We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Haney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Many people, especially the generations that came before us, believe that in order to be successful, you have to choose one identity and be the best at it. Although that may be true, I think myself and other millennials can agree that these days, not only is it dangerous to rely on one source of income but that also requires that you wear more than one hat. These days, people are more accepting of doing business with someone that they may have seen doing other things. What I like most about my new life is that I can work paid modeling jobs, as well as roll over your 401(k) plan. I don’t know about the next person, but I think that’s pretty dope :).
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
People are not used to seeing models that also have professional careers where they actually use their brain. I believe that is what separates me from the people I work with in both professions. I have about 10 years of overall experience in the financial world so when I lost my corporate job, it was only natural for me to immediately find more work in that field. I have always loved fashion and had plans to open my own store, but upon building my brand, people started asking me to model for their brands, I was even told by a boutique owner to not do that because I needed to help myself before helping others. But I did it anyway and not only was it a blessing but it opened even more doors. I landed my first paid modeling job with a well known brand and as a result, I am now signed with an Agency that pushes me to do more than model. So today, I’m able to juggle both careers. Other creative individuals are impressed when they find out I’m a whole licensed financial professional but it is a little harder to win over people that like to put individuals in categories or judge women especially if you like to take care of yourself. I guess they assume that I spend too much time on myself and not enough time on others but that is a myth I am working to change. People need to get used to seeing all kinds of people do different things. Get used to the idea that a diva/fashionista can help you come up with a sound financial strategy for your future. I get challenged a lot on my knowledge but I love it. It keeps me on my toes and I love to hear and see the look on people’s faces when I can break things down to them. What I’ve learned is that when you know your stuff, people get over the fact that you’re a girl really fast. So my advice to anyone would be to study your craft and learn it better than anyone else. That way, there is no denying you. Not everyone will want to work with you for their own personal reasons, but at least you can walk away knowing that it wasn’t because you didn’t do a good job and provide the best service.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend and I could spend a week doing whatever we want in our city, I think we would try our goal of hitting the beach and the snow in a single day first lol. That’s one of the cool things about living in Cali. Next we would definitely hit Venice Beach, go to a 5 star Spa in Beverly Hills, shop and eat dinner on Rodeo Drive, go to a nice lounge or club and then take a road trip to Vegas for a few days.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mom and Uncle Zo, Family-Thank you for assisting me with my original plans and taking photos for me. Catalena Lee, Fashion Q- Thank you for the life changing opportunity to work with your brand as an e-commerce plus size model. Sam Okhade, Afritalent Agency- Thank you for signing me to your agency and pushing me to do commercials and more… Sunset Steel, New York Life- Thank you for your mentorship and coaching. Sandra Newsom, New York Life-Thank you for your mentorship and stretching my limits.