About this week’s episode: Authenticity is a defining characteristic of a person who chooses hustle over entitlement. Carly Jones shares her story of how honoring her roots, her talent, and her calling to amplify the voices of others has made for a rewarding and fulfilling career path.
About our guest: Carly Prentis Jones is a Cultural Activist, Performing Artist, and Arts Advocate currently working as the Director of Communications & Development for a local arts nonprofit. She is a woman with many passions. After growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, she attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she studied Vocal Performance, Black Music History and Arts Administration.
Since then, she has built a diverse performance career, singing and acting in plays, musical theatre and opera. Carly pairs her performance career with her work in arts administration and advocacy. She is currently the Director of Communications & Development at Arts Together, a nonprofit multi-arts school in Raleigh, which provides arts education in dance, art, drama and music to all ages. Carly is also passionate about her work with The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County; an annual celebration of African American culture as expressed through art, music, food and community that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Carly is proud of her growing city and is passionate about being an integral part of her community and a voice for change. She has worked on local and statewide political campaigns and is involved in activism work with community organizations to help create a more progressive North Carolina. Recently, she has used her event organizing experience to help coordinate The Women’s March on Raleigh, which attracted over 25,000 people to downtown Raleigh in January. Since then, she has assisted in organizing events and campaigns for a number of progressive causes in North Carolina. Carly was a New Leaders Council of North Carolina Fellow which trains new community leaders; and she is now the new Co-Director for the organization.
Carly has integrated her diverse passions to create a full and meaningful life dedicated to being a catalyst for change through public service and the arts. She strives to live by Nina Simone’s famous words “An artist’s duty is to reflect the times”. www.carlyprentisjones.com
- Capital Tonight Jan. 24: The Women’s March
- Women’s March organizers tell The N&O Community Voices audience what’s next
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Indivisible https://www.indivisible.org
- Hamilton the Musical http://www.hamiltonbroadway.com
- Soundtrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR1jn8tfrLg
- TedTalk Emilie Wapnick, “Why some of us don’t have one true calling,” https://www.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling
Hustle Over Entitlement is a podcast telling the stories of trailblazers and risk takers, hosted by Camille Stewart & Gabriella Ziccarelli.