We had the good fortune of connecting with Camille Trammell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Camille, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has played every role in my life. I swear by it. I truly believe nothing worth having comes from a place of comfortability and that you must take risks in order to elevate.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hair braiding is my art. I began braiding my own hair when I was about 14, then started braiding my friends’ and family’s hair. I’m just naturally good at it and believe it to be one of my callings. Something that sets me apart from other braiders is that I don’t look at it as a money mission. My number one priority is making sure the women I service feel comfortable and secure. I am always most proud and excited about the fact that my clients will undoubtedly have a good time when they sit in my chair. I don’t just provide excellent braiding services, I provide laughs, conversation, and a unique sense of familiarity that allows them to relax and enjoy the experience. It definitely wasn’t easy to get where I am today, but risks had to be taken in order for me to get on the path of doing what I really wanted to do. I quit a job I hated because it was not good for my mental health. I’ve struggled financially, cried, and gone weeks without clients. But I believe as long as I’m trying and really believe in what I do the universe will assist with the rest. My final destination is a career of acting/writing, in the meantime I’m going to do something else I love and am good at. I’ve decided I will always do what makes me happy. Whenever I’m faced with an obstacle I do my best to remember that tough times don’t last, and focus on the solutions possible instead of whatever the issue is. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that working for yourself requires a lot more commitment, energy and focus than working for someone else. It’s all on you. Your successes, your failures, everything has YOUR name on it. Ultimately how hard you’re willing to work will determine which of the two you’ll see more of.

The world will know my story as one of perseverance. It is from that perseverance my brand has bloomed. My brand will represent a demographic often encouraged to tone down. It will provide a space for black women to unapologetically be themselves, and the world will hear us loudly.

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 have a couple favorite spots. But honestly, if my best friend came in town we’d be trying a lot of places for the first time together. I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio and haven’t seen as much of Houston as I’d like. We’d have to visit Lotus for sure, they have some of the best seafood. My best friend loves margaritas, and rumor has it “The New Spot” has unlimited margaritas for dirt cheap so I’m sure that would be one of our first stops. I know our focus would be on supporting black owned businesses but I’d also love to take her see a few of the natural parks, breweries and museums. We’re both pretty adventurous and open to trying new things. I believe you have the most fun when you don’t know what to expect.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have to give a shoutout to my mom, siblings and close friends. All of whom have contributed to keeping me sane during the hardest of times. They keep me on track while continuously reminding me of how talented and fabulous I am.

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