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

Hi Quetta, how do you think about risk?
When I think about risk, I think about the reward. I truly believe with no risk there is no reward. If you want to do something and it scares you, then you probably should go with that choice because that’s the one that is going to help you grow the most. I’d rather try and fail, then to not have tried and succeeded.

I took a risk moving to Atlanta, GA from New Jersey with everything that I owned piled in my car, no job, living on a prayer and having my faith. I have some family in Atlanta and I was blessed to have a family member open up their home to me to get on my feet. From there it was a grind working retail and doing things like Lyft and Door Dash to stay afloat. Atlanta is a place where you learn to hustle and grind and get it the best way you know how. When I relocated to Atlanta, I started making connections to help with my music career. It began to form and I have so much more work to do, to continue to elevate. When I was in New Jersey people weren’t really checking for me as far as my music. After moving to Atlanta, it was like everybody wanted to know what was going on with me. People were asking are you making music?

Essentially that is why I moved to Atlanta as well as to get into the acting scene. Moving to the place where music is booming, the film industry is at large and is the number one city for black entrepreneurs created a curiosity and an interest in what’s going on in my life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I am most proud of the fact that I took a chance. I didn’t let fear keep me from acting upon my passions. With deciding to put myself out there and go after my dreams and goals; thus far I was able to release music on all streaming platforms, start back growing my YouTube that I had pushed to the side and get casted in a couple of projects. I’m super excited for the music I have coming out this year and the opportunities I know that are out there with my name written on it.

There are challenges everyday. Whether it be fear and doubt that try to creep in, or remaining consistent with my content creation and continually sharpening my instrument which is my talents. I overcome these challenges through prayer, and having a great circle of family and friends to uplift me.

The lessons that I have learned along the way is to be your biggest fan. No one is going to take you more serious than you take yourself. Lastly to never give up. The quote from Nipsey Hussle “I just didn’t quit is the only distinguishing quality” that he contributes to his success is always in the back of my head. I will never quit. What I want the world to know about my brand is that the inspiration behind it is to inspire. I am the oldest of 5 and I do this for my family and siblings who look up to me. I love to inspire people and I feel that’s what I am here to do. I encourage everyone to go after their passions. I believe we all have passions hidden and if your unsure of your passion then just try different things, and ask God to show you and guide you. Then just do it!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is great cuisine and hang out spots here in Atlanta. I would start with a brunch spot. Atlanta has amazing brunch places like Toast on Lenox, Breakfast at Barneys and Boogalou. Some things to do during the day/ evening are The Trap Museum to get a piece of Atlanta and see it on display as well as the historical museum The King Center dedicated to one of our great civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr.

Ponce City Market has cool restaurants and shops as well as a rooftop activity game area. If you are more of a nature person you definitely need to go to Stone Mountain and do the trail. The trail is a little outside of Atlanta but it is worth the adventure and is very beautiful. There are a bunch of night life places as well to have a great time at. If you like hookah and vibes we would go to Sivas in the downtown area or Pasha in Buckhead. Some great dinner places are Storico Fresco, Osha, Fogo De Chao, Capital Grille and Lure. You will never be bored here in Atlanta.

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?
I want to shoutout my mentor and uncle Tywayne Wheatt. He is an actor here in Atlanta. You may have seen him in Shaft, Stargirl on CW, The Game and First Wives Club. Look out for him on Season 2 of P Valley as well. He has been my roadmap helping me navigate my career in the Atlanta film industry. He is my inspiration and one of my biggest supporters. I hope to make him proud.

Website: https://linktr.ee/quettaj

Instagram: www.instagram.com/therealquettaj

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/shaquetta-jordan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealquettaj

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1i4LeT2tKaC4V3ORbbpQ0w?sub_confirmation=1

Image Credits
Spencer Charles

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