We had the good fortune of connecting with V Michel Buck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi V Michel, what are you inspired by?
I am most inspired by everyone I have ever met. I was told most my life that I would amount to nothing because of my gender, that I could never accomplish anything. I have always had a strong sense to show all those men who said that to women, that is not true. It’s okay to accomplish nothing if that’s what we want, it’s okay to reach for smaller goals, it’s okay to be a little or big as we want. Success isn’t measured by someone else, it’s measured by what is within ourselves. Knowing all that, I know that the things I want to accomplish may not mean a lot to people, but they mean a lot to me.
I am inspired by all the positivity I get from strangers online, they don’t want to accomplish what I have accomplished and know that it is good to encourage others and lead with love. However, I also am inspired with all the negativity because the naysayers will never be me and it bothers them. They want to be where I am. They are frustrated with their lack of progress in their own lives. It means to me that I am the strength they wish they had. I want them to get there.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an influencer and photographer. I never noticed I became an influencer, I wasn’t trying and then it just happened and became a “job.” The largest challenge I had was time management. Luckily, after much frustration with myself, I found an amazing app that worked for me to help me keep on task and get everything done daily as needed. It helped me keep my personal calendar and my professional calendar tidy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I actually am more of a home body. Me and my husband don’t go out often. When we do, we love the Alamo Drafthouse, catching a movie and the amazing food is a great way for us to be comfortable and feel like it isn’t a waste night.
I enjoy a lot of Houston’s parks and water features.
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?
My husband, Anthony Lleras. Before he was my husband, he was my friend. He helped me through hard times, listened to me vent, helped me work through solving problems and always encouraged me to do what I wanted but never over commit. He taught me work life balance, how to respect my own body and truly love.