TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?Ashley Brown, founder of Ash Said It LLC. My company is a public speaking boutique that specializes in hosting red carpets, fashion expos as well as other upscale soirées. I have over 10+ years of experience as a radio announcer & I've recently honorably discharged from the Military.
Ashley Brown :The biggest obstacle that I've had to face was dealing with the loss of my mother. That is the most difficult thing I've ever faced in my entire existence. I was lost. My heart was no longer in military service. I needed to leave but I had no blueprint on where to go. I took many odd jobs that year. Helped build multiple brands & had nothing to show for it. Then one day a light bulb went off in my head. Why the heck am I wasting time helping people disinterested in helping themselves? Why don't I pour my 13+ years of industry experience into something I can call my own. That's when Ash Said It was born!
BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
AB: I had to stop & think about what my skills were. I was always in front of a camera or microphone however it didn't occur to me until someone suggested I emcee a wedding reception. I had never done it before but took to it like a dove to water. That was my gift! Now it was time to cultivate this craft.
BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
AB: There is a fine line between personal & professional when it comes to entrepreneurship. I definitely work WAY more hours than I ever did at my 9-5. The only difference is I LOVE what I do! It doesn't seem like work sometimes.
BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
AB: Those who know better do better. My grandma Lou would say this to me on a regular basis. Very powerful quote.
BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
AB: My Mom was by far the most inspirational person in my lifetime. She encouraged all my wacky ideas throughout the years. She never discouraged my dreams and always supported all my ventures. She was my biggest fan on earth & my guardian angel up above.
BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
AB: I live on social media! Lol. Seriously. Social media has essentially become a part time gig. In order to grow my audience, I've had to stay updated on the latest trends. I need to know what they like, what's the latest app they've downloaded & ways I can stay engaged with them.
BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?
AB: A boss is someone who lays the groundwork for others to follow. They solve problems, create solutions and make executive decisions. They remain unbothered by here-say. A boss is too busy building an empire.
Be sure to follow Ashley Brown on Twitter @1loveAsh and check out her products and service at www.Ashsaidit.com