Transparency Talks: Being a Mommy in Business
Having been an entrepreneur for two decades, people always ask me how I did it? The first thing they ask is how I started my business and what kind of money it took to do so. But, before I could even begin to answer that question, I had to be totally transparent. When I first started, I had no idea that I was actually creating a business, brand or even a career that would last over 20 years! While I was in college, my best friend and I decided that we wanted to create events that were produced and developed by African American students, since we went to a PWI and most of the campus-wide activities left little opportunity for black students to participate. I found myself trying out for extra-curricular activities, but I never got call backs, which made me think that I was never good enough. This was shocking because my high school experience was just the opposite.
Coming from North Clayton High, a school that fostered creativity in our culture, I struggled trying to fit in and find my way in that setting. That discomfort then birthed my first company, Elixir Entertainment. We produced our first fashion show, then developed a pageant show, a huge celebrity concert and the rest is history!!! This was the beginning of my entrepreneurial career.
So, I said all that to say, you don’t always need a lot of money to start your business. All you need is a dream and the passion to see things through. There may be many up and downs though-out your journey but those failures are the things that make you stronger and make you rejoice louder when you are finally able to triumph.
During my senior year in college, I had my first daughter at the age of 21. When I graduated from college, I attempted to work in the corporate field, because as a single mother I needed the stability, but I had already been bitten by the entrepreneur bug. I didn’t feel the same passion I felt working for someone else as I did when I was working for myself, so when God afforded me the opportunity to leave my job, I took it and ran with it! I passed go and didn’t look back. I decided that if God had brought me this far, he wouldn’t leave me now. I was blessed to work part-time assisting a major music manager, which provided me the flexibility to get out into the local market and push my business, while having the help of my family and daughter’s grandmother. I was able to grind and continued to develop great relationships with people in the entertainment field, which continued to help my business grow. I had many long days and late nights but it was all worth it in the end. I have learned that developing strong, trustworthy relationships in this industry has been the key to my success. This industry can be very cut-throat, but if you remain true to yourself and exercise honesty and loyalty, your reputation will be the glue that holds it all together.
Mothers, continue to dream big, reach for the stars and remember that you are the first image of what your kids can aim to be! This is just the beginning of our journey together so continue to follow us here on the Mommy Culture Club. We want to her from you. Tell us your stories and share the details of your journey. Please feel free to send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear it.
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