IT GIRL: SHIREA L. CARROLL

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The entertainment industry is full of dynamic and inspiring women. GirlThatsMySong.com wants to celebrate those women because they’re truly IT GirlsShirea L. Carroll is a fearless, respected, and motivational journalist with years of experience under her belt. The way this woman moves throughout the industry is mind-blowing. To know this woman is to truly know excellence. Carroll is the brains behind Juicy Magazine‘s online presence and the web series Reality Decomposed. #ItGirlStatus

Get into the compelling interview below:

What made you want to work in this entertainment industry?

Believe it or not, I wanted to work in the fashion industry, but God had another plan.

What was your best & worst internship and why?

Best internship had to be my internship at VIBE magazine, it was the internship that put my career in journalism in motion. I’ve been blessed to never really have bad experiences with internships…The Ricki Lake Show, Fashion Group International, Jill Saunders were all great internships.

Do you ever feel that women don’t get a fair shot?

I feel if you come in this industry, or any industry for that matter thinking things aren’t fair…you’ve already put yourself two steps behind. Whether or not women get a fair shot is relative, but I do know women that maintain a respected reputation and undying work ethic succeed.

How do you feel about the state of the music industry?

I personally stopped listening to rap music regularly probably after Drake came out. However, the music industry remains the same…the names change, and the music gets less inspiring.

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What is the best thing about your job?

Helping young writers understand not just the writing aspect to the business, but helping them navigate the industry on a personal level as well.

What Inspired you to do Reality Decomposed?

Quiet or not so quiet as it’s kept— I love to make people laugh. When we were building our social media presence at Juicy Magazine I started covering reality shows live on Twitter. People loved my tweets, and then I thought why not turn my tweets to videos, and Reality Decomposed was born. If your not watching yet, get familiar – it’s one of my favorite things to do.

What is the worst part of the industry?

That opportunities are often given to those who talk the loudest not the ones who work the hardest.

You’ve worked at numerous publications, what was your favorite?

I’ve worked at Essence, AOL, Juicy, The Root. I’ve learned so much at each stop, but VIBE Magazine will always be home.

Who do you feel is a bad representation of women in the industry?

Women who are extremely comfortable using what’s between their legs as their ladder to succeed.

Has there ever been a time when you wanted to just quit?

Quitters never win, and winners never quit. But trust me there have been days when I wake up and just want to go right back to bed….or to Greece.

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What advice would you give yourself at 21?

Invest more. Stress less. At 21 I really wish I realized how important it is to seek God first and always, so everything else falls into place.

What advice do you have for girls just breaking into the industry?

Intergrity is to never be sacrificed. Technology has today’s youth fooled. Don’t worry about getting to the next step quickly, worry about once you get there being prepared enough to stay a while.

What has been the highlight or favorite moment of your career thus far?

My faith says God has so much more in store for my life, that everything thus far has just been a preview.

What advice would you give to a newly signed artist?

Make music that matters and inspires, not what trends.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Living abroad or on your television.

Where did you see yourself being today 5 years ago?

I can barely remember what I ate yesterday…but whatever it was I’m thankful and blessed to be exactly where I am supposed to be right now.