We had the good fortune of connecting with Phaedra Janaye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phaedra, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
A piece of advice I disagree with is the idea of “sticking to what you know”. Meaning that you’re not willing to expand your means and encourage yourself to go beyond what’s in front of you.
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.
What sets myself apart from others is my drive, versatility, and willingness to go above and beyond – outside of the box. The expectation of shooting for the biggest star and gazing for more than. To place my feet where I am today, I had to stop talking about what I wanted to do and actually start doing what I desired. So from that point I had no choice but to continue doing what I aspired. I learned that you are you are your biggest fan, you are your biggest threat; either that you’re going to encourage yourself to be and do what you’re more than capable of doing or you’re going to make excuses as to why you’re not doing. I’d want others to know, especially in my field, modeling, that any and everything is possible. You validate yourself, not the village. Allowing the village to validate you, keeps you from wearing your crown.
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?
A drive through Downtown Atlanta, doesn’t matter if it was day or night. Some great places to wine and dine, visit, etc. are Hudson Grille – my favorite meal is the chicken and waffles. They have a bar and friendly staff, the manager of this location is nice and remembers faces. For the nightlife, I can’t put my finger on one exact place but the lounges are cool, like Pyramids, on Main St. for hookah and drinks. Anatolia is pretty neat location as well, another is what Cozumel Cantina aka “The Mexican”. Other places that I’d recommend visiting is Ponca City Market, the Krog St Tunnel, and Plaza Fiesta. There’s always adventure and something to do in Atlanta.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Reggie Daniels, CEO and Photographer of Poetry Pictures Production
Reggie Daniels (Poetry Pictures Productions), Otey Studios, Impact Camera Crew