We had the good fortune of connecting with Syreeta Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Syreeta, why did you pursue a creative career?
My creativity and artistry are essential to my well-being. I have known since I was a child that I wanted to serve. My confusion was determining how. While pursuing my degree in psychology, I discovered life coaching. The dance part of my career was determined the moment I walked into a dance studio as a pre-teen. I remember having tears in my eyes because I felt like I finally belonged somewhere. Dance was healing for me as a child because of my home life. And now it’s an extension of everything I do. Healing through movement is a significant part of my coaching business. I have dance classes that match my coaching specialties-aging, intimacy, freedom of movement, and healing. I also teach dancing when I travel for book signings and for my non-profit work. Most of the time it’s by donation and proceeds go to my non-profit.
I started a non-profit and a publishing company during COVID. These are the newest ventures, but they flow neatly into what I am already pursuing.
I pursue all of my eclectic creative careers because they are my superpowers and purpose-exactly what God intended for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Dancer, Coach, Aging & End of Life Doula, and NP Finder.
What sets me apart is not following the norm of having a “niche”. I believe that if you have many superpowers, you should use them. I am passionate about people, purpose, and serving. I am able to connect the dots so that my creativity flows neatly into my professional life.
I have several coaching specialties-relationship/sex & intimacy/dating, ADHD management, college and career, and creativity. Last is my Aging and End of Life Doula work. I started working with the elderly as a child and later as a Regional Supervisor for social services for seniors in affordable housing communities, seniors who were chronically homeless, and people with Alzheimer/Dementia. Supporting someone as they age and/or plan their transition is a beautiful gift. I am passionate about our full life span experiences.
My Doula work is the most private of my work because of what it entails.
Some of my challenges as an artist are balancing having ADHD, financial freedom, and stability. Because I want to live full-time in my art, I have always worked full-time to support my artistry. I have several specialties in my coaching career, so I am never bored. My writing became an extension of my coaching. I have now self-published three books-two adult genres and one children’s book with my husband, Segun Lawal.
My dancing allows me to release positive and negative energy and to put my emotions and thoughts into movement. As a child, my struggle with undiagnosed ADHD delayed me from living my best life for years. I continue to struggle with balancing my ADHD and creativity. But now that I understand myself better, I self-regulate and monitor myself. When managed and balanced, my ADHD and creativity produce beautiful work. My first book, Burn Thursday, was written because I was disciplined and balanced. This year, I am focused on creating visual and performing art content for my books.
My biggest lesson was when I decided to show up for myself for 365 days. For 365 days I was intentional in my self-care, my writing, dancing/yoga practice, and personal relationships. Also, for 365 days I did not offer free professional services. I had to learn that it was ok to charge for my services. I have educated myself and earned degrees, certifications, and training to provide the best support for my clients.
This year I am working closely with my daughter, Victoria, on setting up book tours, coaching workshops, healing dance movement classes, and overall business structures. We are excited to build our individual and collective business goals!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to 626 Night Market if it was summertime. It is a unique mix of people and food. The best part is going with friends and everyone ordering different foods and having your own buffet.
Shopping in Chinatown, then Eating at Sam Woos on Broadway. Hands down the best Chinese food in LA. Walking around and going into the many shops and medicinal herbal stores. We would visit The Last Book Store.
Beaches-Seaward Village and Leo Carrillo. Both are laid-back but beautiful representations of Cali beaches. I might have Adore Outdoors create a beautiful outdoor get-together. I would have everyone bring something meaningful, that represents their experience with COVID from the last two years. We would bonfire and make one big time capsule.
Palm Springs (PS) has a special energy. It’s a little out of the city, but well worth the drive. The people are friendly, and it has so many eclectic thrift stores, boutiques, restaurants, and casinos. PS is a must-visit for an artist or creative.
My professional adventures are extraverted. But I am a total ambivert so I would host the ultimate family and friend game night and have a few low-key days.
I would end the week taking my friends to visit my church, Hope’s House (HH) in Granada Hills. HH is the most uplifting way to begin or end a week!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shout out is dedicated to my support team and my mama. She died this past November. My mama was my first love and the person who introduced me to God, My spirituality is the nucleus of everything I do. I have the most supportive children, husband, best friends, sister Sherry, and my Pastors at Hopes House. I would never be able to get through the trials of this life without their abundant love and support! I am blessed
Dan Benson Victoria Roberson Lamont Roberson II Porsche Jones Isreal Lawal