UNDEFINED – Ryane Chatman

Ryane Chatman is a combat veteran and the owner of Thorns & Ink, a service for authors and writers. Find her on twitter at @thornsandink or at thornsandink.com
Ryane Chatman is a combat veteran and the owner of Thorns & Ink, a service for authors and writers. Find her on twitter at @thornsandink or at thornsandink.com

As part of our UNDEFINED project, Ooh St. Lou will be sharing bios of the women featured in the original shoot.

Your name:

Ryane Chatman

What do you do?

Owner of Thorns & Ink, LLC // Technical Writer within the DoD

What prompted you to take part in the UNDEFINED project?

My friend Katherine Douglass and to show the world that women are more than the sum of our shoe wardrobe.

What stereotyping have you faced in your career, and how have you handled it?

This is a great and difficult question. The biggest stereotype I have faced in my career has been people thinking I am under-educated. No I don’t have a master’s degree, but I am very well educated and continue my education. I have several certifications along with two bachelor’s degrees. There have been a few times that I have pointed out that I am more than qualified to do my job.

I no longer do that. With age comes wisdom. I can show you better than I could ever explain that I am qualified. Getting into the literary industry is no walk in the park. I have to work 3 times as hard to prove that I can do the work required. I have let the burned bridges light my way forward. For me to make my dream happen, I have had to change the rules of the game. I have my business license and I have made a few valuable connections.

I can’t change what I am on the outside. I can change the world. My changes have been small, but I am proud to be working this hard to make them happen.

Ryane Chatman
©2016 OohStLou

Where can people find out more about you/what you do?

Where to find me? You can find me at http://www.thornsandink.com/, https://twitter.com/thornsandink, https://www.facebook.com/thornsandink/ . If you want to know more personal things you can do that at https://opheliaspoisonedroses.wordpress.com/


The UNDEFINED project explores and is a response to sexism in local media, for more information see our original post on the project. UNDEFINED will be on display at SOHA gallery in January 2017, visit the Facebook event page for more information on the show.

1 Comment

  1. Bonnie says: Reply

    Love reading about women that are strong enough to follow their dreams and ambitions …..great interview. Love the idea of you pursuing something you believe in.

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