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Rising Stars: Meet Nivea Voltran

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nivea Voltran.

Hi Nivea, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Hello, I am Nivea. I was born and raised in Brazil, but I have lived in Maryland since 2007. I have dreamed of being an actress since I was a kid. I even went to drama school. My mom always motivated me to study. She was more present in my life because my dad used to work at night for many years and I didn’t see him that much. My mom also motivated me to study English, and she enrolled herself in some classes too.

But my true passion was to be on stage and TV. I believe the fact that Brazil has the most black people out of Africa made me want to represent them on TV, magazines, and places I used to go. I never had a black doll before. As a child, I did not see people like me on TV and the lack of representation made a huge impact on my self-esteem, and later I realized this was a problem in society.

As time passed by, I felt the necessity of a structural change in my life, so I moved to the United States. Even though I was working in the fashion industry for so many years, I knew that it would be a challenge to find a job in this area as an immigrant. I started to look for career options that interested me. At the time, I was into watching investigation series, so I decided to take a Criminal Justice class and I loved the course. Going to college here was not easy because I still had difficulty speaking English. I thought at first that I could not complete all my courses, but the desire to change the world pushed me through it, and I graduated with 4.0 GPA in Criminology & Criminal Justice.

By the way, one year before I started College, I met my husband. He always motivates me to pursue my passion and my dreams. He is my biggest supporter when I start a new project or volunteer work. I have done a lot of volunteer work throughout these years and my last one I did until I decided to become a mom.

I remember that one moment during my college years, I was undecided between continuing to pursue a career in Law Enforcement or going to Social Work. Both careers inspired me because I knew I could make a difference in my community. But after many unsuccessful tries and many no’s, I changed my strategy and I decided to use my social media to help and inspire people. Thus, I chose to create my virtual space and be a digital influencer creating contents of lifestyle, fashion, bilingual maternity, beauty, and health.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As an immigrant, the challenges for me were the language and the culture. It is hard to learn a new language as you are adapting to a new culture. I was very shy and scared of the unknown and afraid of not finding job opportunities that would use my professional skills.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My personality helped me overcome my obstacles and made them my strength. As an international person who speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, I knew that my voice could reach more people. As an influencer, I like to work with companies that share the same values as me. I can help nonprofit organizations that I have volunteered promoting their campaigns. I try to work with small businesses and businesses owned by Afro-descendants and Latinos.

I share my story to inspire people, especially women entrepreneurs who want to study abroad or explore the world in any other way. I like to give tips on how to boost your self-esteem. I share information about places to go, especially with the little one. There are many fun and cool places in the DC area. I give tips about how to learn other languages.

I have a few projects for the future and one of them is my podcast. I am currently doing some research and creating content. I plan to have my podcast in English and Portuguese where I will talk about my experiences as a woman, wife, and a mom. My mission is to inspire people to overcome their fears the same way I did as an Afro Latina woman who is a mom, wife, professional, and dreamer.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I am very honest with my audience, and I only recommend what I really like and believe, which makes people have a good experience with what I recommend. There are many influencers today. Any person can be an influencer, especially now that there are so many social media platforms such as Clubhouse (audio social media app). But when you do it as a career, you take it seriously like I do.

Another quality is that I’m a shy person (it might not seem like it) although I’ve been improving it and the contact with the public helps a lot. Because I’m multifaceted and an actress, it makes me improve every day and inspire other people who are also shy but understand that their story needs to be told!

Self-knowledge made me understand my characteristics better, and today I can see the importance of all my experiences. Even though they were very different, they make my content creative, diverse, innovative, and connect my heart with my followers not only in Maryland but around the world!

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