We had the good fortune of connecting with Mya Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mya, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I am an extremely risk-averse person, I love when everything is nicely planned out and goes according to the plan I set in my head. However, becoming an entrepreneur changed all of that. I can no longer play things safe. At this point in my life, I need to place bigger bets. Launching JN in the middle of a pandemic was a risk. Every time I drop a new collection I am taking a risk on my investment. Owning my own brand has taught me without risk, there is no reward. Even further, it has taught me to redefine what I consider to be rewarding. I am just settling into my business and I am at the beginning of my career. This means that I can take as many risks as I need to get where I want to be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My designs are my babies. Each one of them starts off as an unbelievably rough pencil sketch in my sketchbook and they come to life with a little elastic, thread, and a trip to the fabric store. We recently hit the one-year mark for 365 days of JET NOIRE. I was truly in awe of how far the brand has come, and how easily I was able to create and maintain my brand (it’s almost as if this was meant to be). Of course, there were challenges, sleepless nights, stressful photoshoots, but at the end of the day, my brand gives me an opportunity to pour into myself. I find so much happiness in being in the weeds with JN. I would not trade this outlet to express myself for anything in this world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love a view of any kind, so when my friends visit ATL we always stop into one of two places: the roof at PCM or we hike up Stone Moutain right before sunset. I love being able to step away from everything when I am spending time with people. There is nothing in this world like getting lost in the moment. Within the time and space with that person, everything else seems to blur in the background.
I love food so each experience of course needs to accompany a meal. For Stone Mountain, it is always easy to do a quick picnic. I love grabbing fresh fruit, veggies, and building out the perfect picinic.
Whenever I go to PCM, I always grab something on the roof to maximize my time enjoying the view.
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?
Shoutout to my tribe. My support system is always there to root for me, to pray for me, to encourage me. They listen to every success story, every complaint, and remind me exactly who I am on every bad day. I would not be where I am today without their unwavering love and support.
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