Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I’m a person who does a little bit of everything! I’ve always found it hard to see myself committing to a single career my whole life so I spend time each day nurturing every single one of my interests.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a spy, a writer, a designer and a scientist. Those things seemed kind of all over the place and hard to achieve simultaneously so I settled for design school (FIDM), started writing spy themed scripts, and I listen to Bill Nye’s podcast haha.
Were you scared to start the process?
Once I graduated from FIDM, I was terrified to put my own designs out there so I would just make myself a Halloween costume here and there, but mostly, I stifled my own creativity to chase a practical job. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to launch my Etsy site where I will be selling clothes, wigs, costumes and more. The practical route will always be less fulfilling than taking a risk.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
It takes me FOREVER to make decisions. I try to see things from every angle and that usually ends up making the decision process way lengthier than I’d like. Shout out to my enneagram sixes haha.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My 103 year-old great grandma, Lillie, (who is still alive today) told me that I never have to stick to one career. There are seasons for everything so I should just go with God’s flow.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Don’t worry about what people might think of you. Go for it.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Definitely. In the past, it took the wind out of my sails. But now that I’m comfortable with who I am and with what God has called me to do, someone else’s doubt doesn’t dictate my next steps.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
God has created you specifically. Your journey and your giftings are completely your own. Don’t compare and don’t limit yourself or what God can do in your life no matter where you came from.
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
No way. I think insecurity can come in waves if you’re not diligent about your thought-life. Joyce Meyer always says “Think about what you’re thinking about”. If there’s an insecure thought that comes into my head, I do the work to figure out where it stems from and heal it.
What do you love most about yourself?
That I can bounce back. There are a few things in my life that I could’ve let destroy me, but I feel stronger now than I’ve ever been.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I grew up in an area where I was one of very few African Americans. As I result, there were a few situations where I had to deal with racism. With one incident in particular, God opened the door for me to address the racism head-on with a particular individual and it resulted in a complete turn around. I’d call that a miracle!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
All things are small. Even the things we think are huge.
What motivates you most?
Fun. If you enjoy the work, it’s easy to stay motivated. I like the idea of creating something that doesn’t exist.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
I schedule my day out to the minute. I even know exactly what time I need to brush my teeth in order to fit in all the things I want to get done. It sounds over the top, but it feels good knowing that I can get all the things I want done and still spend time with my loved ones and/or relaxing.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Every morning I go for a walk in silence for at least 10 minutes. I don’t use my phone. I just pray and listen. That’s when I have the most clarity and it helps me refocus on what’s important.
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I wouldn’t say that I have a mentor, but I do surround myself with wise, loving people that will always speak truth to me. I’m not the most perfect Jesus follower, but I do meditate on the gospels a few minutes a day and I really want to operate the way he does. He’s just such a cool guy haha.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I love horror movies. Some people try to say that’s not very Christian, but to that I say read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and then get back to me haha.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I’d definitely want to be a filmmaker. David Crosby said that film is the highest form of art because it requires all other art forms to complete it. Obvi I want to be a part of that!
Who is your biggest role model? Why?
I admire so many people for different reasons, but I’m going to go with my very first hero: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No matter what she was feeling, she did what was right. Not many people can say that.
Where do you find inspiration?
In all things! It depends on my mood, but I get the most inspired when I listen to movie scores. Thank God for Spotify.
What are your biggest passions?
Encouraging people to follow their dreams because they’re not there just to serve you but to serve and lift up other people, showing people that there’s more than one way to live life, learning about people, and creating something new every day.
Dayna Nicole Copeland
Dayna Nicole Copeland is a storyteller. She is passionate about healthy living, all forms of creativity, making her own path and Jesus.