We had the good fortune of connecting with Briana Reid and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Briana, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me taking risk is on the same wave as my curiosity. Always wondering what’s on the other side. As I went through college my risk taking and curiosity grew on a much larger spectrum. I discovered the purpose of my life and the happiness I could have with it. During that time of my life I spent more time thinking about the bad things that could happen and less of the great. I was afraid of the possibilities. Risk taking became mandatory once I became aware of it and the benefits behind it. I had come to realize without some sort of risk there would be no progress. The hunger to make my dreams a reality became inflamed. I decided to make the good and bad the fuel to my fire. No matter what happened, my flames were always being fed. Taking risk became a friend of mine. Only because I had the ability to create what I call life safety nets. Life is like jumping out of a plane and trying to assemble your parachute at the time. Crazy and stupid, right? A risk I was always willing to take because I have family and friends that supported every decision I made for my career. They became major sections of my life safety nets. Overcoming fear is the role risk taking played in my life/career. I’m no longer afraid of the possibilities. I’m no longer afraid of failure, I’m no longer afraid of success. Risk taking gave me the confirmation that I’m destined for greatness, that I’m a winner and will continue to have one of the biggest and brightest flames.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would refer myself as a “Jill Of All Trades”. I’ve had many jobs of different calibers in the past 5-6 years, such as a Restaurant cashier, lead sales associate, operations manager, logistics broker, parking lot attendant, teacher, pole dance fitness instructor and runway coach. I’ve worked in different industries to find what I’m good at/like and to financially support my career. I knew nothing was permanent because becoming a supermodel/actress has always been my main goal. So moving onto something new has been a hobby of mine. I was able to master each position in less than 24 months. Each positions I’ve worked has enhanced a skill in me to advance in my life and career. Working as a logistics broker was the most fun and the ultimate challenge. I dispatched tractor trailers everyday all over the country for 2 years. I learned every tractor trailer route and what each driver required. Multitasking, communication, creating work goals, working under pressure are some of the skills I developed. Being the only black woman in my position brought many obstacles. I had to prove my excellence. I had to reach the weekly money goal every week. Eventually, I’d reach the weekly goals on the daily basis. I was a force to be reckoned with. I gained the passion to be untouchable, unreachable, impossible to catch up with. I was the best and wanted to stay there. My mentality about winning and losing changed. Winning was always great and losing was always learned. Working as a pole dance fitness instructor showed me the importance of trust and strength within myself. Runway coaching maintained the self confidence I created for myself. Showed me once again that I’m a born leader, self motivated and a great strategist. Nothing comes easy! There will forever be challenges in everything you do, but how you decide to take action is where your life will change. My mission is to pave a pathway for those who have the drive for greatness, but don’t know where to start. I wants to inspire those with dreams to move in their own direction powerfully and confidently, deflecting any negative emotions that don’t belong to them, while gently and lovingly pushing through the ones that do.

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?
My best friend and I love brunch. We know all the spots with unlimited mimosas and crab cakes. The Real Milk and Honey or Escobar would be the places I would recommend if you like a classic breakfast with a bit of southern flavor. Once brunch is over we’d either go shopping in our favorite thrift stores or work out at Werk It Pole Fitness Studio. Thrift shopping and pole fitness are some of the many things we enjoy doing when we go to different cities. Plato’s Closet, Goodwill and random boutiques are a few of our favorite thrift store to shop in. We always find the most unique and one-of-a-kind things, from clothes to books to art to furniture. It’s quite exciting and has become one of our favorite things to do. Staying active and fit is also an activity we enjoy. Werk It Pole Studio is our preferred studio to stay fit because it’s close to home, has great music, fun instructors and my ultimate favorite, pole perks-$5 open pole sessions, merchandise and pole side drinks. If you and your friends are looking for fun and exciting day or night time activities, Werk It Pole Studio is the place.

Attending concerts and festivals are also our favorite things to do in the city. Music is a big part of most of our days. Music helps maintain the positive feelings we desire to keep each day. So going to see our favorite music artist live is a huge deal. We love Megan Thee Stallion, Rick Ross, Jeezy, T.I., 2 Chainz, Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Juicy J, Yo Gotti, and the list goes on. Once our ears are satisfying with the tunes of pure joy, we’d most likely be hungry again but for something sweet. My sweet tooth is always craving cheesecake, sweet potato soufflé or banana pudding. Marietta Cafe is the place that will always do your taste buds justice when it comes to the cookies, cakes and pies. Chick-fil-A Dwarf House has the best sweet potato soufflé I’ve ever had. My ultimate favorite dessert is banana pudding and my grandmother makes it THE BEST! No one has topped her recipe.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many incredible souls have dedicated their love, time, advice, money and knowledge to me in the past 10 years of my career. I’d like to first thank my parents Tasha and Scott Reid  for supporting every move I made to advance my career. Shoutout to my big sisters Tatyana and Anjelica Reid, for always being there to pick up my spirit when I’d fall flat on the pavement after taking a leap of faith. Shoutout to my amazing best friends Kaleeaha Harden and Aiyanna Hastings who showed me how to loosen up and not be so serious all the time and look at the greater picture of life. Having fun and learning myself while doing it. Making this journey unforgettable and shining brighter everyday. Shoutout to Dr. William Harrison aka Doc who helped me start my self love journey. He helped me lite my soul flame and I’ve been flourishing ever since. He always reminds me that I’m destined for greatness. I believe him now! I want to give a big shoutout to my agents Lovilla Santiago with Miles Models, Brigette Martin with Premier Models and Doug Bailey with Bailey Entertainment Group. They all gave me a chance when no one else would. For years, I constantly heard the word no when it came to modeling and acting. I knew one day someone would see how bright my light is and would feel the burning passion within me. With the help of prayer, lots of faith and a Mighty God, I now have 3 agencies that are 100% team Bree and all about love, support, diversity and opportunity. Thank you to all of you! Its only up from here! Much Love!

Instagram: Iam.breereid
Twitter: Iam.brianareid
Facebook: Bree Reid

Image Credits
Branden Green Neville Forbes Tim Pethel Christopher Brown Caitlin Tabilog

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