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Girl Up Career Interview: Ola Idowu by Adefikayo Ajao, Alison John & Madison Nestor

What were some important lessons that you have learned?

There are three lessons that I have learned along the way.

It is important to network with people and maintain those relationships. You never know what someone can do for you when you are not in the room. If a person you have a strong relationship with hears of an opportunity that you are interested in, they can speak up for you when you are not there which already puts you ahead.You must work hard for what you want. Most especially being a black woman in this country where there are so many obstacles that make us have to work twice as hard as anyone else. Honing in on what you are most passionate about. There will always be “failure” and bad job experiences. My “bad” experiences were not bad actually in hindsight. My journey led to my passion.

Tell us how and why you started your career

I have always been interested in entertainment, but never really knew what route to take as a career.“I didn’t want to be an actress or a singer”. “ I would always watch TV when I was younger” “I went to Syracuse University and graduated and had a few jobs, not until my recent job is where I knew what career I was going to. I majored in Public Relations.” Your failures can show you to new perspectives"

What skills have you found vital to your job?

Always try to network and create new connections with people in college and outside of it too. They could be the one who gives you a huge opportunity in the future.

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