Sara Porritt is the podcast host of Hear Us Roar which is a podcast featuring inspired conversations with fearless Asian women about how ideas and passions can ignite transformative journeys. Growing up as a first-generation Chinese immigrant in suburban Maryland with aspirations of becoming an R&B singer, Sara quickly realized that through her pursuits, she would be fighting for the love and respect of not only her family and native community, but also of an industry that has yet to have embraced someone of her background. Since that time, Sara has shattered stereotypes by launching a record label at the age of 17 with a Grammy winning music producer, VJ’ing for MTVu while attending Princeton University, and starring in CW’s “The Next” alongside rapper Nelly.
Sara shares how she was able to reinvent herself when she decided to join an all Asian female R&B singing group and how it helped her boost her confidence and be her true self in the process.
Sara Porritt is the podcast host of Hear Us Roar Podcast.
Sara is of Chinese descent.
Favorite Self Confidence Quote
Dwell in the vastness of our infinite potential and never look back.
Definition of Self Confidence
Self confidence is trusting that you are a loving person, who is doing the best with what you have.
Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence
Sara was super shy and geeky growing up. Frankly, she is still a big introvert and very geeky, but she owns it now. When she was younger, she used to be so hard on herself. She felt like she was her own worst critic – always thinking that she wasn’t smart enough, pretty enough, popular enough, worthy enough. It took her a lot of living life to realize that she is more than enough exactly as she is. It was all in her head. It’s still a constant battle between her brain and her heart.
The “AHA” Moment
Don’t try this at home, but Sara was a 2 time high school drop out. Well, technically, the second time around she just finished all her coursework early and decided not to go back to school until graduation but saying that she was a drop out after years of being called a nerd felt badass to her. Sara’s big aha moment came when she realized that she had the power to completely reinvent herself. When she first moved to Brooklyn to join an all Asian female R&B singing group, she went from wearing hand me downs to donning knee high boots and crop tops, while rocking cornrows and a bandana. That was so super empowering to her.
Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence
Sara has the freedom to be her true self and take risks. She also wants to encourage other women to do the same.
The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener
Your quirks and eccentricities, your interests and your passions, even your disinterests and your loathings – these are all the things that make you special. Look to understand and embrace all that you are, every inch of yourself, and stop giving a crap about what anything body else thinks. You are the master of your destiny.
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