We had the good fortune of connecting with Randall Porter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Randall, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
The thing that keep me going is knowing my purpose and who I am. Giving up isn’t an option. We need to learn that we can pivot and we all take different courses but Never Give up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For 7 years, I have spent most of my professional career catering to someone else’s dream or goals. All of my former employers taught me so much and I wouldn’t trade my experiences, respectively. BUT Like most creative jobs in start-up world, I wasn’t getting paid enough nor did I know my worth. As 2020 was about to hit us with what it did, It all changed for me. Going on my own wasn’t an easy decision but I am proof it is a very rewarding when you just keep striving. NOW, what do I do? It is kind of hard to explain but I create events and support local artists and businesses through my platform and network base. Sometimes a marketer, brand strategist and or event planner. My goal is to bring people together and expose them to unique places and experiences in Birmingham. If I had to put a title on it would be Cultural Curator. At the center of it all is Fashion. I am huge advocate of how your personal style carries more power than people realize. And, I showcase that through my instagram and blog. The blog started as a way for me to showcase style and my love for my city Birmingham bringing together the most interesting brands and artists from far and wide and has since shifted to the most interesting experiences for consumers online too! The best lesson I have learned is that it is so easy to stay a victim of whatever hinders you from success or being free. I don’t know who needs to hear this.. You don’t have to stay there. I decided to not be paralyzed by the challenges of life, my life. Instead know they will come, love to overcome & thrive. I choose that. I am a VICTOR, a very stylish one too.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So if you know me, you know I LOVE Birmingham so here it goes. Favorite Bars To Stop by: The Atomic Bar & Lounge ( They do have “Randall Porter” cocktail on the menu). The owners are fans of mid-century modern design and full body costumes they decided to marry the two ideas to their love of craft cocktails and dive bars. The result is The Atomic Lounge. It’s a labor of love they hope you’ll enjoy. Queens Park, Neon Moon, Avine Bham, Louis Bar ( I love the Pizitz Food Hall for a good time) and Paper Doll ( when I want an elegant atmosphere). If you need a good roof top bar, The Roof at the Redmont Hotel is always a good one. Then we would of course have to get dinner. Birmingham is a foodie city… The Essential, Bamboo, East-West, Helen, Bottega, Cayo Coco (also have unique drinks), El barrio and Saw’s BBQ. OMG – so many options to choose from. If you need a good workout after eating all the things, Battle Republic is a HIIT Group Class boxing and kettlebells or go see my boy, Jake at Fit Facility Bham for little kick in the ass and get you into shape. Other things to do are: Visit the Vulcan (World’s Largest Cast Iron Statue) for a good hike , Birmingham of Museum of Art, The Barons, listen you can drive around downtown Birmingham and you will get some of everything to beautiful murals and Parks like railroad and or head out to Sloss Docks for breweries or crossover to Avondale.
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?
There are a lot people who deserve credit. From my 1st Cousin, Bria and My Aunt, Anita to 2 of my college professor, Dr. Sally Bennett Hardig and Dr. Sherry Ford for allowing me to be myself and meet where I was a student. A lot great women! Truly though, from people I’ve worked with and friends past and or present and the Birmingham, AL community shaped me into who I am.
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