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Meet Ashley Monae: Creative Director

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Meet, Ashley Monae, Creative Director at RCA Records.

What industry are you in?

Ashley: Music/Creative

What do you do professionally?

Creative Director

What was your journey like to get to where you are in your career?

Many twists and turns. My journey hasn't been linear whatsoever. Before honing in on creative direction, I worked in fashion, journalism, and A&R.

What was one of the most challenging lessons that you learned during your process?

Perfection isn't key, progress is. Understanding that evolving and improving through trial and error will only help make me stronger as a creative has been tough because I'm very much a perfectionist. But it's allowed me a new sense of freedom when creating.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your process?

It's very simple, but be kind to everyone. I'm really big on having good energy in the workplace because it can affect work flow and productivity.

What was your biggest obstacle?

Stepping into my confidence as a creative director who didn't have the typical journey to a "CD" title.

When did you realize you were going in the right direction, professionally?

When the projects I was working on didn't feel like work but a fun passion project.

What was a pivotal moment in your career that led you to where you are now?

Leaving my prior job with a different title to start my own company and build my own clientele was very pivotal.

How did you overcome doubt during your career journey/transitions?

I'm still working through it, but reaffirming my greatness through words of affirmation have been amazing.

For those who may be experiencing imposter syndrome, what advice would you give that has helped you?

Anytime imposter syndrome sneaks in, I go through the requirements for my job and remind myself that not only do I meet all of thee requirements, but I bring many special and unique skills to the table.

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