Tell Us More: Zinaida McNamara Phillip aka “Big Z”
Zinaida McNamara Phillip aka “Big Z”
Zinaida McNamara Phillip aka “Big Z” was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of St Lucia in which she currently resides as an Attorney at Law (McNamara & Company Chambers), carnival band director and owner (Legends Carnival Band), event promoter (Exotic Events) and recently added under her belt, producer of the Big Mood Riddim.
Always considered by many as a trendsetter, Big Z takes extreme pride in the quality of everything she does or is a part of and ensuring everyone is having a good time.
While consistently maintaining her originality and confidence, Big Z was able to make herself into a brand using her motivational motto, “You too are a brand”. This motto bears explanation to the successful transition from everyday activities becoming everyday business. Her special sauce to an exponential organic fan base increase and engagement is simply just being Big Z. Follow her on Instagram @z_mc.
What is it like being in the public eye?
Being in the public eye comes with enormous responsibilities, but I try to stay true to being myself because I know I’m not perfect nor do I expect people to think that.
What is the one thing about you that often surprises people?
That I’m SOOOO IRIE!!!!! (In my Bob Marley voice!!! )
How would you define success?
Blessings, experience, and growth.
What has been your most humbling experience?
Suffering from a leg injury and being told that I may not walk again. Whoa!!! Even saying that hits me.....
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Bringing good vibes and good energy!
Where is your happy place?
Honestly, I would have to say at home on my couch with my husband with absolutely nothing to do! It’s been a long, long time!!!
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my faith. Can’t imagine life without it.
Animal or babies?
I’m a dog mom and they keep me busy! So animals for now at least.
What talent do you yearn for?
It’s very simple - I really wish I could sing because I really can’t!!! Haha!!
What lesson has been the hardest to learn?
Things don’t always go according to plan! Don’t you just hate that? Lol
TV or music?
What food makes you happy?
Every single kind lol.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Desserts. Gotta have the sweets!
If you had to change one thing in life what would it be and why?
I really wish there would be more equality in EVERYTHING! Race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and moreover GENDER! I think the world would be such a happier and more prosperous place!!
What is the business tip you have got and never forgotten?
It’s ok to fail in order to succeed. When I get blows in court, my dad always says to me “It’s ok you’ll live to fight another day!”
Is it more important to be liked or respected?
Respected! Not everyone will like you. I’m cool with that.
What is your personal motto?
Find a balance!