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

Hi Kennedi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I quit my well-paying, very comfortable job to be completely self-employed, relocated to a state I never lived in before, and got my first place that I wasn’t able to see until move-in day, all because I believe betting on myself is worth the risk. Risk-taking is what separates those who dream about the life they want, and those who actually live the life they want. In my opinion, calculated risks are the only way grow. Every decision I’ve made leading up to me becoming a full-time entrepreneur was a gamble, because although I had faith I was headed in the right direction, I still didn’t know what the exact outcome of my choices would be. To many, being in an uncomfortable position of not knowing if a choice will pay off, is enough to scare them to not even start. To me, I lean into being in uncomfortable, faith-driven situations, because regardless of the outcome, I know will learn something new. Looking back, I do not regret any of the risky decisions I made, because they have led me to being happier than I’ve ever been before, and living the life I deserve.

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.
Am I a videographer? Editor? Youtuber? Hairstylist? CEO? Being an entrepreneur has now made it difficult to categorize my profession, because I simply just do what I enjoy. So, lets just say I am all of the above, and categorize it as being a Creative. What’s funny to me, is that I never had any intention or thoughts on being any of the stated professions growing up. They all happened over the years I was in college, as I began to really find myself and what I really enjoyed doing. I realized, I enjoy doing things that feed into my creativity while simultaneously helping put a smile on someone else’s face. I wouldn’t say the journey was easy, but it all came naturally. I started out just doing my hair in college, which led to doing all my friends hair, which snowballed into anyone who wants their hair done. I started YouTube just as a fun creative outlet. That led to becoming a monthly income, many brand opportunities, helping people through tough situations through the stories I told, and it showed me how much I love videography and editing. I love hair extensions. This led to me deciding to start my own hair company. I basically began monetizing all of my talents year by year, which is how I am able to live off of them now. The biggest lesson I learned is consistency. You can’t just plant the seed and sit there and watch it grow. You have to tend to it consistently to get the best and most healthy outcome. The more consistent I became, the more opportunities started falling in my lap. Once I understood that all I can do is really all I can do, and I have to have faith in the rest, life has started going much more smoothly and stress-free. Not only did I choose this self-employed lifestyle because I wanted complete control of my life, but also to encourage those that are nervous to take the leap of faith, to stop thinking and dreaming about it, and just do it.

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 just moved to Atlanta a month ago, so I am still getting familiar with the area. However, if my bestfriend was in town, I would take her to a few of the lounges in Atlanta, because the food is delicious! Fin & Feathers, Eden, and Atlantis have been my top 3 lounges in terms of food and hookah. I’m more of an adventure person, so we would also go river tubing, hiking, to a botanical garden, and a few museums.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A special shoutout to my amazing family and friends for their continued support and encouraging words. Knowing the people around me support my dream and help out in any way they can, gives me the extra push to keep striding. They have always seen my vision of the future I wanted, and continue to motivate me to keep going. Although I live in a different state than all of my family and friends, their love and support is so powerful, I never feel alone.

Website: www.auvisuals.myportfolio.com, www.auextensions.com

Instagram: kennn__

Youtube: Kaycee TV

Image Credits
Photographer Kris Lopez took the picture of me in the Brawl Off Broadway shirt, and the wide view of me recording in the warehouse.

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