Stranger 97/100 – Atiyah

100 Strangers - AtiyahStranger 97/100 – Atiyah

“I’m just so eager for that next level in my life…”

Meet Atiyah.

What advice would you give to your younger self? “I would definitely tell myself that everything that you desire… just be patient. Be prayerful and be patient most of all. I feel like I’ve tried to speed up the process, and the process takes time. Anything that you want to be great… it takes time.”

How did you learn that? “Time… and I have a lot of wise people in my life that have mentored me, and I’m grateful for them.”

What is your biggest challenge right now? “It’s so weird because I just gave my younger self that advice about being patient, and I’m still working on that. I’m just so eager for that next level in my life, my career and right now I’m in preparation for it. I’m just setting myself up for it and… I’m anxious.”

So that begs the question: what are your goals? Where do you want to be in ten years? “In ten years, I hope to have my own business, make-up service, where I can, you know, just work behind the scenes… setting up to work, to go do make-up jobs. That’s what I’m doing now… I’m being sent out to do the make-up jobs. So, in ten years, I want to be doing the sending out.”

If you could put a billboard up in Charlotte, what would it say? “Limitless. I feel like there a limitless possibilities in life.”

What is the biggest misconception people have about you? “A lot of people don’t understand me because I’m very assertive. I guess my mean business face looks like I’m mad, but I just mean business that’s all.”

Technical Notes: I used a small LED panel to reduce the shadows on the right side of Atiyah’s face.

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