Meet Our Professional Homegirl of the Week: Fena Fenelon
1. Social Handles (personal and business)
2. What do you do?
I am a Graphic/web designer and photographer. I also do some brand consulting.
3. What motivates you?
It’s so strange but what motivates or who motivates me I’ve never met before. What motivates me are the thousands of black and brown girl either suppressing their artistic gifts or don’t know they can make their gifts into a career. Growing up, being a Haitian-American, the only career options presented to me were lawyer, doctor, nurse, engineer. I actually wanted to be a lawyer and that was because of my fictional influence, Claire Huxtable. She was a mom, a career woman and she looked good doing it all. Got into Suffolk University which had an amazing law program and though my grades were great, I wasn’t feeling it. I knew in my heart that I wanted to help people; not to say that I wouldn't have been able to help as a lawyer but there needed to be more outside of the office/firm. Fast forward to 32 year-old Fena, where now I’m freely creating and helping start up businesses and teaching and doing workshops with youths on Boston on photography and graphic design. My motivation is my potential influence for this current and future generation especially in a world saturated by LHH and other shows as such….No disrespect.
4. How do you balance with your career, side hustles, and your social life?
Setting a schedule is my friend but I’m also a Pisces and we are a very go with a flow sign (I’m not big on Astrology and signs but there are some truths) and at times can get in the way of have my life being so structured but its discipline. Prioritizing is also key. Discerning when it’s a good idea to chill and hang with the crew and staying in and working on a proposal. But I will say this that I have noticed that since I started this business, I literally have to force myself out the house cause my brain is on work mode all the time. This is a start up so its is going to require me to be all up in it but going out and being social is good mentally.
5. What does Professional Homegirl mean to you?
A Professional Homegirl is a go getter. A “make **** happen” kind of girl where once her mind is set, by any means necessary, she gon’ get it and kill it. That higher position. That promotion. That business plan. BY ANY MEANS. Blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes but to the world, fierce and fly.
6.What advice would you give to young women that want to pursue their dreams?
Not to sound like Nike but “Just Do IT’ That thought. That idea. That plan…...write it down and do it. Living with the “What If’s” and the “I should/could haves” will drive you up the wall. And also that there is beauty in failure. You learn so much about yourself in your failures. Do a good cry and keep it moving baby girl. We as women are a force. We are built tough. There is NOTHING we CAN NOT do. NOTHING.