July’s Alumnae Spotlight highlights some of the amazing things our Soror, Neha Aziz is upto! Read about her story & the advice she has to share!
What are you doing today and how did joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. prepare you for this?
I do a number of different things. I am the assistant manager at a popular boutique on South Congress called Strut. I help run our social media accounts and blog. I work as a freelance journalist. My work can be seen in SharpHeels (an online publication dedicated to women), Austin CultureMap, The Austin Chronicle and most recently Medium. I graduated from the film school at The University of Texas at Austin in December of 2015 and I continue to work on my creative projects that I started while there. In particular, I wrote a feature screenplay titled THE PROPOSITION which was on the shortlist for the 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab – and I am constantly rewriting it. I hope to start production on the script soon and direct the film in the near future.
I believe KPhiG prepared me by teaching me time management skills. I don’t just have one job, I really have 3-4 and that requires a lot of organization and making the best use of your time.
What were your biggest challenges and struggles?
I know it says “were” in the question, but in my case, it’s still and will probably always be “are.” I am a confident person in certain aspects of my life, but I struggle with my looks and my body. Some days I feel great and positive and other days I hate everything. It’s definitely a work in progress, but I’m doing what I can.
What is your favorite part of the business/work/company?
In the past, I grappled with the idea of calling myself a writer. I thought that the term was reserved for important people, like people who wrote books or New York Times journalists. However, I now look at myself first and foremost as a writer. And whatever I write, whether it’s film review, covering a local event, screenplay, or a personal essay, I want to evoke feelings out of everyone who reads it. I am a sensitive person so I tend to feel things deeply. Sometimes that’s a good thing, especially creatively, but sometimes it really sucks. So when people read my work and they can relate my experiences to their own life or they have a better understanding of a given issue, I consider it a job well done.
What is your work/life balance?
It’s a tough one. My schedule varies a lot from the majority of my friends so I schedule things in advance. A lot of my texts are as follows: “Are you free 8 days from now for brunch?” But on the opposite end of the spectrum, when I have free time, I usually can text someone to go get coffee or watch a movie. It just takes effort.
What do you perceive are the benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.?
Friendship and serving the community. I found some of my best friends and met so many other different people that I still keep in touch with. It’s so exciting and inspiring to see what people are up to, how he/she is making a difference both personally and professionally. Our main philanthropy is cancer awareness and it’s a sickness that doesn’t discriminate. I love the work that we did, joining forces with other organizations that want to assist with finding cures. It’s always great to see people of different backgrounds, religion, and interests coming together for a cause.
What advice do you have for women that are attempting to follow your career path?
It is way too easy get disheartened. You will want to quit, you will want to settle, you will want to jump ship at the slightest set back, but you can’t. Jobs in creative fields aren’t for the faint of heart. We got into these fields because we have important stories to tell (nonfiction and otherwise) and want to share our experiences, our feelings, and our perspectives to the world. It’s our stage. It’s our platform. We need to believe at the end of the day it will work out. It may take months or it may take years, but it will happen.