We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandi Lowery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandi, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Dallas, Texas. I value my upbringing because my parents taught me to never give up and to always chase my dreams no matter how many doors closed. And there were plenty of closed doors, however, I refused to allow those closed doors to stop me. I had many disappointments/obstacles that stood in my way from my dream of becoming an attorney; but I never gave up. There were times when I thought I would never go to law school because I was getting rejected from the schools that I applied to. Through the disappointment, I decided to give up and my focus on getting a master’s degree. Well a close friend of mine recommended me to apply to Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I applied, went through the provisional program, got accepted and then graduated.
But the journey didn’t stop there. Once I graduated law school, I had to study and take the Texas bar. That was another obstacle that I had to endure. I didn’t pass the bar on the first try. When that happened that caused major disappointment. I felt like a failure but I had to put my emotions to side. I had to make up in my mind, that if I wanted to be a practicing attorney, then I need to pass this test. I eventually passed the test and became licensed.
With great success always comes struggles. Nothing worth having is easy. If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it. I am blessed to have the upbringing that I did because without that, I would have gave up a long time ago and there is no telling where I would be today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a practicing attorney in Houston, Texas and I am a podcaster and a co-host of the podcast No Further Questions. As an attorney, I enjoy helping people and solving their problems. As a podcaster and a co-host, I enjoy educating the community about general and legal topics. My journey to get to where I am was not easy but I had to go through it. Now, during those times, I didn’t understand but it makes sense now.
Going through this process, I had to learn who I was as a person and as a professional. I had to learn my self-worth. I had to learn that when someone told me no, it wasn’t personal. It definitely wasn’t easy and I am still learning but I am thankful for the lessons learned.
What I would like the world to know about me and my brand is, I am not done yet. I have so much more in me and I won’t stop. I am determined and motivated. I may have some bumps in the road but all it did was make me stronger. I plan on going after everything that I want. My podcast No Further Questions, will be making BIG moves soon. My professional career as a lawyer will step into the next level.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my best friend to my favorite spots in the Houston area which are the following:
Gloria’s Latin Cuisine-sit at the bar and have my favorite bartender Jonathon make us a spicy margarita.
Grace’s on Kirby-for their southern cuisine. We would sit on the patio and enjoy the weather and the scene. You never know who will show up.
Brennan’s Steakhouse- on Thursday or Friday for their .25 martinis.
UnWine on Almeda-We would order the spinach dip and a bottle of wine. Also sit on the balcony and overlook the 3rd ward area.
For self-care, I would also take my best friend to my favorite nail salon Glossed Glam Factory in midtown and have my favorite manicurists Kryssi & Von do our nails and pedicure.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would contribute my success to my parents. I would also contribute my success to my mentor and managing attorney Sandra Valerio. Since I have been practicing as an attorney, there have been some bumps in the road but to have a mentor like the one I have, she has shaped me and molded me into the attorney that I am today.
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