We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Goodwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve been expressing myself in creative ways since I was young. From making crafts to writing poetry, being creative always felt natural to me. As I got older, I realized that the gravitational pull I felt towards creativity was innate and part of my identity. Pursuing a creative career always felt like it was in the cards for me. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. When I moved to NYC in 2018, I felt unclear about what I wanted to do in my life. After some challenges and triumphs, I noticed how drawn I was to music and mental health. I put the two together after a period when I was struggling to make music. I noticed that my mental health influences how creative I am. When I prioritized wellness and self care in my life, lyrics came easily to me and I was less afraid to try new things. It’s exciting because there is so much more in store for me and my ideas. Overall, being creative makes me feel limitless.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create digital content and music via my blog and social media. I love to create inspiring posts, make music playlists, and share my life living in NYC. I am most proud of building my website: (mindbeautymusic.com). Which centers around mental health, beauty tips, and music. It was a labor of love and I spent many hours on YouTube trying to figure out how to build a website from scratch. I am very excited for my blog to continue to grow and build a strong community that enjoys what I create. The journey of being a content creator is not a cake walk, however I am very passionate about the work I do so I make sure to be patient with my career growth. One of the main challenges I encountered in my journey was self doubt and comparing my journey to others. I did not see very many black women in the wellness/beauty space so it was a bit discouraging at first to see where I could fit in. I realized that my mission is to be a representation within those spaces and inspire my community.
I also think it’s important to learn that your creative journey will be different from others. You can look up to those people for inspiration, but don’t let it get you down if they have more success than you. It’s like the metaphor of a small tree growing in the ground. From the top soil it looks small, but when you dig underneath there are tons of roots coming from that small tree. So your success will come in the time that it’s meant to, just be patient and water your tree.
I’d like the world to know that being creative is all about taking a leap of faith. I am my witness when I say I used to be so shy growing up, but now I’m making music and expressing my true self. I’m here to tell you to create that project you’ve been sitting on or have doubts about because there is space for everyone in creative fields.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Firstly, we’d have to take a walk around Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Central Park is a no brainer, but Prospect Park is a hidden gem and very beautiful. After our walk, we’d hop on the train and head over to MudSpot in Manhattan. They have an amazing french toast dish and their chai lattes are super good. After we’re nice and full from brunch we’ll head over to The Met Museum. It’s my favorite museum in NYC, plus it’s huge so there is a ton of art to see. For lunch, we’d head back over to Brooklyn and go to Vanessa’s Dumplings. It’s a popular spot in Williamsburg and has some of the best dumplings in NYC.
For happy hour drinks, we’d already be in Williamsburg so we can head over to Westlight Rooftop Bar. They have a beautiful view of Manhattan and their drinks are delicious. Also, this wouldn’t be an NYC trip without pizza so after drinks we’ll head over to a $1 pizza spot. Despite the price, the dollar pizza spots are arguably the best pizza in the city. Lastly, we gotta work off all that food so we’ll head over to Lot 45 Club/Bar in Brooklyn and dance to some R&B music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my mother. She passed away in 2009 and she is the reason why I care so much about people and creativity. My mother was a people-person and very spiritual. I still have some of her books on natural remedies to heal the body. She was also worldly and intuitive. My mother encouraged me to be creative and I feel in some ways that pursuing my career is paying homage to her.
I’d also like to dedicate this shoutout to Elaine Welteroth (former Editor-In-Chief of Teen Vogue). Her book More Than Enough is a gem and has inspired me to keep believing in my worth and my creative dreams. She’s a rockstar and an important voice for our generation.
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