my company and industry has had its challenges, it has been very rewarding and worth the effort. I have learned that I am capable of a lot more than I originally thought, and I find myself wanting to stretch my capability everyday. I am learning that taking a chance is necessary in life and in business and I trust myself more than I did in the past. When people see my content and my brand, I want them to know that I am all about taking the things that challenge me and putting it into my work. When people see my work I want them to know that I am someone who simply took a chance on themselves and continues to do so everyday. I want people to be inspired to take chances in their own lives and know that being your best self is enough.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting the area I would definitely have to take them museum hopping. We’d definitely hit LACMA, the Getty Villa, the Norton Simon museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. For food we would have to go to Chef Marilyn’s, Dulans, Canters, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, Philips BBQ, Ocado, and Jerry’s Deli. We would definitely have to go thrifting at 2nd Street USA and other thrift stores since that’s one of my favorite things to do. For drinks we would head to Mr. Furleys, Ramen Izakaya, Backstage, and The One Up. I would also take them to Santee Alley and World on Wheels because they are very important landmarks to me, and places that I ALWAYS went to growing up in LA. Lastly, we would have to hit up at least one Theme Park. I love Knott’s Berry Farm and I love taking people there for the first time. There are so many amazing place to see here in Los Angeles, but these places are where I would start :)!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am if I did not have amazing friends and family supporting me and keeping me encouraged. My best friends Jesus Villegas and Brian Merino were the main people cheering me on and telling me that I could be successful in anything I chose to do. Whether I needed them to help me shoot looks, repost my content, or just listen to me vent about the challenges I’ve faced, they’ve always been there for me. My God-Sister Alexzandrea Allen was one of the first people who gave me a job as an influencer and has always been a source of positivity in my life. I have learned so much from her as a business woman and as a person. Last (BUT NEVER LEAST) is my amazing God-Mother Charmaine Richards. She has given me unconditional love and support in a way I never thought possible. Her love and support has given me the confidence to be my genuine self and to go for my goals no matter what. I would not be who I am without these people, and I will forever be grateful for all they’ve given and taught me!