Meet Our Professional Homegirl of the Week: Danielle Gray
1. Social Handles
2. What do you do?
There are so many facets to what I do that it’s hard to sum it all up in one title. I’m a fashion and beauty expert who runs a blog and Youtube channel, a marketing and social media consultant for beauty brands, and I sometimes appear on television as an on-air beauty expert and lend my writing expertise to publications like Allure.com, Cosmo for Latinas, and ESSENCE.com.
3. What motivates you?
Women---particularly my mom and the women who have followed me for all these years I’ve been doing my blog, Youtube, and social media. I love being able to log onto Instagram and be silly self on Instagram Stories and have my followers hype me up...lol. I also love when my readers let me know how much something I’ve written or a video I’ve produced helped them not only perfect their makeup or skincare skills, but to be an inspiration to them and help them see themselves through me.
4. How do you balance with your career, side hustles, and your social life?
I recently had to put myself on a way more laid back schedule than I’m used to. Since I work for myself and I work from home, I’ve often found myself working over 10 hours a day. While it’s great to have a hearty work ethic, doing the most can wind up doing the least for your health. Now I make sure I take lunch breaks, take most weekends off, and I typically try to be “off” the clock by 6 P.M.
I talk with friends often throughout the day to take little mental breaks. I also enjoy my own company and will lounge around the house binge-watching television. One of my favorite things to do though is travel--whether by myself, for work, or with friends.
When I’m ready, I’ll start to date again soon.
5. What does Professional Homegirl mean to you?
Someone who people look up to and can get great business and career advice from, but they also relate and connect with on a personal level. It’s like you know and understand that this woman is about her business and you would NEVER waste her time asking for hookups, but you know she’ll share some gems (even if just by watching her example) that will get you on the right path.
6. What advice would you give to young women that want to pursue their dreams?
SAVE YOUR MONEY. I have that in all caps because it’s SO important. When I got to college I went ham buying clothes (I mean, I DID spend 12 years going to Catholic school and wearing a uniform) and racked up a sizable amount of debt. After graduating, that debt held me back from pursuing certain career paths---even just taking up an internship because I couldn’t afford to not have a certain salary. Being in a creative field is rewarding, but it doesn’t always come with a big paycheck. Keeping your bills low can help you navigate more freely in your career paths.