Learn the Craft (with Ruth E. Carter) – Episode 30 of Rants & Randomness

My people! Welcome to this episode of Rants & Randomness! I’m Luvvie, your side-eye sorceress, and in each episode I’m bringing you the things I’m loving, the things that I’m side-eyeing, and interviewing amazing people.

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On this episode, I’m feeling good about Myleik Teele’s MyTaughtYou Retreat. I’m ranting about how it’s important for us to work just as hard for black women and our friends; and I’m spotlighting the Do Better Academy, which is my online school where I teach people how to do better in professional and business ways. My interview is with Ruth Carter, costume designer extraordinaire, legendary costume designer.

Feel Good

I’m feeling so good about the all the Noir pixie dust goodness that I was sprinkled in, and sprinkled on by my fellow boss sisters at Myleik’s MyTaughtYou Retreat in Cancun, Mexico. Myleik Teele is the founder of a company called Curl Box. This subscription company makes sure they send products to help black women’s hair every month. Last year she started doing this retreat to create a luxury event and luxury experience for black women who have something of value to bring into a room. And I think it’s really important for us to amplify things like that because I wanted people to see what it was like when you gave yourself permission to have nice things, even if only for four days.

My Rant

My rant this week is related to the MTY Retreat in that a big topic covered there was about how important it is to work just as hard for our friends, or for young people, or for black women who are our bosses. Oftentimes we hold unconscious biases, even about our people. So, a lot of us have experienced hiring people who talk a good game, and then, on the job you can tell they only bring their half game. And they’ll show up late and not hold themselves accountable. They’ll just do sloppy work and not worry about the fact that they do sloppy work. But those same people will work for white men and white women and show up correct.

My Randomness

My spotlight this week is the Do Better Academy. It is something I am really, really excited about. And it is my new venture. For years, I have been passionate about teaching people the things that I know. I’ve been a digital strategist for the last 10 years and I have been a speaker for the last nine years. And one of my gifts is my ability to relay big information in understandable bites to people in ways that allows them to connect. So, the Do Better Academy is a school that I’m launching, an online school that you can take from anywhere in the world that teaches people business development and career things, and concrete takeaways that they can use starting today to better their professional lives. I’m spotlighting this for you because I really think you would love to be a part of this. It’s going to be really valuable.

My Guest: Ruth E. Carter

This week, my guest is Ruth E. Carter. Ruth E. Carter’s unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character has made her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers today.

She’s the 2019 Academy Award winner for best costume design for her work on Black Panther. Making history as the first African American to win in that category. She’s also garnered two additional Academy Award nominations for Spike Lee’s, Malcolm X, and Steven Spielberg’s, Amistad, as well as an Emmy Nomination for 2016 for the reboot of Roots, which was amazing.

She’s worked in the industry for over three decades and has been created with over 40 films and counting. Collaborated with Spike Lee on over 10 films. Ruth, you received the Career Achievement Award in excellence in scifi fantasy film from the Costume Designer’s Guild. And the Critics Choice Award for best costume design.

In this episode, we are talking about following a winding and unexpected road to success, and the importance of being flexible and learning your craft as you go.

You can follow Ruth on Instagram at @TheRealRuthECarter. As always, much love to the Chicago Recording Company, where I record each episode!

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