BN: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
Jasmene Bowdry : Some obstacles I faced in the beginning process of my business were finding the right people to handle the things I was not an expert in. For instance, all of the legal documents required to start a business, the licenses, and fees etc. Also finding the right person to create my brand image was difficult at first. No one will be more passionate about your business than you, so finding people who can understand and properly execute your vision is imperative.
BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
JB: The inspiration for me to break into fashion was the 1975 movie Mahogany starring Diana Ross. Although it was a love story, it showcased a woman who never gave up on her dreams, who was relentless in her endeavors and unapologetically herself. I watched that movie at least 100 times and each time I am ready to conquer any and everything. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Master’s in Business Administration along with over 10 years’ experience in retail buying as well as fashion styling. Therefore, opening an online boutique was a natural career next step for me.
BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
JB: Balancing personal and professional life is still a challenge. When you’re a team of 1, it’s hard to not work because there is always something that can be done. Since my business is still new, I don’t feel I have earned a break yet. The grind is continuous.
BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
JB: An inspirational quote that I live by is “You become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey There is power in the tongue and the mind. Negative thoughts produce negative things, so I always try to focus on the positive.
BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
JB: Some influential people that have encouraged me along the way have definitely been my parents, family and friends and my sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Having all of the support I have received has been overwhelming and I am so thankful for them all.
BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
JB: My “must-haves” to keep my business going strong are two simple things, Faith and Prayer. I pray over my business daily and I have faith that the visions I have for it will come to fruition.
BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?
JB: My definition of a BOSS is a woman who owns her lane. She doesn’t compete because she is confident in her ability and skill to do what God has called her to do. She supports, motivates and inspires. Her crown does not waiver, ever.
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