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Meet Jacquelyn Carter of JustSayJackie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacquelyn Carter.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In Highschool, I was part of the media academy.

Each year was a different focus, but it ultimately built the foundation of my passion. I hosted the news, filmed music videos and learned to edit.

Going to college, I remember telling my advisor “I want to be in front of the camera. I want to be a news anchor.” At Texas State, I became active at the radio station first as a DJ and a news reporter. Around my junior year, there was a spot open for a specialty show In the Public Interest. I convinced my friend DaLyah to do the show with me. We honestly have such great chemistry, we transformed that show and won an award for our LGBTQIA episode.

JustSayJackie came around the time where I saw people blowing up from Vine, YouTube, and other social media platforms. I felt pressured to start my brand because people were telling me “Jackie you would be perfect for this. People love listening to what you have to say.” I kept procrastinating, and honestly looking back my heart wasn’t in it. I came up with the name because my full name is Jacquelyn, and people often pronounce it wrong, so I tell them to “JustSayJackie.” I blogged for a while and put out a few YouTube videos before it eventually fizzled out.

Around this time I decided to take a Social Media Analytics class just for fun. I heard about a job at the Student Health Center as a marketing assistant. Honestly, I needed money for rent, I did not have a car at the time, this job was on campus, and they would work with my class schedule. So I spoke it into existence. I got the job, and I fell in love with social media and digital marketing. Social media allowed me to combine my love of storytelling and have a job that doesn’t feel like work. I have since graduated college, and I am working as a digital marketing specialist, and I co-host the podcast Two and Fro with DaLyah.

I am also taking steps to establish my own digital marketing business so that I can work for myself and transform JustSayJackie into what I want it to be.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been on a smooth road, although I am privileged in a lot of areas and I have been afforded opportunities, so I have not struggled as hard as most. I have a powerful family and friend foundation that believes in me when I don’t even believe in myself.

I think that has been my biggest struggle. It is easy to say you will not compare yourself to someone else or recognize your journey will not be easy, but when you’re in it, it’s a different story. I struggle a lot with negative self-talk. I often feel like I should be doing more, I should be in a different place to the point I talk myself out of ideas out of fear.

For the longest, I just thought I was realistic with myself when I was negative. Right now I am in a state of transition. I know what I want to do, but how do I get there? What steps do I take now to set up my future? I’m working on it, but I won’t lie… it’s a process.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with JustSayJackie – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
So JustSayJackie is currently in transition. I am transitioning out of the phase of blogging/Youtube into providing digital media services for other people. I recently secured my first client (whoop, whoop) and I am excited to see where this goes. The other ventures I would be known for are my radio works. Going into the news at Texas State there were only four black kids, and a few other students of color involved and our stories were not being told.

Right after the shooting of an unarmed black man, there was a protest on campus. I went to my news director I said “listen, we have to be out there. We have to tell this story.” It went on to get high views online. From that point on our stories were a priority, and the POC on that news team was able to cover stories about our communities because now they could not deny the fact that people were listening.

Fast forward, to In the Public Interest. Before we came in the episode topics were about “student organizations on campus” and other fluff like that. DaLyah and I focused on voices that were not being heard and ended up winning an award for our LGBTQIA episode. We had such chemistry that we decided to continue it with our show Two and Fro. We focus on the black southern women experience from hip-hop, food and to the way we talk.

What sets us apart is you don’t have a podcast of black women from the south talking about our experiences and how that specific socialization effects us today.

I am most proud of our live show we had a few months back in Austin, and that was dope. It was amazing that people showed up had a good time and listened to what we had to say.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Houston. I was born and raised here so it will always be near and dear to my heart. I love the diversity of food, culture, and things to do. My friends and I are always finding free events to go to. A few weeks ago we went to an HBO Rollerskating event and it was amazing.

I wouldn’t say there is anything I least like about our city. I just wish uber was popping all over the city like it is in DC and New York. Everything is so spread out and it’s hard to have a good time when you have to take two freeways to get home, lol.

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