Pennie for Your Thoughts
Pennie is a woman of many talents and she does not plan to be confined into a box. She’s experienced what it means to have everything and what it means to have nothing, and through it all she’s learned to be a fighter and a go-getter. It’s not often that you encounter individuals who can boldly say: “I am the happiest I have ever been with the least amount of money that I have ever had.” Yet, Pennie has managed to find true real happiness, that money cannot add to or strip away.
Learn more about Pennie, in our exclusive interview with her below as she talks about her past experiences, how she landed an internship with Karen Civil, and her plans for the future. By stepping out her comfort zone, she landed a better zone – as she puts it.
What past experiences shaped you into the woman you are today?
This is a great question and there are so many different experiences positive and negative that have shaped me into the woman that I am today. I truly believe that negative situations can have the most positive impact on your life, if you handle them correctly. Towards the end of my college career, my mother fell into a deep depression. It was so painful to see such a strong figure in my life so weak. I get my work ethic, positivity, and communications skills from her so to see her in a state of depression was almost unbearable. I am not ashamed to admit that I was raised in an amazing home and did not have to work for much, I lived “The Sweet Life” as Frank Ocean would call it. My mother had to stop practicing law after she fell into depression because work was one of the main factors that contributed to her depression. We were no longer able to afford a lot of the things we were used to and I had to learn how to provide for myself. I would always say I wish I had a “hustling” bone in my body because I really didn’t have to work, so I had no idea how to hustle or make my own money. This situation forced me into getting it by any means necessary, without this switch up in my life I would not be as ambitious as I am today. I would still be getting everything handed to me. Now, I don’t have a choice but to be successful for my mom, my family, and myself. Losing everything taught me that material things truly mean nothing. A lot of people think that once they get money they will be happy but that is not the truth. I am the happiest I have ever been with the least amount of money that I have ever had. When everything is stripped away from you, you are forced to look deep down inside for your happiness. That happiness trumps any vacation, floor seat to a concert, or pair of shoes. This happiness feels real and nobody can take it away from me because I built it with my trials and tribulations—and it’s real.
Another amazing experience that shaped me into the woman that I am today was when I interned for digital media mogul Karen Civil! This experience made me truly believe that anything is possible if you listen to your heart and work hard. I had just graduated college and had plans on applying to medical school to become a Psychiatrist. I was finishing up a couple of classes at UHD and decided to not follow through with that plan because my heart wasn’t in it. I literally left my chemistry class and never came back, with plans to go full force into media/entertainment and to get my masters instead. My family did not understand what I was doing but I knew in my heart that I would be okay. A month or two later, I got the opportunity to intern for Karen during her “Be You and Live Civil” college tour. It was an amazing experience and it almost felt surreal that I was in that position so quickly. It was huge milestone in my career that led me to so many other amazing opportunities. I stepped out of my comfort zone and landed in a better zone. This experience taught me to follow my intuition, take risks, and how to truly trust God and my process.
What made you choose public relations as a career choice?
This is a really interesting question because although PR is a part of my brand, it is not my career choice and people always assume that it is because I am well connected and have played that role before but it is not my career choice. I find it difficult to give a direct answer to the question “What do you do?” because I do a lot. Coming into this field my goal was and always has been to do radio or TV as a personality. In Houston, Texas, there are limited opportunities when it comes to positions as an on-air talent or TV personality because we are a Top 10 market and years of experience in other markets are a must. I had no real background in the field other than my YouTube talk show “The Continuous Conversation” and my educational background is psychology and biology, no broadcast journalism/communication at all. So, while I was building my experience from the ground up, I began to fall into internships and jobs in promotions, non-profit, event production, social media, writing and public relations. I am grateful that I have experience in a wide variety of things because that makes me multidimensional. I hate being labeled because that places limits on how people see me and what they think I can do. I never want to be put into a career box because I am capable of so much and I am continuously growing and evolving, I want to be able to do whatever my heart desires. To conclude, PR is a part of my brand. I love to help people gain the exposure that they deserve. If I can connect you, I got you!
What do you love most about blogging and why do you blog?
I love blogging because it is a platform for the world to see my work. I started blogging so that I could have a portfolio for future employers but it turned into so much more than that. My blog is where I share my work, express my thoughts, and share my experiences. “Pennie For Your Thoughts” is a humanistic, critical, transparent and bright outtake on mass media, people, and culture. When it comes to mass media, a lot of people are senseless robots – not thinking from and with their heart. I want to be the one who does and who helps others do the same. I strive to be an advocate for humanity and truth. I aim to dig deeper and connect with the subject at hand on many different levels that will resonate and ignite something within each viewer. After every piece, I want my viewers to leave entertained, but I also want them to take away something positive to use in their everyday life. I want my blog to end cyber-bullying, systematic racism, depression, suicide, addictions, and self-hate. I want my blog to change the way people think, and in return that will make our world a better place.
Who are some people you look up to and why?
I look up to my mother Josephine Anassi, my mentor Jillian Simmons, Karen Civil, and Yes Julz because they all embody real hard working woman, with real stories who use their platform to change the world for the better.
What are some of the goals you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I want to have a job with a major media/entertainment platform, complete my masters, and continue to grow “Pennie For Your Thoughts.”
To learn more about Pennie visit her on Instagram @PenniePeace.