We had the good fortune of connecting with Brya Simms and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brya, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’ve always been a person who feared the action behind risks, I believe anyone who has taken a risk will agree that it can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences you put yourself in. However I’ve come to learn that a risk is like anything and anyone in your life … building the right relationship , and nurturing the parts of it that are deemed “difficult” comes a plethora of opportunities.
Risk taking in my life was taught to me by my older sister , and in turn the relationship that I began to build with taking risks has played a major role in not only building personal success … but a complete lifestyle change. The journey that comes with the unknown has made me more mentally and emotionally equipped to take on any project with a the mindset that doesn’t coddle just one outcome. I feel that risk are not only inevitable to ones journey , but a key component to the very thing we’re all searching for … ‘happiness’.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began my journey as a Special Education teacher in Dallas, TX. It is one of my greatest accomplishments to impact the lives of students. This profession has led me to follow the many passions that I have. While teaching I would always advocate for my students to learn beyond the classroom … in fact it was my motto to live a lifelong learning experience! One day I decided to apply what I was advocating, and took a major risk to pursue my dream of becoming a professional model. While pursuing my dreams in a field of work where I would have to start from scratch, I reminded myself of the beauty in being multifaceted. I’m currently combining everything I love in life. While I continue to focus on building my portfolio, I’m also developing a nonprofit organization that advocates for romantic, and intimate relationships for adults on the Autism Spectrum. My nonprofit, Multitudes of the Spectrum is currently in development to provide local resources for sensory friendly dates that contribute to the happiness of this wonderful community. IG | @Multitudes_Spectrum. It is my hope to be a reminder that we really can do it all. I pray to inspire individuals to utilize all of their God given talents and passions. After all, God doesn’t create you so intricately to deny yourself of your gifts … DO IT ALL!
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’m a huge seafood lover , I would have to begin with a seafood throw down at shells and tails 2 geaux. This is a amazing black – owned business in the heart of Desoto! I would move in closer to Dallas and hit La Viuda Negra( Black Widow) …a small Speak Easy for a late night cocktail! Next the girls and I would enjoy a scenic walk at the beautiful White Rock Lake, and grab a coffee from Soiree coffee bar in Trinity Groves. Lastly I enjoy a classic Sunday Funday and would begin at Hudson House for brunch and head straight to the Drag Show at TNT in uptown!
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?
I am a true believer that every single person I’ve met and built relationships with has contributed to the growth of my character. I especially want to thank my sister Bryana Simms , whose guided me through the journey of risk taking. I would also like to credit the amazing women in our family who continue to break stigmas in the process of growth!
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