BASED IN: CALIFORNIA
What do you do?
I’m a Television & Media Personality. I host Red carpets, Runway Shows and Video Broadcast Segments. Present fabulous introductions, in depth interviews and event moderation for different media channels.
What is your background? Do you think you can learn entrepreneurship in a classroom or do you believe that you learn by getting your hands dirty?
I’d say it depends who your teacher is! I think a lot of entrepreneurial behavior stems from an initial decision that you want to live that lifestyle and I think only experience can teach you that. Personally, my decision was based in what I knew I loved to do. I knew what I was passionate about pursuing and it coincidentally did not fit the 9-5 bill. This came after a couple years in the corporate world though. A lot of entrepreneurs have mentors, groups or entrepreneurial programs that are really influential in their lives. I don’t think that the traditional education system as it is now can teach you to shift your paradigm into the “I can” mentality quite the way peers and experience can.
What does mean to be a Passionista?
To me, being a Passionista means pursuing your passion as your career. Turning your day job into your dream job, or building an empire you believe in. A Passionista is a #Girlboss, #Bossbabe and often- a Fashionista too. She sees the connection between her hobbies, her passions and her career. Each fuels, adds and cultivates the other adding to her #PassionistaLifestyle!
What is the best part about being self-employed? What is the worst/scariest part?
I think the attachment to your brand and enthusiasm behind something that you’ve built yourself is unmatchable in the best way, versus a vision that someone else has created. It’s an indescribable feeling to see a project come to fruition that had begun only as an idea in your mind. Everything you do, all the action you take, affects your brand directly. It’s so motivating to see the dial move real time.
The upside to having corporate guidelines though, as I’ve learned from experience, is the structure that’s already in place- rules, guidelines, staff roles. However, that can also restrict creativity and I think similar habits can be put in place by developing a strong, disciplined routine in your daily life.
What part of your personality helped in your journey and what did you have to work on?
Well, I operate under a little metaphorical theory called “Dear World-” essentially I believe everyone writes the letter of their life each day and mails it out into the universe. The content of the letter determines “who is going to read it... And if (and what) they’re going to write back!” J I believe your letter’s written through interactions, nonverbal cues and real action every day. So my personality is a huge factor in determining each step of my journey and the quality of the relationships I create. My personality is (ironically) a fundamental part of my brand too and is even in my title- so I’d say being personable and having an authentic desire to interact with people, guests, talent and crew has helped tremendously.
Something that has been a personal hurtle though has been asking for, or allowing, help in my endeavors. I’ve never been very direct. But often, that is the very characteristic that’s needed to move things forward in a huge way. So… I’m working on it! I think that habit is also based in my up-bringing. You know, growing up, I was taught the A-Z’s of how to be polite. But along with great manners, comes a degree of subtlety- implying what you mean rather than stating it. So I really had to re-structure my thinking and beliefs in terms of “direct asks” or even accepting help from my peers, which I’ve learned is the holy grail of forward movement! You can NOT do it alone, and really, who would want to?
How important was your network? Is there really such thing as “doing it alone”?
Ha, what a perfect Segway. No, there isn’t. Actually, let me clarify, maybe “doing it WELL alone” doesn’t exist. Behind every business transaction, every proposal, there is a person. People who make decisions in business, but also have their own, multi-faceted lives too. Joining groups, collaborating and mind melding are fundamental in the success and follow through of any business I think. In fact, I was thinking recently about one of my partnerships, and I’m grateful to say now, life-long friendships, all came from an initial business exchange. She’s a designer. I’m a host. We partnered for an event and for lack of a better analogy “fell head over heels into friendship.” I’ll support her at the forefront of anything I do now and like-wise, I know I have a kick butt, Femprenuer, NApostol Couture, in my corner. (Sorry for the shameless plug, but you see what I did there, just adds to the point) haha. Don’t go it alone!
How important is it to make sure you are living a healthy and balanced life?
I mean, as far as sleep, health and living mindfully (or I say- thankfully) those are what I consider the “feel-good fundamentals” right. They tee you up for success and allow you to be the best “you.”
What does it mean to achieve success? Do you think that it can ever be fully achieved?
Yes. So, one of the most awesome, but sometimes daunting things about having your own brand is that there really isn’t a single finish line. Each day is an ongoing pursuit, so it’s the mindset of a lot of entrepreneurs that “you’ll never fully reach your end goal because there’s an endless ability to grow, expand and develop.” But, one of the habits I’ve developed is this idea of LIVING in your success. So, my little life-hack has been making sure that my mindset is in that of gratitude and celebration each day, for the success of my brand. Whether it’s a note from someone I’ve reached in a meaningful way or a huge goal accomplished, I think living in it allows you to enjoy the ride, but also motivates you to maintain the lifestyle.
Bri Seeley, author of Inspirational Woman Project, has a great company that depicts this idea called Amplify. She and her partner literally throw monthly events where women can pause to reflect, celebrate and amplify their success for the evening. I’ve started calling it the monthly “cause to pause.” And of course, to celebrate! I think it’s crucial to realize your success along the way, specifically because the “end” is unstated for most entrepreneurs.