Voices of Positive Change: “You can’t be what you can’t see” – Marian Wright Edelman
Zahara's Dream Interview with Malia Baker, Actress, Canada
What was your first dream?
My first dream as a kid was to be a president or a spy haha! I have always known that I wanted to make an impact for our world. It has always been a gut feeling, a knowing. I feel I am doing so on the amazing platform I have gained and I am so grateful for!
2. What does #empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment means to me so many things! It means standing up for what you believe in and making your voice heard. It means to be yourself and not let anything stop you from achieving your dream. It also means making sure that you take care of yourself and setting up a goal to work for!
3. What does #opportunity mean to you?
Opportunity means to me new beginnings. You should take every opportunity you can get and do your best with it to see what your potential is!
4. How do you start your day to achieve the objectives you have set for yourself?
I start my day with positive affirmations and writing in a journal. I usually tell myself three goals I want to achieve on that day and reflect on three things I achieved yesterday (however big or small). It’s so important to take care of yourself!!
5. How can mentoring benefit young women and girls?
Mentoring can benefit young women and girls by giving them a chance to see what someone’s capable of, especially if they can see pieces of themselves reflected in their mentor. It can also give them a chance to find out more about what they want to do and to learn new things within a safe space to do so - supportive, encouraging and empowering!
6. How do you manage disrupters/toxicity to your journey?
I manage toxicity in my journey by surrounding myself with the people in my life that I love and care about. There’s always going to be people that will bring you down, but you can’t let that get to you. Remember that the toxicity is not a reflection on you, but on them (most often fears, insecurities and unmet needs) and that the people that love you will stick by you and show you grace, compassion and kindness.
7. How did you survive your greatest fear?
I survived my greatest fear with hope, persistent small steps and the belief that it was temporary and would pass. I had hoped that it was going to be ok and here I am, being okay!! I know how hard it can be, but you cannot let fear bring you down – it’s important to find a way through it – so that you are able to be all that you are meant to be and enjoy it too!
8. How do you turn fear and failure into strength and opportunity?
You can turn fear and failure into strength in so many ways! You can use fear to your advantage even. For example, with me I get fearful during in-person interviews and I turn it into excitement and courage. You can use failure to your advantage as well by trying to fix where things went wrong on your next try! Each failure is a chance to learn and grow from.
9. What is the best career advice you were given?
The best career advice was “When you stop learning new things, you stop growing” and I still apply that to almost everything I do.
10. What is your personal motto?
My personal motto is learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning so that life remains just that – alive! I need to be reminded of this sometimes, especially when i get myself stuck in the past, so that I can enjoy the moments that make up everyday life and remain focused on a bigger picture at the same time.
11. What is your advice for young women and young people worldwide?
My advice is to come up with your own great idea! Whatever it is, just make it happen because you owe it to yourself to not give up. Be your own leader, in your own unique way, and be passionate about at least one thing so that you have something to continue to inspire you to be you powerfully!