Janine Yates is the founder and host of Reggageoke, a fun and vibrant night with reggae, soca, dancehall music performed as karaoke where you get to channel your inner reggae artist and create your own stage show vibes. The 33-year-old has been running the night for a few years and will soon see it debut in Birmingham this Easter.
Who is the woman that most inspires you?
My mother is my biggest inspiration naturally. She is a beacon of light and a quiet strength that has always let me know anything is possible.
What does feminism mean to you?
Not really one for isms and I wouldn’t class myself as a true feminist in the same way I wouldn’t say I’m an activist. I am definitely a firm believer in us women recognising our own abilities not based on what we are told we should be by men, the media and other social constructs. I believe in strength in unity and celebrating our uniqueness and huge contribution we bring to the world.
Do you think there’s equality between men and women in your industry?
Difficult to say as an absolute yes or no. However I am blessed to be surrounded by a huge number of women doing their thing and paving their own way in events and entertainment.
What are you working on at the moment?
At present I’m focusing on providing Reggaeoke to a wider and international market. I want to bridge the massive gap between reggae and dancehall karaoke that is available to a more truer reflection of songs within Caribbean genre that is actually available.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Live by your own design and own whatever you are doing by taking full responsibility and being non apologetic for thriving.
What’s the best thing about being a woman in 2017?
It’s great seeing more celebrations of us by each other
What advice would you give the next generation of talent who would love to be in your position?
Follow and trust your instinct and don’t be afraid to walk your own path. Naysayers are standard but when you adopt the mantra of nothing ventured nothing gained. People, opportunities and important lessons gravitate to you to ensure success and you become you best version