Idolli Has A Vision

I’m a mother of two girls originally from Hartford, Connecticut. I’ve always been into fashion since I was 12 years old. I started dressing my parents for their corporate jobs and as I got older I would dress my friends and family members and get paid for it. I started working in local fashion shows, scouting models for test shoots and working with boutique owners that helped give me access to clothes. Instagram led me to my first professional job with Michael Bivins of New Edition. I struggled with wanting to pursue fashion more than the medical field so I followed my dreams quit nursing school and took fashion courses in New York with Celebrity Stylist and Costume Designer Misa Hylton at (MHFA) Misa Hylton Fashion Academy. Shortly after graduating I interned at Elle Magazine Fashion Closet and was the Assistant Stylist for a cover story in the December 2018 I’ve worked on numerous NYFW shows. I’ve done music videos, commercials, been a content creator for magazines and worked on several television shows and movies in the wardrobe department. My goal is to be a bi coastal costume designer.

What made you want to start your business?

I wanted people to take a glimpse into my eyes and my vision to show people that their is nothing wrong with being unique and being yourself. I wanted to help people (regular people) to feel good about themselves while wearing beautiful clothes.

What were some challenges have you faced and how did you overcome?

Not being taken seriously , being over looked because I’m not known to the entire industry as of yet. Being a black woman and female is hard ! Being a mother knowing that even if I don’t see my children it’s for the greater good and I’m doing this for their future ! Trying to stay focused I just overcome by praying and doing my best in anything that I do. Having self confidence and knowing who you are truly helps.

What advice would you give someone who would like to start their own business?

Ask questions be confident , know that you’re going to make mistakes, trust yourself have a business plan and most of all RESEARCH!

Dolli Long

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Meals By Mirah

I’m 22 born & raised in Jersey City I started looking into entrepreneurial culture when I was about 14. I started my journey as a musician a singer song songwriter and rapper shooting local videos and putting out Eps. By the time I was 19 I knew I wanted to go into business for myself. I took up business and management in college stayed for 3 years constantly switching my major and thinking what I profession would not only bring wealth but happiness. Last year I moved out on my own to a new city and discovered my love for food and the natural culinarily talents I was picking up and that’s when I decided to start Underculinary_Confections because although I wasn’t trained in culinary arts I knew I had yet another god given ability that shouldn’t go to waste.

What made you want to start your business ?

What were some challenges have you faced and how did you overcome?

My supporters. I always knew I didn’t want to work for anybody I just didn’t have a business direction. I started catering dinner parties just for family and friends and I’ve been the family decorator for years so that pretty much was a natural thing until people just said to me I love your food why don’t start a catering business? I never took it seriously but my supports were relentless they called on me for every occasion posting pictures and promoting me giving my first portfolio & they ultimately encouraged me give it a try.

You ever just sit to yourself and think am I doing enough ? That was my biggest challenge being in college and not knowing what path I was going in everyday felt like a wasted one. working jobs making some else’s business flourish just felt uncomfortable not something I could settle for, that and just being afraid of public perception starting a business from home is scary , you have to rely on social media support heavily and sometimes people will knock you just for likes. Again I would have to say the support out weighed my fears from the first day underculinary_confections Instagram was published the out pouring was so overwhelming. That and waking up having an itinerary of things to grow my business a purpose for the day is what helped me overcome.

What advice would you give someone who would like to start their own business? 

One don’t let anyone find your business direction for you ! When I started music I loved it but it was just fun for me I let people tell me that was my path before I had even had real life experiences, and it may well could’ve been but something about doing it for work made me feel less passionate-towards it. I took time with myself I suggest you do that ! Take time with yourself see what your good at what interest you what you could do day and night and feel no pressure that is what you should go into business for. Two don’t let the media or critics tell you your business won’t succeed it’s too many people doing that etc someone will support you just expand your area of operation past your friends family or even your community.

Thank you for your support. I have so much more planned I hope I’m able to take this as far god allows!

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