We had the good fortune of connecting with NeCola Grace and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi NeCola, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor of the success of my brand has been showing up as my genuine self. I am a self proclaimed awkward black girl and that works for me. No need to pretend to be something that I’m not.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a content creator and co owner of a small business.

My content is geared toward beauty, cosplay and lifestyle with a dash of comedy. I took a chance with becoming a social media “influencer” and it was honestly one of the best decisions that I’ve made. The journey has it’s ups and downs. Challenges that go along with being an influencer is trying not to compare your journey to anyone else and coming to the realization that like counts doesn’t equal success.

As far as the small business aspect, my husband and I decided to start a tshirt business, Ethnic Beginnings, at the height of the pandemic. It focuses on being confident as a person of color with witty, convo starting tees.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As far as food, I’d definitely take them to Louisiana Purchase. The food, drinks, and atmosphere are such a vibe to me.  SeaWorld and the Zoo because, why not. 

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?
My mom and dad for doing a great job raising me. My sister for being so supportive of everything that I do. Last but certainly not least, my husband and kids.

Shameless plug, shop ethnicbeginnings.com for custom woodwork and apparel.

Website: Ethnicbeginnings.com

Instagram: @_necola.grace_

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