Orlena, a stay-at-home wife and mom to three beautiful girls, decided from an early age that she would one day be an artist. She received formal training and soon became a graphic designer and illustrator. She also bakes and designs cakes.
While working at a modeling agency, she was asked to bring her daughter to a children’s modeling agency. Her daughter was soon signed as a model. After being laid off, Orlena went on to manage her daughter’s modeling career. Her youngest daughter then became a model too. During Orlena’s time at home, she wanted to do more to earn a living. Combining her love of art and baking, Orlena decided to make specialty cakes. She is currently working on her website, and hopes to go back to school to continue in the field of art education and 3D animation. Orlena is also an active member of the Graphic Artist Guild in NY, and is currently working on writing and illustrating children’s books.
Moms of Hue (MOH): What keeps you motivated?
Orlena Grant: What keeps me motivated is the grace of God, and the love of my family and my desire to be an artist.
MOH: How do you organize your life so that you ensure that you get it all done?
Orlena: I do not have a system of organization, but if it were not for my trusty iPod and iCal programs, I would be a hot mess!
MOH: What lessons do you hope your kids will learn from you as they watch you work?
Orlena: I want my kids to learn that in order to get respect, you must give it, but don’t be anyone’s doormat either. For them to find loving husbands who support all of their ventures. I want them to be loving mothers who want the best for their children and will be dedicated to her success, and theirs. I also want them to know that whatever they put their minds to, they can achieve as long as they put hard work and they enjoy doing it.
MOH: Who is your biggest supporter and why?
Orlena: I have many supporters, I think my main supporter is my husband. He’s always bragging about my artwork, my work with cakes, and how I take care of my girls.
MOH: What advice do you have for other moms of hue trying to raise children and maintain positive values
Orlena: Whether you are a single mom or married, never give up on yourself. Even if it seems like a heavy load to bear, make time for you. Believe that God will see you through anything. Always treasure what you have in your children. The rewards are worth all of the struggles. Always support your child’s dreams, even if they seem far-fetched; they will love you more for that. Lastly, keep it real (Be honest).