Today we’d like to introduce you to Bianca Eugene.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bianca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Sharing my experience with others has been best understood through spoken word, storytelling, and comedy. I think being transparent about what I have gone through will encourage others to voice their experiences too. It’s all about learning from one another, so we can do better for ourselves and each other.
I started doing this method of sharing since high school. Over the last several years, I really found my voice and the messages I want to convey. Particularly, I am interested in speaking to all people about relationships, empowerment, and self-worth. Far from an expert but I have plenty of insight from experiences that someone is bound to relate to!
I honestly love what I do because it connects people, brings me joy, and makes us think about the decisions we make.
Great, 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?
The road I travel has many stop signs but I still remain on track. I am currently a full-time graduate student completing my Masters in Public Administration and Policy while working full-time. In addition, maintain and manage the needs of my family and personal life. As you can imagine, sometimes my time is not my own. With multiple competing factors needing my attention, it takes away time for me to create new content. The work I do is very important to me but sometimes it cannot be a priority.
For women pursuing the passion but occasionally face delays, keep going and don’t stop! Someone, right now, needs someone like you to make it so they can feel/see they can too. The best thing we can do in these situations is to remind yourself of greatness and how it would be a disservice to not share that with the world.
Other important advice I would like to give is to plan ahead and be prepared. Time management is crucial so be sure to schedule some “me time”. Always be prepared to give a brief summary of who you are and what you do because you never know what someone will do with that information. Lastly, do not dim your light to let others shine brighter because you will only be seen in the shadow when you were meant to lead.
Please tell us about JustBE.
I am an artist, particularly spoken word, storytelling, and comedy videos. I love to connect with people especially on real-life experiences. I try to write 2-3 spoken word poems a month (typically really long) and come up with content for my funny videos on the side. The ideas will come to me either based on experiences or my opinions on certain topics. I do not have a traditional approach to my spoken word poetry, I try to incorporate a bit of a battle rap feel to the work that I do to keep things interesting! I think this sets me apart from others and because I am always performing relatable content.
The thing I am most proud of is how far I have come. I wrote my first complete poem back in 2013 (shortly after graduating undergrad) after quitting my job (Starbucks) and not working for 2 months. I like to reflect on that poem because my writing has improved so much! I am also proud of the fact that I have not stopped. Sure there are days where I am not in the mood to write or record a video because I am either tired or uninspired. However, this is usually temporary.
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
The biggest barrier today to female leadership in doubt. Us women are constantly being compared to men to demonstrate our value or compared against each other to prove some sort of superiority. We are never taken as is and our worth is only noticed when juxtaposed to someone else. This creates doubt because we are subconsciously being told we cannot do it unless man does it first or competition is in place. So many times I have doubted myself because there was either: A.) No female representation doing what I desired to do and B.) Unsure if I could handle being “first woman to *insert blank*”. I live in a world where reassurance is for the men, a guarantee is for the privilege, and possibilities are for the women. As a black woman aspiring to climb the leadership ladder, more barriers are in my way whether obvious or not.
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