Shaquandra Jamison really is every woman #ChakaKhanVoice (or #WhitneyHoustonVoice if you prefer). The Flint, MI native, who currently resides in Los Angeles with her 20 month old daughter Madison, is the blueprint for how to blend baby life and adult life seamlessly. Plus, she has her priorities in place all because of some pretty awesome advice, “never cry over something that won’t cry over you.” Read more about the awesomely, amazing Quan below!
What is your favorite thing to do with your daughter?
My favorite thing to do with my daughter is play around with her toys, especially her musical instruments. I noted early on that she loves to dance and loves music so I try to make it fun for her. We’ll play around with drums, guitars, microphone, piano, trumpet and just act silly. You name it, she has it.
How about without her?
There’s not really much I do without my daughter. Believe it or not I really LOVE being a mom and doing things with the kiddo. It’s almost like re-living my childhood. But one of my favorite things to do without her is to hang out at the comedy club or lounge; Have a few classy cocktails and get a little ratchet with my friends for an hour or two.
Not only are you a SASY mom, but you kick butt in business, too! Tell our readers about the many professional hats you wear.
My “benefits job” as we like to call it, is working as an Accountant for the largest international middle-market public accounting firm. Living in Los Angeles, I also have the pleasure of working with different celebrities and athletes outside of working for the Firm. I have my own small business “Accounting4Entertainers” where I consult with clients in regards to finances – anywhere from business plans, taxes, budgeting, etc. I’m also dabbling in the “Momager” world. I’ve been convinced that my daughter has a money-making face, and I’m NOT the one to turn down a coin if it’s “good” money. So we’ve been working with an Agency on getting her face in a few ads and commercials. I’m a little skeptical though, because these child-entertainers grow up to be crazy as hell and are almost deprived of their childhood. So I’m keeping my soul anchored in Jesus with this whole entertainment thing.
What advice would you give to other mothers trying to achieve balance between career and personal life?
One of my biggest pet peeves prior to having Madison, was people telling me what MY life would be like as a mom. Everyone’s journey is different, everyone’s lifestyle is different. The main advice I have is to do what makes YOU happy not what everyone else says SHOULD make you happy. As a career mom it is challenging trying to succeed in a male-driven profession. So my biggest help in ensuring that my career didn’t skip a beat due to motherhood was to build a strong village. I have people around me that I can trust, who understand and respects my thoughts and views as a Mom. Having that strong village eases your worry and allows you to focus on work when you need to. One of the partner’s at my firm gave advice that I would never forget in terms of work. She’s one of the few female partners in the firm, and she said to me “never cry over something that won’t cry over you”. So I put that in perspective: would my job cry over me?? No. Would my daughter cry over me?? Everyday. So that is who should always come first. Always.
What has been your most embarrassing moment as a mom?
My most embarrassing moment as a mom was hearing my daughter curse. From that moment on, I knew I REALLY had to watch what I said in front of her. Madison was walking through the hallway and taking big steps like she was stomping to a beat, and with every step she nodded her head side to side singing “ohh sh*t”, “ohhh sh*t”. Luckily only I knew what she was trying to say so I was able to play it off. That seems to be my favorite saying whenever I make a mistake, realize I’m running late, or forgot something. So when I heard her saying it my mouth dropped. I had to be quick on my feet so I picked her up to put an end to her walking melody, and I started singing “Old McDonald had a farm” as that seemed to be the only song that started with “oh”.
And since we’re StilettosAndSippyCups.com, we have to ask…what is your favorite pair of stilettos?!
My favorite pair of Stilettos is my Christian Louboutin Amor Leather Platform Ankle Boots. They make me feel tall, sexy, and powerful. I turn into catwoman when I walk in those shoes. As much as they cost they better make me feel like a Superhero.
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