Business and Career

OUR TALK WITH RACHEL KYLIAN: ACTRESS AND MODEL

Rachel Kylian is a French actress and model. Harness wanted to know more about her career experiences, diversity in the media and sexism in the entertainment industry. Read below to learn more about Rachel! Tell me a little bit about where you are from and your childhood. Where were you born and raised, what was your life like as a kid?  I was born in Bordeaux, South of France. I am the middle child. My parents are immigrants from Africa. I grew-up bilingual and traveling the world. I see on Instagram that you travel all over – from New York to California. Where are you currently?  I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am a bi-coastal actor who loves traveling. What led you to decide to pursue acting and modeling professionally?  Passion. I love to be on stage, I started dancing at 7, theater...

23. MASTER’S STUDENT. UNEMPLOYED.

I cannot adult today. That phrase has turned into my new motto lately. I don’t know what it is but it holds so much truth in it. Maybe it’s all my responsibilities or maybe I don’t have enough things to do. Maybe it’s my lack of early 20’s success or maybe everything is just simply overrated. Everyone on social media seems to have their life figured out and know what their purpose is right out of college. (I’m not jealous or envious, I can only admire and congratulate them with sincere joy.) But, how do people do it? I have no answer for that question at all. I can tell you one thing for sure is that I am working on it. I am currently a Master’s student, trying to further my education and chances of getting a “good” job. Though, I am unemployed because I quit my old...

HOW I LAUNCHED A BUSINESS WHILE PREGNANT

Most women will tell you not to make any major changes in your life when you’re expecting. But then, I’ve never been one for convention. So, the day after I found out I was pregnant, I put in my two-weeks notice at my cushy tech job and set out to launch my own creative marketing consultancy. Not even 24 hours had passed since I saw those two pink lines on my third test (because every good entrepreneur needs at least three sources to confirm a theory) before I made one of the most life-changing decisions anyone can make. While the news of my pregnancy was met with joy and a few It’s about dang time! responses from most, my plans to start a business received some cautionary replies like Are you sure you want to do this?, What about health insurance?, What are you going to do once the baby c...

#SUPERWOMAN JOSIE SCHWEITZER | FOUNDER OF THANK YOGA TALKS TO HARNESS

Josie Schweitzer talks to us about finding her calling, letting go of her business and the transformative power of yoga In the early 2000s, Josie Schweitzer took her first yoga class in a basement in the beautiful city of Columbus, Ohio. She was intrigued, but scared because the practice was not approachable. A few years later, in her 20s, she was introduced to a more challenging practice – and that’s when the art of yoga stuck. “The fact that I could go and sweat and feel like I’ve been worked in a lot of ways, kept me coming back to it,” Schweitzer said, who is also a runner and an adrenaline junkie. Yet, she knew there was more to yoga than just the physical benefits. “Once I started practicing, it only took a few months for me to get really, really curious as to why I was feeling...

THAT TIME I MET GARY VAYNERCHUK

  Monday, July 17, 2017 was a special day. On this day, I woke up in New York City and met Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is known for his business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit. I do not see myself as an entrepreneur, but I do believe in much of what he communicates. I utilize his strategies in my work at Aboriginal Head Start. I was also raised by a mom and dad who hustled their whole lives, and passed that down to their children. This meeting meant a lot for me, even though it was difficult at first to nail down what I was hoping to achieve from the meeting. BRENE BROWN, HELP A GIRL OUT! As I was getting ready for the meeting, the nerves started to settle in, and no amount of deep breathing was helping. Feeling doubt and the inner critic creep in, I turned to a source that has helped me ...

#SUPERWOMAN AUNT FLOW | 20-YEAR-OLD FOUNDER CLAIRE CODER CHATS WITH HARNESS

Photo by The Wonder Jam Claire discusses period positivity, dropping out of college and entrepreneurism She’s only 20-years-old, but Claire Coder is changing the world – one cycle at a time. As Chief Estrogen Officer of Aunt Flow, a subscription service which mails a customized box of tampons and pads, Coder’s mission is to provide every menstruator access to menstrual products. For each box bought, another one is donated to a select organization or an individual in need. Businesses can also purchase their tampons and provide them – for free – in bathrooms. As the website reads: “Taking care of your flow, takes care of their flow.” Tampons and pads are not covered by food stamps or by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Accord...

4 TIPS ON WORKING REMOTE

Many few companies decide to go remote, and for what reason? My opinion is that the consistency of workflow can either make or break the company, which causes the hesitancy for companies to go remote. I believe that they can remain successful based off of the habits and lifestyles the team embraces. I started noticing a lot of the struggles that I went through as a designer for a company that is fully remote. Through my struggles I’ve tried to make healthy habits in adapting to the traditional “college habits” that we tend to fall into when working from home. Tip 1: Make a schedule! I know it kind of sounds stupid to schedule out everything, but it really forces you to take breaks or eat lunch. Yes, I said eat lunch. I definitely fell into the habit of working so much at times that I forgo...

THOUGHTS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Lately, I’ve realized entrepreneurship is all about final moments. It’s an attitude that permeates through everything in your life. It’s finishing when no one expects you to finish. Not because you want to prove others wrong – but because you challenge yourself to see final moments through. These final moments came to me while I was running on the treadmill. I had thirty seconds left and I had basically finished my workout. I could have stopped – thirty seconds wouldn’t have made a difference in the grand scheme of things. But I kept going despite my mind telling me it made no difference. There I found the last thirty seconds to be the most challenging. I was fighting against myself. I realized that seeing things through when you’ve mentally check ...

10 PROVEN WAYS TO MAKE MONEY OUTSIDE YOUR 9-5

In need of some extra money but don’t want to get another job? Well it happens, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t have get another job to have extra cash on hand. I have some ideas that have been proven to work and they do work, so try one or more and see which one works best for you. Keep working your 9 to 5 with the side job that you newly discovered by reading this article. RENT OUT YOUR CAR Yes, in this new era of the world we live in, you can rent out your car for extra cash. Download this app on your phone: TURO. With this app, travelers or locals can rent your car when they get into town. If you have a truck, someone can rent it for moving purposes. If you have a very expensive car, someone can rent it for fun, a night out on the town. If you have a car that is just sitting in...

#SUPERWOMAN WILD HEARTS | FOUNDERS LINDSEY & LAUREN TALK TO HARNESS

Lin & Lou discuss the difficulties of running a business, their inspiration and the meaning of “wild heart.” Meet the founders of Wild Hearts Co., – a self-proclaimed place for the dream chasers, magic makers and action takers – Lindsey Eryn Clark and Lauren Palomares (also known as Lin and Lou). Wild Hearts builds sisterhoods and supplies women with the tools to achieve their dreams. It provides “Wknds,” a weekend getaway for entrepreneurs, and “Conferences,” a two-day event including panelists, speakers and women from all over the world. The company began as Coast to Coast Central, a way for Lin and Lou to stay in touch, revamp their closets and post it on Instagram. #CoastToCoastChallenge spread globally – and the two women partnered with Go International and hoste...

#SUPERWOMAN TEENEAR | UP-AND-COMING URBAN POP SINGER TALKS TO HARNESS

Teenear discusses the biggest risk she’s taken, why she wants to be a good role model to young girls and positivity.  Women from all different walks of life contribute to Harness Magazine. On rare occasions, we come across women who are pursuing a dream that is quite extraordinary. Take Teenear, for instance: a young urban pop singer from Miami. When she was 15-years-old, her parents encouraged her to upload her cover of “Stay” by Rihanna to YouTube. Soon after, she signed on to Slip-n-Slide Records (the label worked with the likes of Rick Ross, Trina and Plies) and released singles with accompanying music videos. One of them, “Friday Night,” even featured Sage the Gemini. The song, an empowered anthem (peep the lyric: “Tonight I’m doin’ me”)  is about a girl who doesn’t need a man o...

THE IMPORTANCE OF REMAINING PROFESSIONAL IN AN “AUTHENTIC” GENERATION

I’m a firm believer in openly sharing my journey in hopes of inspiring and helping others. So, I’m not afraid to tell you that in my first year in business, I made a whopping $1,000. But, I’m also proud to say that three years later, I was grossing six figures and enjoying the perks of being named one of Atlanta’s top wedding planners, among veterans in the industry. It was a wild ride that left me with a fierce passion to share what I learned with other women, thus launching in 13+ cities (some successes, some failures), a wedding planner course program and a list a mile long of ways to generate sales for a small business. Whew! It’s a miracle I survived, seriously, but I’m thankful for the journey and all that I’ve learned through it. I get a lot of questions abou...

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