056 | Forging Your Own Path with Melissa Chanel

Hey friends!

Welcome to episode 056 of the Candidly Speaking podcast!

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In This Episode:

  • Blogger and Communications Manager for Cantu Beauty, Melissa Chanel (@melissachanel) joins Carrie (@carrie.gillaspie) to share her story with the Candid Crew!
  • Melissa tells us about her childhood growing up in small town South Carolina,
  • how a friend talked her into starting a blog,
  • how she found herself living in New York City for 3 years
  • why she made the move back home to the South.
  • Carrie is curious how Melissa’s family reacted to her leaving her full-time job to blog
  • the ups and downs of building a community from the ground up
  • how she turned a one-off opportunity with Cantu Beauty into a full-time gig.
  • Melissa gives us an inside look into what content creation is really like
  • how she manages keeping her creative juices flowing while working full-time with Cantu.
  • We get the deets on Kicks & Fros and on some of Melissa’s all time favorite sneakers
  • her tips for cultivating your own style
  • some of her dream collaborations
  • what’s on the horizon for her for 2020 and beyond.

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