We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Danielle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca Danielle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk are common in my life. I believe in the no risk no reward phenomena.My mom always said I was a rebel and I took it as a compliment because that meant I wasn’t afraid to go against the grain and fall in a lane on my own. I felt that comfortability was just not a place for someone like me. Living on the edge of the unknown always seemed more my speed. As a new restaurant owner of The Chill Spud in Buckhead (Opening Soon). Many raised their eye brow asking what possessed me to open a restaurant during COVID. My common response is ” Why Not”. I have already seen what being comfortable looks like and even then I got tired of failing. In that same notion I learned alot about what I was “Built” to do. I learned that even playing it safe has it’s repercussions, so why not just go for it! And for me it has paid off from me being a speaker, writing a book about my sufferings with overcoming suicide and now being an advocate for breaking stigmas, opening a restaurant and starting my first mental health motivational t-shirt line I think taking risk is my middle name.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to think of myself as a Queen of many talents and I want to use them all! I believe in being a multi-faceted woman who shows young girls that it is more than okay to be different and allow yourself to stand out. I am currently a new restaurant owner of “The Chill Spud” (Opening Soon). I also am an author of 2 books highlighting my overcoming with mental health and introducing women to lessons my mother taught me on how to be a woman, warrior and wife in millennial society. Additionally I am a speaker, founder of “Crying Voice Project” a non profit that focuses on suicide rehabilitation and anti-bullying in schools. I am proud period, of all of my accomplishments. I have defined my mantra that “Broken Crayons Still”Color”. Which I feel so many can relate too because we all have had to overcome something and though we may feel we are barely holding on we are “Still Standing” and showing up for ourselves. Nothing is ever easy if it is purposeful, so no, it has not been an easy road but it has showed me that I was “Built for This” life and everything that has happened or will happen is Necessary. I overcame challenges by giving myself credit for trying, altering my mindset on my circumstances and forgiving myself. I want the world to know that I may be one but I stand for 1 million who have lived ashamed of certain choices, feeling broken but learning I was only bent and that no matter what I am here to stand in the gaps for us all. I am a survivor of suicide and no matter what I am still here. I am here to speak for each one of us who felt silenced and that nothing anyone can do will disqualify them from their calling.
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 don’t get out much these days because of my new found venture but I love Kabob Land on Piedmont, Big Dave’s cheesesteaks, oh and Desta Ethopian kitchen! Shopping at Phipps and hanging with friends. Brunch is so fun so I would choose: Breakfast at Barneys, Barber Bistro and Copelands Places: Martin Luther King Memorial, The Battery and Enjoying a walk downtown I love sweets! I highly recommend: Sweet Stack, Haute Cookie and Say Cheesecake Company Nice Vibe: Pasha ATL, Cru and Frost Bistro.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my family, Dad ( Rev. Harold Guidry Jr. ) , Mom (Brenda Guidry), Oldest Sister (Latoya Bean), Big Sis (Breanna Guidry), Baby Brother (Harold James Guidry III), Bro in Law and Niece (David and Abrielle Bean) and Babe (Thomas Powell).
Instagram: b.daniellespeaks, crying.voice.project, the_chill_spud