Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN
Author of Eat Well and Be Fabulous: A Guide for the Modern Day Woman
Executive Director of College Lifestyles – A Nutrition, Etiquette, and Lifestyle firm for savvy co-eds
How did you get started in your career?
Well, to make a long story short – I was your classic overachiever in college – I was in a sorority, on student programming board, and an RA. As much as I LOVED reading Shape, Fitness, and every other fashion/nutrition magazine, I realized that NO sources were available for students (like myself) on nutrition, fashion, and lifestyle. I also realized how many of my own sorority sisters had questions and worse, issues with eating healthy. Because of the above reasons, I decided that that focus on my career would be young adults and college students. I developed College Lifestyles with that same concept. I wrote Eat Well and Be Fabulous,and I travel to give presentations teaching students the same concept!
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
It is very important to have your goals written and laid out for yourself! Yes, I did this, and yes, I still do this! Once your goal is written, determine your steps to achieve those career goals. This will separate the dreamers from the achievers!
Finally (and I know this sounds cheesy) – BE YOURSELF. For those who know me personally, they know that I am quite funny and well, sassy (in the classiest way). Sometimes, I would worry ‘Oh, they didn’t like me.’ I find that I have better conversations with clients and speaking business when I am myself.