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Conversations with Laniah Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laniah Brown. 

Hi Laniah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Laniah but most know me as Lani, Niah or Heir Lani on social media. I’m rarely called my real name! I’m 21 years old, and I’m a digital creator, hair influencer, and blogger. I grew up writing poems, stories, music, and even performing. Fun fact: I was in the World Choir Games in 2012 that was held right here in Cincinnati. Creating poems, songs, and stories helped me escape and confront the conflict in my life. I suffered from depression, anxiety, and abandonment trauma. After I graduated high school, I had a severe autoimmune attack which resulted in 2 procedures and almost going on chemotherapy. I couldn’t go to college which drove me deeper in depression but I wanted to overcome it. I got my own apartment and started making hair videos again. I say again because I made videos and other content for a company that basically sold me a false dream of success. I had to pay my way to be a a part of their program and I spent lots of money buying their products. I was with them for 10 months and I left before getting my apartment. So this time I made hair videos for myself and to promote black owned products, which is what I currently do. By being on my own, I experienced things that helped me overcome my trauma. I learned to love myself, believe in my talents, and trust God. That is how I got here!

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road by far! This year, I had 2 surgeries and I’m preparing for another one in a few weeks. I’ve had medical issues for 3 years and then dealing with healing and growing from my internal conflicts. Whew! I can go on and on about my set backs and failures. But it’s people that deal with far worse than me. I choose to be grateful and make the most of my situations. I don’t like to focus on the obstacles too much, if I feed my energy into the things that happen to me more than I feed my energy into how I respond to them, I’ll never get through them.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
So as I mentioned before, I’m a digital creator, hair influencer, and blogger. I’ve collaborated with many companies the past 18 months. I’m currently a brand ambassador for Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Conair, and Shapermint. Despite not being able to do as much this year due to the surgeries, I went viral 4 times and my page has been growing a lot. I also just launched my haircare blog! And this is only the beginning. Next year I’m launching my own haircare brand. All praise to God for opening these doors for me and helping me become a better person. I’m most proud of how passionate I am to grow. I think what sets me apart from others is my ambition and creativity. I started with little but I made the best out of what I had. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve, I rarely celebrate accomplishments because I have a “how can I do better?” type of mindset.

We’d love to hear about what you think about risk-taking?
Not taking risks can keep you in situations you shouldn’t be in. We take risks every day when we walk out the door. But that doesn’t stop us because we see ourselves making it to our destination. That is how we have to look at taking risks. We can’t be afraid of failure, because that’s when we learn the most sometimes. We must keep our eyes on the destination, on the person we want to be, and on the life we want to have. I wasn’t a risk taker until this year because I had a mindset driven by fear. I’m still learning how to take risks and trust God. I recently moved back with my parent because of my medical issues. I didn’t want to because of the past. I worked hard building my life on my own and I felt like it was step back. Plus, I did hair videos in my apartment and it was a nice space for that. Moving back would mean changing how I operate. But at the same time, my state of mind wasn’t healthy. I barely ate due to anxiety and stress so I lost a lot of weight. I literally pushed myself to move back, because I had a feeling that if I didn’t take this risk, I would miss out on my blessings. Several weeks after I moved, my account balance for my apartment was removed. I figured it was a mistake. I owed a lot of money! But its been over 3 months, and no one has contacted me about it. All I had to do was move and God took care of the rest. That was my first true experience of taking a risk and trusting God.

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