Happy Monday, millennials!
For the second week in a row, our Sunday evening was dominated by yet another earth-shattering moment. Last night’s BET Awards had a number of awesome highlights, but actor and activist Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award proved that while our community has come a long way, we still have a lot of work to do. Click here to read his moving remarks in their entirety.
The newest Millennial On A Mission is no stranger to the world of entertainment, and has made it her goal to help empower emerging artists and youth while building the music atmosphere in the DMV (that’s D.C., Maryland and Virginia.) Through her company and visionary endeavor, Creative Nomads, she continues to work in creating change and opportunities for those in the arts in the Mid-Atlantic, mainly Baltimore + D.C.
I’d like for you to meet Kayenecha Daugherty.
Hailing from Peoria, Illinois, Kayenecha graduated from Morgan State University, where she became heavily involved in the world of events and promotions as an intern for Hidden Beach Recordings. Upon graduation, she launched her own company, Gypsy Soul Entertainment, out of her desire to provide more substantive promotion for artists who frequently visited the Baltimore area to perform. “When I started Gypsy Soul, we were basically arranging interviews to help promote projects and meet-and-greets to connect the fans with artists,” Kayenecha says. “Today, we not only serve the needs of artists, but we also produce public events that allow fans to interact with musicians in a social setting of comfort and affordability that has been lacking.”
MOAM: What inspired you to go into the music industry? Who are some individuals you admire in and out of your field of work? What challenges have you faced in building your business/brand, and what have you learned from them?
KD: My aunt was my inspiration — showing me that I could have a fun career while creating wealth. She also inspired my love for “weird” music and those who were creating it. A few folks that I admire are Rachel Zoe and Dreka Gates — two women from very different worlds but both who have strong families and husbands that support their work and career. I admire strong women who are able to love what they do while being in love. Some challenges I’ve faced have included having men not taking me seriously because I am a woman. To combat that, I’ve learned to be confident when making requests and set standards for acceptable work when creating partnerships. Another has been finding capital to grow the business to beyond the heights of my vision. I’ve discovered creative ways to raise funding for our programs and operations that align with the mission and vision for Creative Nomads.
To Kayenecha, being a Millennial On A Mission means to be young, aware, and walking in your purpose. “I live and achieve my dreams daily by starting with the intention to serve those that fuel the passion of my purpose: the creative,” she says. “When I am able to create meaningful, empowering, and fun learning experiences that allow artists to increase the quality of their craftsmanship, then I know that I am manifesting my dreams.” Her advice to her fellow millennials? Connect to your life source daily (God, Creator, etc.) and stay in a space of gratitude. “When you are connected to that thing that is bigger than you and you are living with a thankful attitude,” she says, “it’s hard for fear to grip you because you will be able to see how the dots connect in your life.”
Kayenecha also believes that it is important to surround yourself with like-minded people who you can teach and who can teach you, for they will provide you with the support and encouragement you need to jump into your next endeavor.“If you land on your feet or on your face, that experience of the jump is more than some people will ever experience in their lifetime. Keep jumping!”