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Meet Dana Giles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Giles.

Dana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I Want the Real started because there is a height of social media, yet I felt like everything was posed and inauthentic in a broader sense. I Want the Real was a blog I started out of my room at school where I interviewed students to hear different perspectives and stories. After releasing a couple stories and articles, it became pretty popular and from there grew.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Honestly in some ways yes, and in other ways no. From a business perspective, it has been a pretty smooth road. I think I was lucky that I released it at the time I did in college because teachers it got a lot of publicity and also I had great resources to teachers, mentors and other resources that school provided me. On a personal note, no one understands how hard it is to start a business until you do it.

I had to sacrifice a lot, especially in some cases taking care of myself, because throughout the year I put the business first. I have no regrets, but at the end of the day family and friends are what is most important to me. I love I Want the Real and so proud of what I accomplished with it, however, reflecting on my experience you can’t lose sight to what is it important which is your health, family and friends.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with I Want the Real – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I Want the Real is a social media platform that provides content surrounding taboo topics, and in many cases mental health. I think it was a cool way to uncover the curtain a little bit on what is actually going on in people’s lives. I am most proud of everyone who wants to be involved. What sets us apart is the great people and the style of the brand.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Future plans for IWTR is reevaluating what works best and what doesn’t. We are constantly growing and shifting. I always follow my gut on things. I am in no rush to get somewhere, it’s a process and you can’t cut the line.

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