We had the good fortune of connecting with Naomi Grace Speaks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Naomi Grace, why did you pursue a creative career?
I looked up to creative people, the ones who started their own businesses, the ones who could draw, curate, dance, design and the ones who had artistic talents. I sought the freedom they unknowingly flaunted. I longed to be that way. I love to surround myself with creative people, yet I never knew how my own creativity was going to reveal itself. Upon reflection, it was always there–my obsession with photography, editing, writing, painting and drawing are all good examples. My work in Naomi’s Social World is a result of me making space in my life for creativity, and then giving myself permission to take my passion seriously.
It’s important to give thought to where creativity sits on your list of priorities, and I believe it should be at the top. We need creativity, because I think we were born to be creative– it feeds our soul. There’s a reason coloring books for adults have come into fashion. It doesn’t have to be painting–it can be photography, learning mechanics, building something, writing, gardening, cooking or anything else you enjoy!
What should our readers know about your business?
Social media is a grueling, addictive, transformative, advancing part of our world that never sleeps. It also is a universal outlet for ways to express yourself, your ideas, thoughts, designs, visions and passion so we can share and celebrate one another, no matter where we are or where we’re from.
I’m an advocate for the latter. Social media doesn’t have to be the downfall of our society, but rather an opportunity for us to share our personal stories, business, art, styles and perception of life. In a world where we can be so easily torn down, why not use the platforms created to build one another up?
Longing for a world where people can gain insight, encouragement, knowledge and passion from social media channels, just as I have, I put my talent to the test and created my own social world for clients that seek to share their passions under the same ideals. In a nutshell, I work on a sincere level with my clients to ensure that their passion and love for what they want to share with the world is translated and amplified to relevant audiences across social platforms.
With my clients, I strive to make the world a more fun, creative and most importantly, understanding place for people to learn, share authenticity, engage with others and grow!
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?
Having just moved to Atlanta roughly 3 months ago, I can say there are so many places I still need and want to visit. Atlanta is a city that makes you forget you’re even in the south at all sometimes! I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama and have a flare for the action, diversity, art and pace of a city. Atlanta has served well to meet all my needs for my growing business, food obsession and love for making new connections, both business and personal!
My favorite mentionables in the city so far include: the drool-worthy authentic Italian eatery, Sotto Sotto, located in Inman Park; an outgoing brewery known for its mentionable draft beers and atmosphere, New Realm; the notorious Ponce City Market and a few delightful local bodegas such as Savi Provisions and Brooklyn Bagel Bakery & Deli. I also can’t leave out my love for green areas such as Piedmont Park and the must-have place to eat my all-time favorite brunch is Java Jive.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many factors that led me to where I am today, as anyone could say about their life and career. However, I will give a shoutout to some of the most influential people in my life that brought me here.
First, shoutout to my creative friend of 3 years and significant other for 2 of those years, Mike Bush. While he may not know a lot about the social media industry, he still remains a top influencer for his go-getter mindset, ability to push forward and eye for unique opportunities. I also credit him for my positive thought process in times of a lot of self-doubt. There is so much more I could say about him because after all, he is someone I love, but most importantly he is someone I constantly look up to and admire for his creative mind, work ethic and loving heart.
Next, from my home state college Auburn University, Anna Weinstein. She was my screenwriting professor in my senior year. I’m sure most everyone dedicates their work to one of their mentors, professors or bosses after you reach a certain level of “I’ve made it”. She is one for me. Her relentless effort to never give up on her students and constantly handing every student the same chance to thrive taught me at a very clear level that anyone can be creative. Every single person has a story to tell and no matter what it is, it is art in its own way.
I honestly could go on and on about my close friends, family, coworkers and therapists even that all mean so much to me. So much so in fact, I say I would not be here today without all of their support, kind words, laughter and advice they have given me. I will continue to look to them for their wise words, support and love.
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