June Rochelle has succeeded with words of wisdom from her mother – and a head start from Ivy Tech Community College
June Rochelle’s mother always told her, “When preparation meets opportunity, success is imminent.”
With just a glance at Rochelle’s resume, it becomes clear that this advice made an impact. She’s worked as a paralegal, legal writer and researcher, media consultant, producer, video editor, national recording artist, and more. With all of that, she still remains grounded and grateful for all that life has brought her.
“I’m having a pretty good run,” she humbly notes.
Rochelle attributes a great deal of her success to having prepared herself for things to come by attending Ivy Tech Community College. When she graduated from high school, Rochelle wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. Her mom suggested she go to law school, but Rochelle knew that wasn’t the path she wanted for herself. Instead, she opted to pursue an associate degree in paralegal studies at Ivy Tech. It turned out to be just the start she needed.
“Ivy Tech provided solid footing and a great foundation for me in any career,” Rochelle says. “I could understand which projects I wanted to engage in and how they would impact me.”
After she graduated, she was hired by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. She worked in the Consumer Protection Division for 10 years, under four different attorneys general.
This work allowed Rochelle to make connections and develop further opportunities for herself. A gifted singer from a young age, Rochelle began preparing herself for a career as an entertainer, using her talent, as she says, “to benefit humanity and motivate people to do good.”
Rochelle’s experience with media law helped her make some influential connections. One was particularly notable: legendary singer Diana Ross. Rochelle was given the opportunity to audition for Ross. It went so well that Ross asked Rochelle to perform solo in front of 10,000 people at the Klipsch Music Center, known at the time as Deer Creek Music Center.
As time went on, Rochelle evolved into a highly successful media professional, bringing together her passion for music, communication, and people. In 2005, she formed June Rochelle Media and aligned her work with her faith. As a pop and inspirational Christian artist, she has recorded three albums – with a fourth soon to be in production.
Rochelle’s ability to advance and expand her business has been somewhat informed by her education, which allows her to navigate the legal side of her media ventures – such as contractual agreements – with confidence.
“I always have legal representation as it relates to music or media contracts that I am presented with,” she explains. “But because of my education, I’m able to understand what those contracts mean.”
In addition to her singing career, Rochelle now produces a children’s program called “Learn the Word TV” that features “children of color in a positive light” and focuses on education and developing good character – two things that Rochelle describes as “absolutely premier.” The positive message of the show led to it being featured on Oprah.com, the official website of Oprah Winfrey.
Rochelle hasn’t let success slow her down, however. One example: she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. And while the path Rochelle’s taking may be different than what her mother originally had in mind, it’s clear that some of the fundamental lessons she was taught have remained with her – and that when the next opportunity arises, June Rochelle will be very well prepared indeed.