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Life & Work with Dakota Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dakota Williams.

Hi Dakota, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Throughout my life, my family and I moved a lot, my mom got bored easily. So, throughout most of my middle school and high school life, I did school online which gave me the ability to travel more often. Even when I was in school from the brief period of 8th-10th grade, I still was always on the move, but I was so lost in terms of what my skills were and what I wanted to be in life.

Around the age of 16, I was in a rough place family and friend-wise, and the big heavy set thing on my mind was the heart surgery that I needed. Despite all this weight, I got my first ever modeling job which changed my entire outlook on life. I started getting involved more in fashion and media and eventually got a following. It was through this that I realized social media was something I was good at and succeeded.

By the time college came around, I found a school that recently added a social media management program at the Savannah College of Art and Design which is where I am currently at now. Since I loved to travel so much and it was becoming popular for “influencers” to show their travels, I thought I would start myself.

So, that’s where I currently am today.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would definitely say the road has had some road bumps along the way. When I was about 16/17 years old, I went through some issues, my parents got divorced, and as mentioned before I had to get heart surgery.

I was certainly at a hold in my life because those are two big life events for a teenager to experience. Health challenges have increased my anxiety since now, I actually have a pacemaker (which is very rare for a twenty-year-old).

I try to keep a positive attitude about everything to smooth out the road. Even though these were roadblocks, I think they actually made me a stronger person with a more direct view of life.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My work is mostly creative on social media. I think that social media is such a rapidly growing platform and almost everything is being switched to media.

I recently started my platform called “Pretty In Pace” which is a travel blog written by a college-age student. I go to places that I know people aged 19-24 will enjoy, of course as I get older that age range will change. My platforms include Instagram and TikTok which I believe are the two best places to start.

I am most proud of how I came up with this idea and my journey to make this platform. I was so stuck on what I wanted to do and now it just feels right to me.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
One thing that people are surprised about is where I got the name for my brand.

Pretty in Pace is of course a play on words to “pretty in pink”, so I incorporate fashion and travel into my work. The pace part of it has a double meaning, one for travel and the other is that I have a pacemaker!

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