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

Hi Destinee, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I have learned the importance of discipline and consistency. Sticking to my routine helps so much with work & life balance, it helps my productivity and allows me not to stress when things happen unexpectedly. I am able to prioritize assignments and deadlines to make sure I’m staying on top of everything, especially being a one woman team right now.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I didn’t set out to become an artist manager. Shanandolan was rebranding herself and saw my work ethic & potential. Our work relationship grew and she asked me to be her manager. From there, I became a student of the music business. Just looking for ways to learn, network & take risks. I am most excited about what’s next. I feel like a lot of the foundational work has been set. Both artists working on major projects and I am seeing my love of music and events collides. It has not been easy, I don’t believe much worth having comes easy, but I do try to find joy in the journey of the process instead of getting hung up on the trials. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is bet on yourself. No matter how together someone looks, they started from somewhere and you’ll never get to where you want to be if you never start moving. I hope anyone that comes in contact with me sees my heart for service and people above anything else.

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?
I like to eat so we would definintly go to The Breakfast Bar one day for breakfast. Black Jack Pizza, Southside steaks & Catfish Connection are must haves for lunch or dinner. we could catch a movie at Alamo DraftHouse and end the week in Deep Ellum for brunch and Sunday Funday.

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 have to shout out God because without Him, I am nothing and I would’ve quit a long time ago. I must shout out my artists, Shanandolan & Leo Rain, they saw & believed in my potential and took a chance on me and we have been rocking out ever since. Lastly, my tribe, they keep me encouraged on the hard days, support me without ask and hold me accountable.

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Image Credits
JCI Creatives, Shaun Jackson

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