We are so excited for you to get to know our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week, Brittany Parks! Brittany was raised in Austin Texas where she began dancing at a young age. While it started as a young childhood activity, she soon realized dance was that one thing that truly fulfilled her life. Performing was as natural as walking down the street, and it was something that she always gave her all to. You simply cannot deny this woman’s presence when she walks into a room. Her confidence speaks volumes and we just love how her strong sense of self has been the secret ingredient to all of her success.

Brittany’s sought after talent has landed her roles on T.V., in film and on stages with some of the music industry’s most esteemed artists. She was a dancer and Assistant Choreographer on the television show Glee and for the film Annie in 2013, she was the Associate Choreographer for A Christmas Story Live and has had the privilege to dance on Broadway in a show called Shuffle Along! You can also catch this girl dancing her heart out in films such as La La Land and Teen Beach Movie 2. Not to mention, this incredible woman has danced for artists such as Beyoncé! We know this is just the beginning for Brittany and we can’t wait to see what she does next.

Brittany recognizes that the way we see ourselves is powerful and we can only expect change to manifest when we start to use our greatest tool… our mindsets! Once we realize that we hold the key to a different tomorrow, real progress can be made. Brittany is the woman she is today because she has never let any of her “failures” define her. She sees the glass half full no matter what and she reminds herself that she is the one who is in control of her life. Brittany is proof that achieving your dreams ultimately comes from unrelenting self-belief and a lot of hard work. Thank you Brittany for reminding us that we should give back to the world by fearlessly showing it who we are!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What challenges have you encountered as a woman in a leadership role?

I myself have never encountered a challenge in a leadership role because I have never allowed anyone to affect or deter me from what needs to be done. I come into the situation strong and with my chin off my chest, to let them know that it’s not just about a woman being in charge, it’s ME, Brittany Parks that’s in charge!

Why do you think female empowerment is important? What do you think women have to offer the world?

I think that female empowerment is important because somewhere down the line, we as woman got told that we are less than a man and started to believe it. Oh you’re a woman? Go clean the kitchen. Or you’re a woman? Make sure dinner is on the table promptly at 7. All the while, men are fully capable of doing all of the above because men have two hands just like us and women and men are EQUAL. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a woman and being able to take care of a man, there’s nothing wrong with that! But it’s the mindset we have to have as women when we go into these situations to keep us powerful in our own hearts and minds.

Women have a tenderness that needs to be touched by the world, we have ideas to offer in different elements because of the expansion of knowledge we allow ourselves to receive and open up to. And besides being the keepers of populating this world, the possibilities are endless of what women can do!

What piece of advice would you give young girls who aspire to pave their own path?

If it’s a “no” here today, that means it’s a “yes” somewhere else. Trust that closed doors lead to open ones, and that the secret to surviving and thriving is good old fashion belief in yourself, your ability, and your dreams. We are in control of our destiny more than we give ourselves credit from: we just have to get up and go for it. So never stop fighting for something that you know is yours-you never know what possibilities it might lead to.

If you could thank one woman for making a difference in your life, who would it be and why?

If I could thank one woman, it would be my mother. Growing up I didn’t understand as much, but now as an adult I realize that this woman was the rock of our family and endured everything for us. She faced challenges that she overcame within her marriage and that strength that she continues to show with elegance and poise is nothing but admirable. Plus, she drove me to dance classes for years, put up with my bratty middle school self (ha! My poor mom…I was kind of a lot.) Spent money and time on extra dance conventions that I wanted to go to that took me all over the world that weren’t required by my dance studio, and on top of all that, she has never stopped believing in me and has always loved me unconditionally for who I am.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

My definition of a YGTGirl is being confident and comfortable with who you are, with no apologies necessary!