What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Melicia, but many know me as RoxyGrey. I am a marketing specialist and advisor/mentor.
Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?
I've just always been a people-person. My Mom told me I was never one of those loud kids, but that I would run down the aisles in church and just silently wave and smile at people (lol). I've always been so drawn to people and the way we interact with one another, and how we can help each other. Where did your passion for Marketing come from? I didn't actually realize I wanted to be in marketing until a few years ago. All I knew was that I have a passion for people, I love being creative, and that I have a knack for networking and connecting people. Many people started coming to me for branding advice and that's when it hit me, like this is what I want to do. I believe in the people and the brands that I've worked with (and still work with), and I want them to succeed. So I create marketing plans and help lead them in the right direction. My joy and passion comes from catalyzing one's dream into reality.
Who are some of your favorite clients you've worked with or interviewed?
Hands down, Gene aka No Malice. He's such a great person to be around and he's been a spiritual mentor to me over the years. He's so creative and has all the ideas, yet he stays so grounded and keeps it 100, always.
Favorite person I've interviewed would have to be Greg Selkoe, Former CEO & Founder of Karmaloop. I remember interviewing him about 3 years ago (http://roxygrey.com/post/
31983395782/rg-exclusive-greg- selkoe-interview), and then going to Richmond months after to watch his speech at VCU. I was sitting in the third row, and he was in the middle of his speech, when he looked at me and said, "Hey! There's Roxy!" (Mind you, we've never met before that.) Ever since then, we've remained in contact. His whole mindset is amazing, and I'm so excited to see what he has in store for us with Curateurs and all his ventures.
And my favorite person I'm currently working with is Rob Hill, Sr. I am soooooo blessed beyond words to be working with him on a project that will launch later this year. A few months ago, he told me that he wanted to have an event to help raise money for teachers, but he didn't know if it would happen. And then just a couple of weeks ago, I met with him and he was a little sad and said, "I don't think it'll happen with everything that's going on." I looked at him, and said, "Oh no. We're going to make this happen." The look on his face and the joy in his smile were priceless; and he's been on this project since. Just being around such an influential and peaceful person like Rob has been such a blessing in my Life. Being able to vent and talk about creative issues with someone who understands where I'm coming from has helped me grow in so many ways.
Who do you look to for inspiration?
I actually look to my friends for inspiration. They've believed in me since Day One; and on the days that I'm feeling overwhelmed, they check me. They push me. They make sure that I'm always on the right track. I love them sooooo much and we inspire each other. <3
What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are?
Work hard. Be genuine & upfront; stay true to what you believe in. Be nice. And ALWAYS have Purpose in everything that you do. What do you love most about being a woman? Being underestimated. For the most part, we women are still underestimated in everything that we do, but people forget that WE ARE BUILT FOR THIS. Women are built to birth another human being, for Heaven's sake. We are naturally-born superheroes, and both men and women tend to forget that. I absolutely enjoy and love being a woman. Our lives are so unexplainable, and I continue to surprise myself. <3
What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life?
PRIORITIZING. I have a calendar (in addition to the one of my phone) that I carry everywhere with me. I color code my days so I know what I'm doing for work, school, and my personal Life. Trust me, I still have my days where I struggle with balancing, especially since I can get sidetracked and/or be so heavily engulfed in work projects. These past few months have actually been a test of balance for me. I also schedule some quality time about twice a month for myself, like massages and getting my nails done. When I started grad school, one of my best friends got me a "school" journal, where I'm only allowed to write about school and whenever I'm frustrated or feeling like I'm overwhelmed. Writing always balances my emotions. 🙂 We know you love to travel, what has been your favorite place to visit thus far? Hands down, Venice, Italy. I loved everything about it - the food, the people, the beaches, the sites. Venice is such a beautiful place... and the most interesting part about it: They live on water. I love it. I would totally go back.
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
I'm a good chess player. (Or I like to think I'm one.) 😉
Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
An elephant, my favorite animal. An elephant doesn't have to announce its presence in a room by roaring or being obnoxious. It just walks in, big and full of humility, kindness, and Love. What does the future hold for you?
In the near future, more collaborations with really great creatives, and more events! 🙂
Where can people find you?
Instagram: @roxygrey / Twitter: @roxygrey / firstname.lastname@example.org