Tyson Beckford, model, a true mutt (his father is Black-Jamaican and his mother is Chinese-American) says it like it is about connections: “I can say, ‘Hey, André Talley, come hang out with me,’ and he’ll do that…I can call Ralph Lauren, you know. I can go sit in Ralph’s office and put my feet on his desk and say ‘Ralph, I need a favor.’” from E! online, Fashion Week Daily January 9, 2008.
In other words, share the moment. Pull your connections. It’s all about whom you know. Mutts need to leverage this as much as possible.
And be a student; when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I know a number of women, in the right place at the right time. I’m a grown woman, and I know a lot of you are out there. For some reason, though, I’m often surrounded by mother-types, women mostly older than me, and men too who mentor. They take me under their wings, guide, and advise me. Lucky me. We all need mentors.
But, so unlike me, the irony is that I jump when these people say, “Jump.” I am, after all, a born rebel. That’s another innate trait for some of us mutts. How else are we gonna rise up?