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Life & Work with Diana Ross

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Ross.

Hi Diana, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Diana Nicole Ross. I was named after the famous singer Diana Ross. Thanks to my mom!! My mom, since she was a little girl, has always been a loyal Diana Ross fan. She has everything Diana Ross in her home. She always told people before I was born if she had a daughter she’d name her Diana Ross. So there’s that! I grew up in Baltimore County, MD. Born and raised in MD. I have been dancing and singing since the age of five. I grew up as a dancer. As a child and throughout most of my life, entertainment and entrepreneurship has always been a huge part of my life.

I was trained in all genres of dance since the age of five and started singing at the age of six. I did not start fully taking on singing as a passion until I was about 19 years old. I began writing and performing at different open mics and venues at the age of 20. I graduated from Mercy High School in Baltimore, MD where I was in the high school Dance Troupe all four years and graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

While at college, I co-founded and formed a dance group, “Killa Motionz”, my sophomore year and began doing numerous open mics my junior year along with numerous dance performances. I currently work in HR and have two other businesses I do as other forms of hustle. I am a skincare/haircare/wellness consultant for an all-vegan and all-natural beauty brand. Through that brand, I also help people monetize their social media platforms to create a brand through everything it is that they use their social media for.

My other hustle, I am a dancer/media person for an entertainment company called “Limelight Event Group” based in Philly. We do events all throughout the DMV area and provide tons of entertainment where we get to interact with our audiences.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say it hasn’t been a smooth road, but it also hasn’t been an easy one as well. I have had to do a lot of personal/self-development and learn a lot of lessons the hard way in some cases. I have always been very candid about this, but I never knew what struggle was growing up and was very fortunate to have two hard-working parents that provided for me so that I was able to enjoy as well as experience a lot of luxuries that life can offer. Both of my parents retired in their early 60’s so hard work in my family was never anything we all were short of.

However, because of that, I had to learn a lot of things on my own at an older age. But with having parents like mine, who are also very much older, I learned at a very young age the value of hardwork, perseverance, persistence, and consistency. I learned how being a hard worker will help you excel in life.

I knew from a young age that being a hard worker was a non-negotiable for me in life, no matter what age I was/am or what success I encounter. I always knew to be humble and have confidence at the same time. Anything it is I wanted I worked for, and I still have that same mentality now. I learned that nothing is ever handed to you. You must work for it, and you must believe that it can be yours through that hard work. The older I get, the more I am learning how working hard, especially when it comes to things you are passionate about, feels less like work and more like an investment. “If that makes sense”.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
All in all, I have multiple streams of income but to sum all of what I do. I help people. Whether it’s through Human Resources, whether it’s in the beauty industry, the network marketing industry (helping people monetize their social media to help promote their self brands/make extra income) or even the entertainment industry.

In all of these professions, I am a part of, I am catering to people and entertaining people. I have always had a passion for helping people and connecting with people. I believe that the world is filled with so much hate, and it’s every man for themselves. While that may be true, I want to uplift people and help people recognize their light while also sharing mine.

What I believe makes me different from others is my drive to really make this world better by remaining as positive as I can. And no, I don’t mean being happy-go-lucky all the time but giving people a different perspective on challenging themselves on the way they respond and react to situations that make them face adversity and hardships.

The world knows more negative than positive, they know more competitions’ than coming together, they know more hate than love. I want to change that in some way. I want people to experience genuine love and know what it is to be about personal growth and development. I am not here to compete with anyone because I know that I am unique in my own way and I possess my own attributes/qualities that make me who I am. I believe I am my own competition. I want to work with people ultimately.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My family and my friends deserve a lot of credit. A lot of people in my family I will always give so much praise to. Aunts, Uncles, and cousins have provided me with so much wisdom throughout my years. But, especially my parents. They helped me gain certain perspectives growing up, and if it wasn’t for them, I really do believe my mindset would be a lot different.

My brother is another person I have to give credit. He has always reminded me about the importance of creating genuine connections with people and always remaining grateful for what life has offered me. When it comes to my friends. “And you all know who you are,” I am truly thankful for them. I sometimes struggled to make real authentic friendships growing up. I even had a hard time myself learning what it meant to be a true and real friend. Once I got to high school, college and up until this point, I learned the real meaning and value of true friendships.

My friends that I have now, old and new, whom I consider being family, have helped me grow in numerous ways that I could go on and on about. They challenge me to be the best version of myself and to never let anything hinder my growth process. They remind me to always stay true to myself and to always have confidence in myself. They remind me to always hold myself accountable for my actions and call me out when it is needed. For that, I am grateful because that is a real genuine friendship. Friends who see you through everything and still love you through it all. Friends who can be honest with you and uplift you at the same time.

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