Benitathornhillonline.blog “Meet the Facilitator” series allows you to get to know each facilitator’s background, experiences, passions, values, and philosophies. In this series, I put each facilitator in the spotlight to find out why and how they slay!
Briana LaFrazier is a Spoken Word Artist who resides in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Her passion for poetry was kindled in elementary school, although it would take her many years to speak her poetry publically.Briana uses her poerty to help her heal from the traumatic experiences she has endured in her life. She hopes the her poetry can be a vehicle to help others find wholeness, self-love, and the belief that anything is possible.
Q: WHAT 3 TRAITS DEFINE YOU AS A PROFESSIONAL?
A: Open-minded. Creative. Persistent.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY?
A: Define the enemy within and the enemy on the outside can do no harm.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?
A: Honestly, I do not think I have reached my greatest potential. Speaking out about my experiences, the hardships I have faced, and sharing my poetry publically is an accomplishments that I cherish. Sometimes, the day itself feels like an accomplishment, just getting through it or the responsibilities of being a single mother, however I do not measure my accomplishments to be any greater than another.
Q: HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
A: My outlook on success is not necessarily determined by anything materialistic. I believe that all things come and go and that includes wealth. However, Spiritual wealth, finding peace within and being happy with whom you are, in my mind is the greatest form of success we can obtain.
Q: WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION COME FROM?
A: I have always loved poetry because I feel it has given me a voice in times that I felt like I didn’t have one. I pour all of my emotions and feelings into my work and the love I have for it, to encourage my son’s to chase their passions as they get older.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR YOUR BUSINESS 5 YEARS FROM NOW?
A: My vision is simply that I just be better than I am right now and continue to grow. I do have several goals I will complete within the next five years. Some of those goals are becoming a published author. I will be speaking at several events to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence. I also plan to start hosting my own events to increase awareness of these issues. The biggest thing I am working on, that I plan on completing, is launching a website for awareness of these topics that will have links to interviews with survivors.
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A: My inspiration comes from the circle of people around me. First and foremost my children and my mother. Getting out to participate in more poetry events and speaking engagements has allowed me to befriend other artist who are local or on the east coast and they are very inspiring. I’ve always been inspired by work from some of my favorite poets like Langston Hughes, Sunni Patterson, Tupac Shakur, Common, Nikki Giovanni, and Lauryn Hill, and the list could go on and on.
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS?
A: I started writing in 5th grade. I used to get bullied, so I felt somewhat like an outcast. Instead of eating in the cafeteria during my lunch block, I would hang out in my English teacher’s classroom. She gave me book after book that I would fly through, she ended up giving me my first book of poetry, after that I started writing and didn’t stop. I just started sharing spoken work in January of 2016.
Q: WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR WORK DO YOU FIND MOST SATISFYING?
A: The aspect of my work that I find most satisfying is relating to and connecting with others. The relationships I have built as an artist has allowed me to grow so much. I have met both men and women who have been through the same experiences as I have in life, we all have similar passions and I feel that we collectively heal together.
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO WOMEN WHO ARE ENTREPRENEURS OR THINKING ABOUT BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
A: Most days, I’m still figuring myself out and learning new ways to love me. So, my advice is to just be yourself, find what you love and do it. Never stop chasing your drams or your hearts desires. Most importantly, never stop loving yourself in the process.If you do fall out of love with yourself, because realistically sometimes we do, pick yourself back up and love yourself some more. We are the biggest obstacles in our own way.
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR BRAND AND NAME TO BY SYNONYMOUS WITH?
A: If my name could be synonymous with anything it would have to be love.
Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT WOMEN WHO ATTEND YOUR SESSION TO LEAVE THE CONFERENCE KNOWING?
A: I want them to believe that anything is possible.
AFTER INTERVIEWING BRIANA THE “THE SPOKEN WORD ARTIST” I WALKED AWAY WITH 3 VERY IMPORTANT REALIZATIONS:
Takeaway #1: It doesn’t matter how successful I am materialistically, if I am not at peace within myself, loving who I am and have a guiding force in my life.
Takeaway #2: Being authentically me means loving all parts of myself unconditionally.
Takeaway #3: If I believe; ANYTHING is POSSIBLE!