A Mother’s Day – a day when we honour our mother’s. It’s a beautiful and a special day to all mother’s all over the world, even though in different countries Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days. Anyway, it doesn’t change the fact that we’re celebrating our beloved moms. We, Small Green Shoots are extremely proud to have an incredibly hardworking and very positive young mum Makeda McMillan on our team. She’s project coordinator working on several projects representing us Small Green Shoots. Makeda has a beautiful son Terell who’s 6 at the moment.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, we sat down with Makeda and asked her a couple of questions about her experience in the arts and what encouraged her to get into the arts.
What encouraged you to pursue a career in the arts?
I’ve always known I wanted to do something in the arts from as early as 14 but was always told by others that it would never be a career, especially when I got pregnant at 17. I was told a normal admin or retail job is what I should be doing. But what encouraged me was my passion for the creative arts and also showing my son he can do anything he puts his mind too.
What is your favourite part about working in the arts?
The diversity! Every day there is something new and exciting happening and I get to be a part of putting that together. It’s about being expressive and different, and I love that.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in the past?
Balancing being a young single mother and beating the stereotypes. Trying to be a career woman and a hands-on parent comes with its challenges that I still face daily.
How do you manage being a mom and working?
I’m lucky enough to have a support system who really believe in my career path I’ve chosen and understand the example I’m trying to set for my child. Also, being resilient and disciplined in my goals and the reason behind why I’m doing it. Reminding myself of this when things get tough is what Drives me to push through.
What do you have planned for the future?
I hope to continue on this journey that I have been on for the past 10 years and show my son there’s so many opportunities in life that all you need is ambition and dedication and you can achieve it. It’s also a good feeling to prove people wrong! Ha.
Where do you see yourself in a year’s time?
I’m starting to create my own website at the moment, which will give me a platform to start doing more freelance work and maybe even start my own company one day. This will allow me to create a legacy for myself and also enhance my skills as I am always keen to keep learning. It will also give me the flexibility I need being a full-time mum. I also plan to move to a better area, so my son will have a better chance in life and grow up with more opportunities and amazing experiences that I didn’t have growing up.