About founder & owner of Moms In The Industry:
I am from Washington D.C. and was raised in Upper Marlboro, MD. I biasly had one of the best upbringings that one could imagine for a child. Though, with every good there comes a little bad. Unfortunate circumstances took flight in my young adult journey with the passing of my mother Michelle Ricks, and I set out on a quest to fulfill my destiny as she fulfilled hers.
I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career in acting and singing. Moving with great strides in wake of such a tragedy I have appeared on television shows and commercials, wrote songs and created music on a broad scale. I also became a published writer and have worked behind the scenes as a creative director, producer and assistant. However, my greatest accomplishment was yet to be achieved until now.
I found out I was pregnant as I was just getting ready to embark on the next phase of my career. Though, excited about the blessing for my family, I felt fear and doubt begin to creep in about the career I worked so hard for. I made a vow to myself, husband, and unborn daughter that I still had purpose that needs fulfilling and this blessing was just another part of it. Once making that decision, I quickly began to notice how others in the “industry” viewed pregnant women as completely incapable. Having had received support from only a selected few, I still saw that some felt that a mother’s dream is now over because she chose to have a family. I noticed that calls and invites to events became fewer and work schedules were shortened drastically, at the time when I needed work the most. I felt the doors of opportunities that were once opening for me were now closing. Ready to consider my blessing something less fortunate, I remembered that nothing was given to me by this industry that I love, therefore not one thing can be taken away that is solely meant for me. I hope that by creating this movement of “Moms In The Industry ” we can come together and help one another survive in a world that seems less excepting of motherhood. My hope is to show that becoming a mother is a beautiful occurrence no matter what industry your dreams put you in. We are the epitome of what it is to be capable.
It’s going to be fun proving the naysayers wrong while supporting other moms in the industry do the same.
“You can have a family and your dreams too!”- M.E.