Meet the Artist: Lil Haiti

Born in Haiti and based in New York, Lil Haiti has been a part of the music industry since the age of five. His work includes singles dating back to 2015 such as “Good Vibe“, his albums The New Haiti (2017) and Trust the Process (2018), and his newest song “Where The Cap At” featuring Flipp Dinero

Lil Haiti’s music travels in time and tells stories of his life. In his new single, “Where The Cap At,” his lyrics, “If you talkin’ money, drop your Cash App,” refers to a time during the pandemic when he was providing financial support to his followers and fans via Instagram. He believes that music isn’t the only way he can help people, which is why he continues to work a 9-5 job on top of his music.

“I’m for the people. I’ll use my 9-5 money to feed whoever I need to feed and give back to the community. I want them to know that this is not from my label, this is from me.”

Lil Haiti

We even discussed his upcoming giveaway for single mothers that includes a day at the spa, a nice dinner, a meet-and-greet, and $300. “Whether you’re a nurse a teacher, any job, single moms need some time to themselves. Being a single parent is not easy and I wanted to give them a great time to have fun and relax.”

Lil Haiti has been helping others since he was a kid and will continue to do this for the rest of his life. His support doesn’t stop at the community but also includes other artists in the industry. One of his next career goals is to create his own label that will act as space for up-and-coming artists to gain the experience that they need to succeed. He believes in giving opportunities to young artists, especially those with similar backgrounds. 

“I feel like some people think that needing to work hard for so many years means you can’t help others in the process. But I think that knowing how hard it can be should give you even more reason to help others in similar situations. Give advice, make it easier for them. You don’t have to give the entire plan but at least help create the blueprint to start their own journey.”

Lil Haiti

With his years of experience, Lil Haiti has a few key strategies to succeed in music. He uses the analogy of building a house and says that much like a house, the music industry requires time, patience, and a strong foundation to make it to the top. 

“The music industry is not a fast cash, get-rich-quick scheme. Build a foundation so that when you have that one hit, you have nowhere to go but up because you already built something,” Lil Haiti explains. 

Lil Haiti is living proof that you can succeed in music and still stay true to yourself. He has a strong purpose to help his community while simultaneously living the life he wants. 

“I want to bring hope to others and show people that it’s possible to make it to the top by staying consistent, humble, and patient.”

Check out his new single “Where The Cap At” featuring Flipp Dinero and all of Lil Haiti’s music on Spotify and Apple Music! You can follow him on Instagram at @thereallilhaiti

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Straight Official Sits Down With DTB.Chris

  1. What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry? My name is DTB Chris and I’m from New York, I’ve really been interested in music since I was 5 years old, I started by doing musically until I decided to start rapping about a year ago

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? Many artists inspired me, the like of Nas, Tupac, Ski Mask, Polo G, and many other but specially XXXtentacion

3. How would you describe your sound?  I don’t really have a specific sound but trying to be different, I do some drill, but like guitar in most of my beats

4. What is your creative process like? I normally start with a beat and find a groove and create a story from there

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? There’s many of them I’d love to collab with, Polo G, Lil Baby, Da baby, Roddy Rich, etc…

6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? Believe in yourself in everything you do then others will follow

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? I play the Violin lol, no really I write great hooks

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? Basketball, been playing ball since 7 years old, and I was in a team until Covid  hits.

9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? XXXtentacion, Juice World  Because they were very creative with their music

10. What is the best advice you’ve been given?  To be myself when writing and tell stories

11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?  Wow that’s though, create opportunity for talented people who doesn’t get the support, because I am blessed to people supporting me because without I wouldn’t where I’m at now

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? I just want to continue to grow and make great music that people will enjoy

13. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? People can connect with me and follow me through Instagram @Dtb.Chris, my management @Dtbentertainmemt, my music is available on all platform

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Straight Official Sits Down With Young Yé

  1. What is your Name? Young Yé. I’m from the west side of queens Long Island city. Astoria to be exact.
  2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? Honestly my love for music inspires me to create it more than anyone or anything. The way it has the ability to change my mood. Make me reflect on a certain period in my life. Hints like that truly inspire me.
  3. How would you describe your sound? My sound has a vast range. There’s literally no type of music I won’t try and make so it varies. I have music that’s more on the side of r and b. Then I have music that’s more so drill. Then I have records that reflect the real hip hop soul. So I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a sound that I could give what I create.
  4. What is your creative process like? My creative process is rather simple honestly. It’s like mood oriented. Some days I’ll
    Be feeling drill other days I’m more inclined to lyricism. I may have an emotional day where I feel like singing. After I determine my mood it’s pretty much go time from that point on. The best is playing and I’m basically free styling til I get the right feel for a track. Once I get that I’ll more likely than not be done with it in the next 20 minutes. 
  5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? I’d love to collaborate with the greats. Such as nas jay z lil Wayne just so I can see what it’s like to have a lyrical bout with them. So I can kind of stamp my place in the game as far as lyricism goes. Then I’ve got artists that I’d love to turn up and make music with. Such as li baby, gunna, drake, that’s just to name a few. There’s plenty more though.
  6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? To my supporters I’d like to say thank you. You’ve been with me since the beginning and the road has been a long and bumpy one. I promise that the destination will be worth the journey.
  7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? A talent that people don’t know about is probably how good I am at football. When I used to play I was a wide receiver/ running back. Football was my first love before music.
  8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? It’s honestly hard to say because I can’t imagine myself not doing music. However if I wasn’t I’d probably be heavy into fashion. I’ve always been into designing things like sneakers and clothing. 
  9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? I can’t narrow it down because there are so many artists that I do admire in the game. I can say though that I look up to the ones who have truly made it about more than music. Those who have given us great music and used that platform Ronaldo provide us with great fashion. Provide us with a voice for social justice issues. Ventured into other business areas and gotten artists a seat at a table where they weren’t always invited to.
  10. What is the best advice you’ve been given? The best advice I’ve been given is to not try and put a time stamp on your success but isn’t for you to say when things will happen. They will take place when the universe sees the time fit.
  11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? if I could change anything about the industry I would want for labels to be more behind artists being creative than commercial. What they have to realize is that the consumers actually make the market so commercial is only what we feed into. That means commercial could honestly sound like anything with the right driving force behind it. I just wish artists could be left with creative control and freedom.
  12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? in the next year I see myself growing my fan base. Becoming a household name. Touring and doing plenty of shows.
  13. What is your social media? You can find me on Instagram @2dt_ye


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Meet the Artist: Zell’s World

Zell's World

Marzell Martinear, an artist known as Zell’s World, has been passionate about music since he was a teenager. In the past few years, Zell has taken this passion and created a style of music that he loves today. He credits his years of experience to the growth he has made in the music industry. As a well-seasoned artist, he has been able to study changes in music and use this knowledge to release songs that cater to all audiences. 

Zell’s World is an independent artist and has described his life as “born in Chicago, raised in Cincinnati, by way of Atlanta.” He developed a strong foundation in Cincinnati, studied the business of music in Atlanta, and has since been traveling between states to broaden his audience even further. His goal is to reach an international level and release music on every platform.

Zell's World

The key to Zell’s success? Staying humble and continuing to perfect his skill. When people compliment his progress, Zell tends to think, “I don’t think I’ve done enough,” which he believes motivates him to keep going until he is exactly where he wants to be, at his standards. When asked what advice he would give to new artists, he gave a valuable message:

“Don’t give up, always be consistent, quality over quantity, and never wait for anybody.” 

Being in the music industry does have its challenges. Zell’s view on relationships has changed since he began his career. “I would ask people to listen, share, like, love, post, anything to support my music and some just wouldn’t.” Some of his closest relationships have changed, yet, people he has never met have bought and shared his music as soon as it’s released. 

Zell gave a personal shout-out to his brother, Keith Marshall a.k.a. Keef N Nem, and his producer Evan, known as MamaNamedMeEvan. Keith is Zell’s closest friend and has been there to motivate and push him to be his best. When it comes to who he’ll be sharing his success with, Keith is at the top of the list. Evan produces a majority of Zell’s music and has also produced “All Hustle No Luck” by Easy Lantana, Pusha T, Bun B, Yo Gotti, “Blessing” by K Camp, and “Get Right” by Sammie. 

Even throughout Covid, Zell has successfully released his album, Zell’s World the Album, and his single, Put it 2getha with YDN. Put it 2getha is a “trendy sound for hip hop. The style, the swag, the overall message is unique,” Zell explains. It was originally a YouTube beat that Zell wrote lyrics to, mixed with YDN in Atlanta, and then his brother, Keef N Nem, recreated the whole beat, and essentially “put it together.” Zell’s next goal is to get Put it 2getha on an international platform. 

Put It 2getha

Check out this banger and all of Zell’s World music on Instagram, Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, and YouTube at @itszellsworld! 

By: Miya


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Big Sean recently sat down with wellness guru, Jay Shetty, for his On Puropse podcast. During this episode, the Detroit rapper talks about the powers of meditation and manifestation. He tells his story about meeting Kanye West as a teenager and how it was no coincidence. Instead, it was an idea that he had manifested for years and when the time came, he was prepared with the tools he needed.


Although Big Sean may have met Kanye West as a teenager, it was several years later before he would get his break into the mainstream music industry. During that time he experienced lows that led him to finally trust the advice of his mother, “what else do I have to lose?” says Sean. Big Sean’s mother would often provide motivational books for him to read. Exploring literature such as The Secret, would make a lasting impact on Sean’s outlook moving forward.

He focused on positive affirmations such as “I will” and “I am” instead of negative ones such as “I can’t.” In this interview, Big Sean mentions that “whatever you give to your God/Universe, They will give it right back to you. So if you say you ‘can’t’ do something, your God/Universe will assure that is the case.”


To manifest anything, you must reinforce the idea both internally and externally. Writing down your goal, taking steps towards it and literally speaking it into existence is the external part. Meditating so your subconscious reinforces the idea is the internal part. Big Sean covers a lot in this interview with Jay, but one reoccurring message he has is to meditate daily.

Meditation is something you can control, at any time. What do we stress about the most? Things we don’t have control over. Losing control of a situation is a very common cause for stress which can lead down a rabbit hole of mental and physical health problems.


Jay Shetty is a former Monk who would practice meditation 4-8 hours a day as an adult in his middle 20s. Big Sean is not suggesting we all become Monks and neither is Jay. 4-8 hours of meditation a day is intense and is practiced by those seeking the highest levels enlightenment. You will be surprised how your outlook will change with only 5-15 minutes of meditation a day.

Several mainstream artists such as the RZA, Jhene Aiko, and Above & Beyond have guided meditation available on major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and more. It’s so important to take control over your mental health in a time like this and it’s so easy to turn on some guided meditation to help give your energy purpose.


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Straight Official Sits Down With Demi Lo

1.What is your Name? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the
entertainment industry? I am Demi Lo from Memphis, Tennessee. I would say that writing songs and getting to record them in the studio definitely made me interested in the entertainment industry because I love seeing my talent/projects come to life!

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? What inspires me to create is the things that are going on around me, songs that I listen to, and conversations with my friends.

3. How would you describe your sound? I would describe it as R&B with a pop feel, but I do not want to limit myself to R&B, I would like to try all genres of music as well.

4. What is your creative process like? Normally, I would find a beat on YouTube that I really connect with then depending on what kind of vibe the beat gives off, I will write that type of vibe to the beat. After that, I would go to the studio and record it. Lastly, I would give the song to my producer so he could recreate a beat that fits my vocals. I do this so I will not share the same beat with anyone else and it will be original.

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? Artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, & Travis Scott because their all unique in their own way, they have great work ethics and every time I see these artists, I would always imagine working with them and being like them one day.

6. What is one message you would give to your supporters? A message I would give to my supporters is to never be afraid to live your dream because you only have one life to live so make it your best!

7. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about? A talent that people probably do not know I have is that I can act, and I am a writer. I have been in plays around the Memphis area and it is also something I love to do. I also write stories and plays.

8. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? I would be acting, and I would also love to be a movie director. Pitching shows and movies to different networks is also a dream that I hope to conquer.

9. Who are some artists/people you admire and why? Michelle Obama is the first black First Lady, which is so historical, and she is such an inspiration and uplifts black girls like me. I also admire Summer Walker. After all, I connect with her having social anxiety because I am also very shy, and I get nervous especially doing shows and performing in front of many people. I am currently growing out of it now, but she reminds me of myself when I first started performing.

10. What is the best advice you’ve been given? The best advice I have gotten was “Don’t be afraid of anything that will not kill you” meaning do not be afraid to perform and do not be afraid to follow your dreams. My mom also tells me to stay humble which is on the same level to me because I take these both to heart and they are very important to remember.

11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? The expectation for women because I do not feel like you should be nude or sexual for fame.

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? In the next year, I would like to see myself winning Grammy & Oscar awards, my music being international and people enjoying my music, performing around the world, and even landing tv/movie auditions.

13. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? My Instagram is demi_lo1, Twitter – DemiLo57, YouTube – Demi Lo, & Facebook – Demi Lo



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Interviews & Playlists Featuring Midwest Fleet

Prescription Vol. 1

With March coming in fast, Meet the Plug and Itsaswmpthing Media LLC are bringing new playlists to the table. Get ready for the hottest indie bangers from across the country presented by @youngnisa and @swmpthingdj

Various Artists - Your Prescription Vol. 1
Stream Your Prescription Vol. 1, and album by Various Artists. Featuring Bizzoe & Yalee, Rick Ross

Speaking of DJ Swmpthing, check out this interview with him by yours truly. We discussed his career path to DJing and what inspires him to do this amazing work.

As a writer, it was interesting to learn about this part of the music industry. DJing is an art form that requires not only an ear for music, but also knowledge of the audience, history of music, current hits, and much more. 

You can learn more about DJ Swmpthing in my article: 

DJ Swmpthing
Ohio Fleet Manager, Itsaswmpthing Media LLC

Look out for more interviews and playlists by Midwest Fleet! 

By: Miya

@swmpthingdj @youngnisa @meettheplug_tv #GETSOM

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New Artist to Watch : Roxanne Luciano – “Whole Lotta Ass”

Roxanne Luciano’s new Caribbean fused hip-hop single “RichRich” is out now. Rising to Fame, Luciano comes from a family of entertainers. Growing up in the music business, Luciano has met and worked with reputable artists across all genres. Staying true to herself, this dynamic artist has crossed over barriers and is killing the scene. So much so, the legendary Tony Mercedes, who’s career total sales excede over 80 million units is the driving force behind new comer Roxanne Luciano.

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Roxanne Luciano, I was born in Atlanta and raised in Los Angeles. I am 25 years old and pursuing my dreams in the music industry I also have done a bit of modeling and am also studying for a degree in Business Management.

When did you first fall in love with music, and how long have you been actively pursuing your dreams in music?
I’ve been in love with music all of my life. Whether its Rap, Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, etc, music has always been a passion to me. I come from a musical family. Music is therapy to me. Music has always been a passion of mine, but I have always been so afraid to let anyone hear me, but now I feel I’m ready to actually allow the world to see me in that light.

What differentiates you from other artists?
I am who I am and that is just that. I have always lived my life being raw, rich in spirit and rebellious. I’m not trying to be like anyone else other than me.

Are there any artists currently or before you that musically inspire you? If so, who and why?
There are definitely artists before me that inspire me such as Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Lil Wayne, MIA, Santigold, I can keep going on. As far as current goes, I honestly have to give that inspiration to the ladies because right now in this era, the Queens are all shinning in their own light.

What motivates you in and out of the booth?
I think the motivation just comes from a place of genuine passion. The motivation comes from me wanting to put my voice out into the world and in the studio, I am allowed to do that and I can open up and be myself without being afraid. That’s my motivation, fighting my own fears.

What are three things about you that would shock the public?
1. I am also working on a food business.

2. I am extremely shy.

3. I wish I could clone myself. lol

What do you feel you contribute to the culture as an artist?
I feel that I contribute something that is not seen enough, in my opinion especially being a woman. I feel like I can contribute not only a place for rapping but also a place for singing and just expressing myself in so many different ways musically.

What’s next for you musically?
Musically I want to hit any and every avenue that I can. I don’t just want to be labeled as one genre type artist. I want to channel outlets that I never thought I could in this industry.

How can those looking to book you make contact?
Anyone who is looking to book me can contact my manager at

How can we keep up with you?
I honestly plan to be all over the place so I just hope y’all will be able to keep up! =) As of now you can find me on IG @officialroxanneluciano, twitter and more coming soon.

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Featured Artist: Bigg Tiny

1.What is your Stage Name? Please tell us where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry? .My Name is Bigg Tiny I’m from pomona California I started doing music with my influence from my cousin R. I.P. he was the artist I was the hustle he got killed from police brutality and one of my Og homies Boleggs R. I.P. had a studio In the neighborhood I used to be In when I was young back then I was more into gang banging

2. Who and/or what inspires you to create? God first inspires me and the lifestyle I came from how I grew up without a father In a single a parent home

3. How would you describe your sound? My sound is unorthodox I sound like me and Pomona California.

4. What is your creative process like? I like to marinate with the beat at times or just go in a zone and write everything off the brain

5. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with? I would like to collaborate with E-40 one of my idols Big Snoop Dogg of course Scarface, Ice Cube, Yo Gotti, MoneyBagYo, Ricky Rozay, The Game

6. If you could open a show for any artist who would it be? Stay Tuned In with me I got sum heat dope content for you Westside

7. What is one message you would give to your supporters? I like to cook and I’m kinda good at it lol

8. What is the most useless talent you have? Probably In another state or in the set with homies

9.  What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music? I admired E-40, Mac Dre, Master P, Jay Z, Yo Gotti,Nipsey Hussle R. I.P because they all came in the industry Independently like myself

10. Who are some artists you admire and why? Stay at it be genuine stick to my program level up every year

11.  If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? More Gangsta Rap

12. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year? I would like to see myself going up on billboards showing the world my consistency getting my brand familiar

13.  What Is your social media ? How can people contact u ?

My social media is Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter, Tik Tok you can reach me on there @biggtiny or my gmail

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I had the pleasure of chatting  with the official Dentist to the Stars, Dr. Catrise Austin. She has done the teeth to countless celebrities and is most well known for fixing Cardi B’s teeth. The famous line “Got a bag and fixed my teeth” was indeed about Dr. Catrise. As soon as we started to talk, her energy was off the charts and her good vibes were contagious.


Good Morning Dr. Catrise, what is your exact title and where did you graduate from?

I am a Dentist. DDS which stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery. I attended University of Maryland, Baltimore, and University of Michigan Undergrad. I graduated from dental school in 1996.

Where is your practice located?

I have an office in New York as well as an office in my home town Flint, Michigan. I do travel back and forth but I am at my office in New York a little more.

How did you get your title of Dentist to the Stars?

When I got to New York in 1996, New York was on fire. It was the prime-time Golden Age of hip hop with Puffy running the city. We had Biggy, the Wu Tang Clan and all of these people who were really making their mark on the city. Def Comedy Jam and other comedy clubs were in their prime. Every Sunday I would go to the Boston Comedy Club. It was only five dollars to get in. Which was right up my ally in terms of budget because I was a new broke dentist. Sundays were Black Comedy Night and all these new upcoming comedians like Tracy Morgan, a young Mike Epps, a young Chris Rock and a young Kevin Heart would perform. This was my hangout spot every Sunday. As I started to come regularly, I started to meet comedians and they literally became like my family. We would do comedy on Sundays and bowling every other Monday. The cool part of all this was, comedians usually open up for musical acts. So, I found myself meeting people in the music industry. My intentions had been to stay in New York for only a year but these entertainers convinced me to stay and build my practice in New York.  This is when I developed my name DR. Catrise: Dentist to the Stars. This was before I even had my own building to practice. At that time, I didn’t have one celebrity client but as long as I was moving in the clubs and being around these entertainers they would know who I was and what my aspirations were.

“You know what, this may be my one shot to meet this legendary artist”

One day I had a big moment. There was a restaurant that Puffy use to own. He would turn it from a restaurant to a club at night. All the major celebrities would be there every Tuesday. One night I seen this legendary musical artist named Isaac Hayes sitting and having dinner. I thought to myself  “you know what, I may only have this one shot to meet this legendary artist”. So, I went over there and interrupted his dinner and gave him my pitch. I told him who I was and handed him my card. He looked at me and said “ummm, young lady I have never seen a dentist that looks like you”. He then invited me to sit down and by the end of our conversation he decided he was going to be my client. He also decided I would be in his entourage and he was going to take me everywhere. He took me to the Grammy’s, the Black Film Festival, he was on the radio and would do promo for me, and eventually I got an office space. That is how I got my start.

After that point I decided to get a publicist. At this time having a publicist was not very popular and a dentist having one was unheard of. My mom told be to call Eddie Murphy’s publicist Terry Williams. I called her and she was really nice. She loved the idea but she explained that I wouldn’t be able to afford her. She did however give me the number to her friend Rene Foster. She said I can probably afford her. I called Rene and she actually needed dental work, so we made a barter. I gave her dental services in return for her being my publicist. She put me out there publicly and that really took my career to the next level.

When did you really feel like you really made it?

Once you get one celebrity on your roster it just gets easier and easier. I ended up getting Mona Scott Young as a client. At that time, she was managing all the major hip hop artists and she started sending all her artists my way. That is how I really grew my clientele over the years.

About 20 years later Cardi B was on Love and Hip Hop, everyone was talking about her smile and how bad it was. Mona called me and said “we have got to get Cardi B’s smile together”. That relationship from 20 years ago turned into the greatest life changing makeover ever. Cardi B even rapped about it in her song. The line “Got a bag and fixed my teeth” forever changed my life. After that song hit number one, I had TMZ calling me the next day. I called my mom and told her “I made it!”. This is a testament of how important relationships are and treating people right. You just never know how it can come back and completely change your life.

You have a training program correct? Tell me all about that

Yes! When the pandemic hit last year I started noticing a lot of people were struggling. So, I wanted to teach something that I know can help people start businesses. The teeth whitening business is a 11.4 billion dollar industry. As of 2015 the industry opened up to non dental professionals. I started to notice that non dentists were learning it from other non dentists. I felt if people are going to learn the business they need to learn it from a dentist and the best. That is me! So I made a program that takes you from A to Z of the business. I have the courses online and you can also do them in person in either of my locations. You get me for 8 hours and you walk away with your equipment and everything you need to start your business. The online course is $497.00 and the in person is $1,897. I am also a wholesaler. I sell everything my students need as well as have my own product line. I also give people the opportunity to sell my products for their businesses through their own website or shopify. There are so many different revenue streams that someone can get out of this program.

This interview really left me with so much information and inspiration. Her story is a true testament of relationships and is an excellent example of why valuing relationships in the industry is so important.  Make sure you check her out on social media and her website links.

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