“Success actually forced me to make a decision.”
February 14, 2018
"I'm Candy Washington and I'm a Social Media Influencer. I grew up in upstate New York with four older sisters and my mom my father passed away when I was little so she had to raise us all by herself.
I'm really really inspired by her. She was just an amazing woman. She definitely showed me the blueprint for what it meant to be strong and independent and smart.
I always loved storytelling and I always loved writing but I definitely had this fear of saying “That's what I want to do.” It was safe to put my passion on the side because then I didn't have to own it.
Success actually forced me to make a decision. I had booked a national commercial while I was in New York and simultaneously I was promoted at my job. We all have a certain level of capacity, a certain level of passion and a certain level of commitment and intention that you can bring to anything and if you spread yourself too thin, you're doing yourself, and anything you're trying to do, an injustice. So I got to the point where I was like I can no longer do this. I need to make that choice.
When it comes to looking back at where I started—just a little girl writing plays at church and having no connection whatsoever to fashion or entertainment or any of that.
It's extremely humbling. I would like to tell other young people looking to do their passion or to go into a creative field to not give up and to believe in yourself.
It sounds very cliche but to know that you're worthy and you're worth it and you deserve to live the life that you see for yourself."