Today we’d like to introduce you to Teana Price.
Hi Teana, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Growing up in foster care, I never had much of a support system. I grew up shy, and introverted. I ran away from several foster homes and became emancipated at 15. It’s not easy growing up without a sense of direction, but I always immersed myself in work which was always the hospitality industry. Starting out as a manager at Burger King in my late teens, I eventually gravitated toward full-service restaurants. Living in Grand Rapids was a great push for me as our food and beverage industry has been thriving for the last 10 years. This past New Year’s Eve I opened Ambiance Kitchen and Lounge as the Assistant General manager and overall chaos coordinator.
I am extremely proud to be where I am today. At the helm of service for A black-owned establishment in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, where I can not only practice my craft as a hospitality professional but. I also get to work with young ladies and men on my staff, give them life advice, and help them navigate their own journeys. I have become very passionate about helping young people as I wish I had someone to help me at certain stages in life.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I call myself the late bloomer on Instagram. Feelings of not belonging or fitting in, plus a lack of a support system didn’t set me up for a smooth road. Some struggles included having multiple surgeries due to a cancer scare, dealing with an industry that is not necessarily favorable to people of color in general, and finding out my worth, my truth, and living it. Now that I. 41, and thriving instead of surviving, I can say I bloomed…
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a hospitality professional. I work at Ambiance Kitchen and cocktails located in the hotel district in Grand rapids. I am a creative who has made drink menus for several restaurants in Michigan Wide, I work for a team of 6 professional African American men who wanted to bring change to the hospitality industry downtown.
I am most proud of my tenacity. My resilience. Not too many people have been knocked down as far as me only to keep getting up and rise above. I got a lot left in me too
Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
No risk no reward… It took me 2 weeks to talk myself into writing this. it is always a risk putting yourself out there in any capacity. I have taken risks all my life. Some turned out great some not. But you don’t know unless you put yourself out there
- Instagram: thelatebloomer910