Paige Shari' is a force to be reckoned with



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Paige Shari' Addison, took Level Up Atlanta down memory lane as she reflected over her journey in entertainment and moving back and forth from Atlanta to Miami. Many know Paige as the bubbly woman with the most amazing smile ever, but we got a chance to dig deep into her origin, her purpose and her views on the current state of society. Raised in Lithonia Georgia, Paige grew her roots and built her foundation as a natural “cool kid” whose social skills made for an easy path to popularity that eventually sparked an interest and passion for hosting.


Photo by Elias Zamudio | Creative Directed by Adonis Thrax

After building her brand by throwing legendary parties, Paige expanded her network with a big move further south to Miami, Florida. In an unfamiliar environment, Paige adapted into survival mode and adjusted nicely. “Miami is not the place you send your 18 year old. They have to grow really fast and they will be put in positions where they have to think quick on their feet,” she explained. Though it was challenging, she appreciated the experience because it pushed her out her comfort zone.

"I didn’t want to host by just going out and sitting on a couch and looking pretty"

It was Miami that gave Paige her first real taste at hosting, however it was not what she’d hoped for. Throughout the years, hosting in the entertainment industry has evolved into many different things. “I didn’t want to host by just going out and sitting on a couch and looking pretty…I wanted to MC because I enjoy being the life of the party and I have a bunch of things to say,” she explained.


Photo by Elias Zamudio | Creative Directed by Adonis Thrax

After completing her degree and relocating back to Atlanta, Paige found herself having to learn how to navigate the city’s rebirth. She found more hosting opportunities that fit her personality and goals and began a career in the music industry. Paige explained the challenges she faces in the music industry. "Being a woman in a male dominated industry places you in an arena where respect must be demanded" she explained.

"A lot of people don't know that they're going to accomplish great things so they just sit there not knowing it"

Regardless of the challenge or adversity, Paige finds a way to shine by continuing to walk in her purpose. “A lot of people don’t know that they are going to accomplish great things so they just sit there not knowing it” said Paige. She explained the importance of knowing who you are and believing in yourself, a struggle familiar to everyone, especially the young entrepreneurs.

From hosting her first showcase that was curated by Bzy at SXSW to piecing together her artists’, Neila , EP and release party all the way to working with Jhordan Gibbs and the Milk and Cookies team to host her first music festival with Milk and Cookies Fest 2018, her story tells tales of downfalls and shortcomings offset by milestones and accomplishments.


Photo by Elias Zamudio | Creative Directed by Adonis Thrax

Paige’s story is a reminder for us to continue to push forward and learn how to be the best versions of ourselves each and every day. We can't wait to see what else is in store for her. Read below to check out some of the top moments from our conversation with her:

Where are you from? DId you go to College?

Paige: I'm from Atlanta. Lithonia, Georgia to be exact. I went to North Atlanta High but my parents always had a house in Dekalb County. I went to college in Miami at FIU (Florida International University). Miami is not the place you send you 18 year old. They have to grow up really fast and they will be put in positions where they have to think quick on their feet. It definitely gave me some harsh realities, but it did help me because I used to hate change and my experience there helped me learn, grow and get out of my comfortable zone.

What are you passionate about the most? Where do you think that passion comes from?

Paige: I’m passionate about self-discipline and that comes from my family and the women [grandmother, my godmom, my mother] that were before me that had the ability to make a lot of change within their communities. Their work ethic has rubbed off on me and I wanted to get to a point where they could see what they instilled in me. I found myself in a continuous fight to make sure that the light they gave me never went dim. That passion has become integral in everything I do.

As a young black woman, what are some challenges you face? How do you overcome those challenges?

Paige: Being a woman in male dominated industries puts you at a place where there is a certain respect that you have to earn and work harder for than any man. On top of that, being a black woman makes it 10 times harder. Then you put the current societal norms for both men and women in the equation and it is very difficult.

Many women are throwing their dignity out the window just to get to where they want to be because they are scared they won’t find "that certain book" that is written for them. I have been let down sometimes by men in general based on the way some of them approach me or don’t know why I am in certain rooms, so I often have to demand my respect.

When did you first get into hosting and what has that experience been like for you?

Paige: Hosting is a hobby for me. My dad went to school to be a dentist but he loved to sing. It was a weird combination. I saw my dad flourish in his hobby and make major strides and just seeing how anything he put his mind to he did inspired me to do the same.

I had a passion for being a "drama queen” and entertaining so of course I wanted to find my way to manifest it. I used to throw parties at my dad’s house in high school and kind of began being as a hostess. Also watched a lot of my friends turn into stars which inspired me to follow my heart for my own fulfillment, but I realized that hosting in Miami wasn't the kind of hosting I liked, so I started planning for when I was going to go somewhere else.

I didn’t want to host by just going out and sitting on a couch and looking pretty, instead I wanted to MC because I enjoy being the life of the party and I have a bunch of things to say. I enjoy interacting with the people and being able to say “yo what’s up / how are y’all feeling tonight” and everyone says “ayeee we lit”. I started taking steps into curating alongside hosting to create the entire vibe I was looking for.

What is the one thing you wanted to accomplish by the time it’s all said and done?

Paige: Seeing my work come full circle. Seeing everything that I have put my name on go to the level of success I have envisioned. You have to believe it because you are the first to know it since God gave it specifcally to you. Once it happens that’s the best feeling in the world. A lot of people don’t know that they are going to accomplish great things so they just sit there not knowing it, but I already know it for myself so it helps me remain discipline and do my 10,000 hours "or whatever it is" I need to do to accomplish my goals. I am planting and watering so many seeds so I can’t really sit and what for just one to happen. I continue to work on new things each and every day.

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