It’s Friday and this means we get to introduce a new #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY to you all! This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Tiana Brown! A lot of our YGTGirls are very familiar with Tiana’s outstanding resume, but some of you may have also had the chance to spend some time with her this past February at our YOU GOT THIS, LA! event where we had the honor of welcoming Tiana on our panel. She is such a bright spirit and she's the perfect example of a badass businesswoman who isn't afraid to be herself.
Tiana Brown has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade now and she has created such an inspiring path for herself and for others following in her footsteps. Over the years, she went from performer, to choreographer, to judge, to host and now she’s a creative director for so many major artists in the industry. This outstanding woman has worked closely with none other than Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Usher, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, and Meghan Trainor to name a few.
Tiana’s work experience is limitless. Her motto is “no job is too small or too large”, and she really lives by that. She came from a small city but she’s always had big dreams and a big heart. She quickly had to learn to stand up and speak up for what she desired all while staying humble in knowing she can learn from any and every situation that is thrown at her. She continuously has this beautiful, bubbly energy and a great approach to anything she takes on. We just love Tiana and we are so excited for you all to learn more about this incredible woman!
What is some advice that really made a difference and helped you along your path?
My mom always said to me, “if the signs aren’t green, don’t go!” I never wanted to put myself in something that didn’t feel right. If I could assess all angles of a situation and it felt right, then I’d say yes to whatever came my way. If not, I would have to pass. I think this has helped me make good decisions for myself.
How have you embraced your authentic voice in all avenues you lead?
I have a very young spirit and I like to enjoy life and usually have a good time wherever I go. So with every performance I create for, I ask myself, “will the audience have fun watching this?” and “will the artist enjoy performing this?” With that in mind I try to include that element within each project.
What do you consider the greatest challenge females face and what do you believe we can do to overcome that?
I’m a small lady, I smile a lot and I am very polite. Every time I take my career to the next level, there’s usually some executive or person of authority who doesn’t take me seriously. It becomes very frustrating, but I learn how to communicate with them and then we end up working well together. There’s always a hump to get over, but with time and understanding, we can see the project through.
Tell us about the women that inspire you and why.
There’s no mystery that my mother has been a HUGE influence in my life. We come from a small city, but she always had big city dreams. She instilled in me at a very young age to really dream and fight for things I’m passionate about. Another woman who has inspired me is Fatima Robinson. She is a woman of confidence, poise and ease. There would be times when things look like and feel like chaos and she taught me to relax instead of react. She always said to me, ’T, it will always work out,’ and without fail, she’d be right. Be easy. Take a breath. Let things fall into place.
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
A YGTGirl means encouraging each other. We live in a time full of haters, misunderstanding, miscommunication and with this phrase, you can flip the script so fast. It allows us to lift each other up and do it proudly and not behind closed doors.