Tell us a little about yourself? (where you’re from, how was life growing up…etc.)
“First things first my name is Kelley Snyder. I was born and raised right outside of Columbus in the BEST suburb of the city, Westerville, OH. I grew up with my Mom, older brother, and my Aunt. I’ve been very blessed to grow up with so much love in my house. My family has always been very very supportive of everything I’ve ever pursued. I was told at a young age that I was capable of anything my mind could imagine, and I truly think that has a lot to do with how open minded and determined I am. I was taught to treat people with respect, and give everyone a fair chance no matter what they looked like or where they came from. I’m extremely thankful that I was brought up this was, because it has given me a chance to befriend and meet people from all walks of life. My family loved to travel and I’ve been to so many amazing places all around the world. I have had some crazy adventures that I’m grateful to have experienced. I think meeting people from all over the globe has given me a view of how many different kinds of people there are in the world, and how much we can learn from them, and teach them.
My life changed a lot my senior year of high school. My family went through a lot of changes and situations that forced me to grow up a lot faster than I was ready to. I got thrown into the “real world” and I was forced to mature at a rapid rate. I had to figure things out by myself for the first time, which was harder than I thought it would be. I’ve become so much stronger of a person, and through the support of my amazing mother, older brother, and close friends, I’ve come to understand life a little better. The past 4 years have completely changed the person I am today, which to me proves that everything, even hard times, happen for a reason. I’m so blessed for all the experiences, good and bad that I have been through in my life, and I’m only looking forward to the amazing life I have ahead of me.”
What do you do now?
“I’m what some call a “jack of all trades”. I have always had a lot on my plate, I think because I’m the type of person who likes to help anyone if I am cable of helping them. Right now I am working at a salon in the short north (Strand Cafe) as an Esthetician and Make-Up artist. Along with that I work at a promotional products company in Gahanna, and an italian restaurant in Upper Arlington called Carsonie’s. I also manage a rap group from Columbus called C-Zoo. I’m also a freelance make-up artist picking up gigs like photo shoots, weddings, and music videos whenever I can. I guess you could say I like to be busy. It sometimes feels overwhelming, but I never, ever get bored.”
…What do you see for your future…goals and ambitions?
“I’m planning to move to New York City because I need to experience something new and exciting. I want to start a PR type of company that helps all types of creative minded people make it to the top of their industry. This includes designers, artists, musicians, models, etc. I have a lot of talented friends, and I feel like I can utilize my creativity and networking skills to make sure they are successful in whatever they want to pursue. I want to be able to have an impact on people with big dreams who feel as if they don’t have the means to succeed. There are many people who have goals and don’t pursue them, because they feel like they won’t achieve it. I thrive to give these people hope and help them in any way capable, because what the world needs is people who have an idea and aren’t afraid to make it reality. If everyone went after their dreams instead of conforming to what “society” thinks they should do, they would be happier, and in my opinion, more successful people. There is so much pressure put on individuals growing up that in order to be successful you have to do A, B, and C. I want to help these people realize that they can be whoever they set their minds to be, even if it’s not the normal path someone in our country takes.”
What made you want to get involved with TIOBS?
“TIOBS is such an amazing movement. It’s principles are somewhat of the same ideas I already felt were important in promoting to the world. I was so excited when I got involved, knowing that instead of just one voice, a group of voices would be more powerful. I know that TIOBS will be a movement that proceeds anyone’s ideas of how far it could go. We have a great team, and great ideas, that will push this idea farther and farther. I feel like TIOBS was a great fit for myself, because I’m really just trying to affect others’ lives, and help people realize how important THEY can be in the world.”
Any last words you want to leave people with?
“Life with passion and dreams, is life without limits.” I love these words so much because I really think they are the truth. If you have a dream, and you are passionate enough about it to push through the hard times, you have NO limits to what you can achieve. Living life without limits is exactly how everyone should live. You can be anything you want to be, ANYTHING. Everyone needs to remember that nobody controls your life except yourself. If you want to make something happen, then make it happen. Remembering to live life with both passion and dreams, will certainly make sure you live a life filled with happiness.”