This is the very first feature on DrivenCitizens and I am proud to introduce Jenell as my first feature. She is an entrepreneur and the founder and editor in chief of Kinky Curly Coily Me! Jenell is the definition of a Driven Citizen – ambitious, driven, motivated and inspiring. I hope that the feature can inspire someone out there. Enjoy and stay tuned for more features.
DrivenCitizen: Tell us where you are from and about your educational background
Jenell: I am from Staten Island, NY. I actually grew up in Rhode Island, went to University of Rhode Island and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Philosophy and a minor in African Studies. I also have a Master’s in Education from Brooklyn College in NY.
DrivenCitizen: What do you currently do for a living?
Jenell: I am the Editor in Chief of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe
DrivenCitizen: Great! Now most people know you from Youtube as you have a channel there. Did the channel come first or did you start with KinkyCurlyCoilyMe?
Jenell: I started KCCM first. I had just [big chopped] and needed an outlet to express my excitement about natural hair. It started as a personal blog where I would be able to track the progress of my hair. Eventually, people started asking me for tips on hair growth, styling and about different products I was using. I figured that it would be more convenient and easier for me to make videos and show how I care for my hair.
DrivenCitizen: and now KCCM is more than just a blog?
Jenell: Yes! About 8months ago I launched it as an online magazine. It is not just about natural hair rather a lifestyle magazine. It is a resource for other women and I have introduced other topics such as health, beauty and fashion.
DrivenCitizen: In addition to KCCM, you are also a personal shopper and a hair consultant. Tell us more of what those entail
Jenell: Well after posting Youtube videos, I started to get a lot of questions from my viewers and readers about the different products I would use and/or review. Questions such as “Where can I get that product from?” and it was mostly people overseas. I decided to start offering a service where individuals could let me know which products they would like and I in turn ship them out on their behalf. It is mostly because either the product is only found in the US or a situation where there is not international shipping
DrivenCitizen: Nice! And about hair consulting?
Jenell: It also started with questions from others. I would receive long emails from my viewers and readers about hair care. I would spend so much time writing long responses then I realized that one on one attention is more important. So I started to offer consulting sessions via skype, over the phone or even in person.
DrivenCitizen: Wow, that’s really good. Now how do you manage your time with all these ventures/projects and your personal life, especially with a 9month old baby?
Jenell: I work from home so that gives me time to spend with my son and I can multitask very well. I usually wake up at 7am to do work. I prioritize my tasks based on what needs to be done. When it comes to Youtube, I try to make 2 videos at a time to try and double up. With events, I usually know ahead of time when they are scheduled and that allows me to prepare beforehand.
DrivenCitizen: Sounds like your hands are usually full. What motivates you?
Jenell: Honestly my son. Also I am religious. I was raised in a church and I believe that God’s got my back! I am a go getter and I don’t take no for an answer. Being successful is also another thing that motivated me. I am Blessed!
DrivenCitizen: Yes you truly are blessed. What advice can you give to anyone trying to reach his/her goal and dreams?
Jenell: Pray for what you want, be specific about it and don’t be afraid! Have faith in yourself, make it happen and do whatever it takes to be successful!
DrivenCitizen: And to finish up, what is one fun fact about you?
Jenell: I am a blast! [laugh] I can wiggle my ears and can only snap my fingers with my left hand.
DrivenCitizen: Jenell, it was great speaking with you and I wish you well!
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