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

Hi Shay, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Being uncomfortable, having a strong support system, and confidence to accept new challenges. It’s a known fact that discomfort can lead to growth professionally. As a creative person, I strive to improve my skills. I often seek guidance from other self-taught chefs and content creators – which helps me grow professionally. My most significant supporter is my husband. As a Retired Photographer, I embrace his feedback on my work. We also collaborate on various photoshoots.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Did I mention I have a Graphic Design background? My creative wheel is constantly turning. I continuously look for ways to develop innovative ideas through a unique perspective. From sharpening my video editing and food styling skills to perfecting recipes, there’s much to discover. I am still learning to navigate the social media world and pitching myself to brands. Some days can be more complex than others. I have learned to ask questions rather than struggle. My continued efforts to connect and network with people in my community are uplifting. I am proud of the work I’ve done. Including my community work with Eat Black Charlotte. Through our 30k followers, we support and promote black-owned restaurants. We’ve successfully hosted a restaurant week and food truck festival for three years now.

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?
As a NEW Texas resident, I have the opportunity to explore and fall in love with new places. Thus far I have fallen in love with the Chinatown area. My out-of-state friends and family will have the opportunity to experience Houston with me.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband. I know it sounds cheesy, but he IS my biggest supporter both professionally and personally.

Website: https://shayjackson.com/

Instagram: iamshayjackson

Facebook: ShayJacksonBlog

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Image Credits
All Photography by Joshua Mackey

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