All Hail, Queen D! Meet Danielle Ponder of Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I am Danielle Ponder, a musician and attorney. I work as a public defender where I provide representation to poor people of accused of crimes. I am also the lead singer of Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People.

What did you want to be when you were a child?
As a child I wanted to be a writer and a psychologist. I guess in some way I am doing both.

How did you get started? What were some of the difficulties you faced in starting?
Well I started as a musician performing at local open mics. My biggest challenge was nervousness. When I stepped on stage my legs would shake so bad, because I was super nervous.

In moments of self-doubt, hardships or failure, how do you build yourself back up?
I often remind myself of who I am as a black women. I think of my ancestors and find strength in knowing that the blood of those who overcame what seemed to be insurmountable challenges runs through my veins.  All of that strength and perseverance is in my DNA.

What is your best advice to someone just starting out? What advice do you wish someone had said to you?
The best advice I can give is feel the fear but do it anyway.  Many are debilitated by fear, but I believe those who are successful may feel fear but it doesn't stop them from taking the leap. So take risk, take the leap, you have a short time on earth why not just do it.

Lettering by Bailey Lauren

How do you find balance? What inspires you?
Balance? Ha! What is that???
I am inspired by the impermanence of life. Knowing that this ends just makes me want to live it up. I am inspired by artists. Artists look at the world and say something is missing here and then they create it. How dope.

What is your favorite part of what you do?
My favorite part of being a musician is connecting with the audience. My favorite part of being an attorney is connecting with my client.

What do you find most challenging?
Loving ourselves in a world that capitalizes off of insecurities.

Name some local creatives that you really admire.
Adrian Elim
Champagne Brown
The Wall Therapy Team
Tony Clef
Seth Faergolzia
Brittany Williams
Kza k lee
Cammy enaharo
Really too many to name...