Like many of you, I, too, was born at a very young age. I was raised in New Hampshire, with several stints in Dallas, TX. Throughout my early years I was on swim team, a cheerleader, maintained honor roll, and sung in show choir at school. I had dreams of being a pediatrician, a TV producer or a consultant.
I originally went to Howard University where I studied Radio, TV and Film. After two years at Howard, I decided to transfer to Baylor University and graduated with a degree in Film and Digital Media.
After graduating I moved to Atlanta, GA with hopes of breaking into the TV industry to make use of my degree. For the first couple of months I had no luck finding a stable job and kept up with my expenses by modeling.
After working for WXIA 11 Alive for six months, I moved to Gannett’s corporate headquarters in the Washington, DC area and worked in strategic sourcing (finance). After a year in this position I was contacted by my dream company, Google, for a job in HR. After a long interview process, I was offered a job to work at Google‘s corporate headquarters and began employment at the tech giant on my 26th birthday.
I’ve always been a very goal-oriented and and a bit of a visionary. I decided to lay out some short term goals for myself while I was in a transitional phase shortly after moving to Atlanta, GA. I didn’t have a stable job, had just begun paying on the massive debt I accumulated throughout college ($70,111 total), and couldn’t, for the life of me, see the light at the end of the tunnel. I realized I had nothing to shoot for; no reason to jump out of bed in the morning and be excited about. I knew I had a purpose in life, and although I didn’t know exactly what it was, I was sure I wasn’t getting any closer to figuring it out.
So I decided the first thing I could do to really help my situation was to pay off all the debt I owed. I’d dealt with some pretty heavy stuff in the past (eviction, homelessness, etc.) that opened my eyes to the importance of financial security, and I wanted a taste of that financially fit life!
I also began thinking about what would change in my life after I got a stable job I liked. I had no extravagant long term career plans that involved living out my passions or building on my strengths. It was then I started to think about ting my hand at entrepreneurship and how I was going to leave a legacy.
At the same time, because I was modeling in Atlanta, GA with no stable job opportunities in sight, I took on modeling jobs that required minor changes to my appearance, such as cutting and dying my hair. In February 2009 I shaved my head and maintained really healthy, long hair. After only a couple weeks of modeling in Atlanta, my hair was destroyed (at least by my standards) from the excessive dying and cutting. My hair was noticeably damaged and I began to regret my decision to let people alter it for a paycheck. It was at this point that I decided to grow out my hair, in healthiest ways possible.
At this point I’m living a pretty average life; having made my goals a priority, 3G3Y is my creative outlet for everything that is Samantha. Stay Inspired!