We had the good fortune of connecting with Quiana Elliott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quiana, how do you define success?
Success is continuous and not a final destination. It’s a step by step process that requires patience and confidence that you can meet the goals you have set for yourself. Sometimes you may experience challenges but you learn from it and keep going as it’s all a part of the process. As long I am creating content that other people enjoy and can learn from while continuing to follow my plan for growing my platform, I know I am successful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have a YouTube channel in which I post about beauty, caribbean culture, and travel content. Since the pandemic I’ve been focused more on beauty which includes styling hair, doing makeup, testing new products and reviewing them. I am most proud of the growth I’ve experienced since being more consistent and planning out my content, particularly in the last month. A challenge I’ve come across is time management. Having to balance working a full time job and also filming content for my channel isn’t easy. This is something I’m still working on but I find writing down my ideas and creating a schedule has been very helpful. One lesson I’ve learned is that “perfection is the enemy of progress”. Sometimes I feel like what I’ve created is not good enough and it may hold me back from sharing. I have to remind myself that perfection is not realistic and as long as I’ve put my best effort into what I’m working on, I should be proud. I want the world to know that if they have ideas that they were unsure of, don’t overthink it, just do it. Don’t let striving for perfection hold you back from what could be your calling.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta is a great place with delicious food and so many cool spots to visit. The first thing I’d want to do is brunch. We’d have to visit Atlanta Breakfast Club or Breakfast at Barney’s. For dinner, some places I’d love to try are Poor Calvin’s, the Garden Room, and Apt 4B. These places are well known for their food and ambiance. Some other nice places to check out would be the Belt Line. They have lots of cool spots and it’s nice if you’d like to get out for a walk or bike ride. Cabbagetown is also nice to stroll through for their street art. If you like to take pictures, particularly selfies, then the Selfie Museum is a great pop up exhibit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my friends. They support me and my platform in their own ways from pushing me to create in those moments when I’m unmotivated and suggesting ideas to sharing my content and engaging in the comments as if they were seeing it for the first time. I just want them all to know that they are greatly appreciated!