Day 22: Carole Hollant

Growing up with people can be so rewarding. You get to watch them evolve. I’ve known Carole since I was a gap-toothed shawty and back then I would’ve sworn she would’ve pursued an acting career (although its certainly not out of the question 👀). We reconnect at FIU orientation and it was such a rewarding feeling to see her in her cap and gown because she fought so many obstacles to get there.

Carole does a lot so it’s hard to define. Event production. Entertainment. She’s definitely an ally in the arts, and bigger than even that she’s my hero for her work with Hatian Children’s Initiative because through her philanthropy she opened my eyes that I didn’t have to wait for success to help those in need. It had always been a major dream of mine to do so but I felt like it was a step I’d have to take after I reached a certain level of success.

And we need more of that, more local heroes, more women showing us that we ALL can, and we can do it right now, whatever it is.


What industry are you in currently?

Production, Entertainment & Arts

Is your industry one usually dominated by women? How did you fight stigmas?

When I think about it, the majority of the big projects that I’ve worked on were

headed by men. Women like myself were delegated important positions but my

male counterparts were given titles and trusted with more responsibility than I

was… time and time again and it’s not like they were any more qualified than me.

Except for iiiPoints which is ran by some BOSS CHICKS: Lyly & Ashley!

What are you most proud of at the moment?

This one is hard. I’m proud of the awesome opportunities that I’ve made the most

out of but I know I’m not even in my final form yet. I have so much more to learn

before I’m really proud of myself.

How big a role has your culture and gender played in your journey?

I want to say that my culture is really the driving force for everything that I do. I try

to only work on stuff that I’m really excited/passionate about. I’m drawn to

anything Caribbean and Dade County. Luckily that’s landed me a variety of

opportunities.

Any major life events in the last 6 months you’re working through? 

My baby sister who I shared a room with my whole childhood, joined a section of

the Army that only recently allowed women to join: 13BRAVO. Her absence and

not being able to talk to her for months at a time has been so hard! I’ve gained

like 20lbs since she left. She’s usually the person that OK’s my outfits and

makeup before I leave the house. Now she’s driving tanks and using military

time in our family group chats.

What is your version of success? When will you say you’ve “made it”?

I don’t feel like I’m done being a student yet. I want to keep growing and

becoming more of a resource. I definitely won’t feel accomplished until I have my

doctorates.

What’s one thing you’ve realized with age/time in the industry? (and want other

women to realize as well)

Stay true to yourself. Trying to impress people or flauging won’t get anyone to

trust you with anything actually worth working on. Also some of the coolest gigs

that I’ve gotten were coupled with sweat and bullshit.

Love or success? Should you have to choose?

Love AND success and health and happiness and everything that anyone could

ever want. Never ask a man to chose you over his success and vis a versa.

Anything specific you’d want to talk about?

BUY ART. Everyone. Expose yourself to different work and figure out what it is

that you like instead of settling for what’s cool at the moment. Actually support

artists and creatives. If you go to a party to “support”, buy a drink.

-FEMALE ARTISTS THAT I LOVE FOLLOWING ON IG

@millimisa @allisonbouganim @kaylin_garcia @distortedd_ @jihannataylor


Any new endeavors you’d like to promote?

The Lunchbox is a new creative space that I’m co-managing in Little Haiti with

my fellow boss babe @meli.anndrea. Our team produces art shows, parties and

creative content. You can check it out March 30 th for the Miami Trap N Paint!

Right now, I’m excited for @lunchiebaby to drop @ayenaomi &

@oglaylajohnson’s music. They’re a girl group from Florida and their music feels

like The Power Love Hour in like 2000. The Lunchbox produced their visuals and

content.

Im sure your sister not being around is hard, but what positives has it brought to you or how does it encourage you? 

I’ve seen her overcome so much in the couple of months that she’s been

enlisted. She reminds me that no matter what factors are against me, I have to

“ponerme las pilas”.

How do you give back to women coming up that are younger or in a position you

used to be in? 

I’d like to think that I inspire women to love their curvy bodies and poofy hair. For

the most part, I push the younger women that I know to focus on their studies.

I’ve kind of adopted my sister’s friends in her absence and even some of my

friend’s younger siblings. I make all of my resources known and available to

them.


You can keep up with her endeavors follow her @trippythick or @LUNCHBOXINTL

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