I have had the pleasure to work with today’s Spotlight Mrs. Kiara Craft. Years ago a good friend of mine wrote and produced a stage-play that Kiara and I both were involved in. Working in stage-plays you get the chance to connect and make extended family of sorts with some incredible people and I consider Kiara to be one of those people.
Growing up in a family with a musical background and being in music professionally myself at one time, one thing I know is that there are a great deal of singers out here. Having that musical background, another thing I know is it takes much more than being able to sing to be successful in the music industry. Many people can sing, but not every one of them can produce hit songs. Not many of them have the character, endurance or personality to last in the business. However, Kiara has all of these things working in her favor.
I’ve always admired Kiara not only for her talent, but also as a wife, mother and businesswoman. I’ve admired her love for her family, for unapologetically being herself and her drive to be successful in every arena of life. She has the business acumen, work ethic and most of all the support system needed to be successful, in my opinion.
It’s my sincere pleasure to share Kiara and have her represent the Dirty South here at the club. Read more about what inspired her to go for it at this stage in life and what she loves most about the Dirty South!
What’s your name & where are you from: My name is Kiara Craft. I am originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, but I was raised in Houston, Texas.
What do you do & what inspired you to do it: I am a recording artist. From as far back as I can remember, this is what I’ve wanted to do. What inspired me to go for it at this stage in life is the desire to push harder and live an authentic life, filled with experiences that bring me joy.
Best business or personal advice you’ve ever received: The best advice that I’ve received came from my mother. She told me, “All you can do, is all you can do.” That stays with me. I feel that most of our regrets in life come because we know that we could have done or given a little bit more. But, when you do your best, and give your all, your soul can be at ease because you know that there is really nothing more that you can do–and it’s easier to accept your fate. I love that she told me that.
Favorite thing to do for fun: My favorite thing to do for fun is to kick it with my husband and my kids. When we’re together it’s like the world stops. We laugh, and joke, and just have a good time together. I’m blessed to have them.
Any words of advice or encouragement for those who wish to follow in your footsteps: I know that this statement is gonna sound cliché, but the best advice that I can give to anyone is to believe in yourself. If no one else believes in you, you believe in you. This is your life, your human experience, and you deserve to live it to the fullest.
What do you love most about the Dirty South: What I love most about the Dirty South is the humanity. There is something special about our “Southern Hospitality”. When I’m away from home, I miss it. There’s an easy way about us that makes our light shine the brightest. We have a certain appreciation for family and the life that is all around us.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kiara Craft
Connect with Kiara here.