Caterpillar 2 Butterfly (Miyadior)

Give us a little backstory about yourself

Hey y’all, I’m Miyadior and I’m an Entertainer and Entrepreneur. As luck would have it, my calling in life isn’t the easiest of routes. I’ve been an artist of the performing arts since I could walk, professionally trained from childhood throughout college. But I also am a mover and shaker, which means I like to make money! While working on my craft, I always had a side hustle going on as soon as I was old enough to understand business. Whether it was doing hair (full blow outs, dyes, braids) to makeup, bartending/bar management, direct selling adult toys, personal assisting and keeping books, one thing I’ve mastered is how to handle different personalities while making money.

What made you want to start your business?

I’ve always had a go getter spirit. I have never been the type to wait for anyone to resolve my issues, YES, even as a kid! What has motivated me to start my new business ventures is not only the drive I have inside, my 2 children, but also watching how everything I’ve worked so hard for over the last 15 years be swept swiftly away by this global pandemic. It’s absolutely outstanding how life can throw those major curveballs. While I can admit I cried and felt a minute of self pity, it took me all but 5 minutes after being laid off from my then corporate job to apply for my LLC! There is something so scary yet thrilling to start over from zero! I didn’t hesitate to initiate the moves. I didn’t know how or when, but I made the intent and first steps to get the ball rolling.

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

Challenges are a part of the game! You have to accept that as easily as you accept your successes. Apart from my entertainment career in music and acting, I’m currently the process of launching a kidswear line – you have no idea how many manufacturers, designers and everything in between I have communicated with. But it all comes down to capital! I ran an a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help me launch my line. Though it proved unsuccessful, in the end I gained insight on how much support I truly do have from friends, family and strangers!

In addition, I’ve also invested into myself in other business ventures. I’m proud to say that I am IRS certified in all 50 states as a Tax Professional, I am also an Credit Repair and Mortgage Loan advisor. What’s the challenge in this you may ask? TRUST! Retaining clients is not the easiest of tasks especially with such sensitive personal information! I am learning the value of creating rapport and how important it is to walk with confidence.

Most recently I have delved back into the world of Beauty and Wellness by becoming an official Market Partner with Monat, something I am so wildly passionate about. As a makeup artist, skincare is the most important factor to me in beauty. And if you follow my Instagram stories, you’ll see I’m super active in the gym and dance studio. Staying fit and having clear skin is my top priority in my self care routine, so it made sense for me to work with a company that stands for what I stand for. The challenge here is that a lot of people don’t trust direct marketing, as we may all have our reservations. But I see it like this- we trust big celebrity brands just off the strength of their names not knowing exactly what it is that they’re selling to us. I’ve built a solid following via social media. I share everything I try product wise when it comes to my own skincare struggles. Man oh man when I tell you I think I found the Holy Grail, I mean it!

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

The best advice I can share with anyone who would like to start a business is to just START! Like now! You don’t have to have a perfect plan, because that plan and many other will be scrapped! You learn as you go. Educate yourself. Align yourself with people with similar ventures who have years and years on you. Learn from them. Understand that not everyone will support you, and you can’t take that to heart. Sometimes people who are the closest to you will envy you the most because they see you putting in the work they themselves don’t put in. There will be long days and even longer nights. But if you stick to the vision and allow yourself to fail up, you will succeed. You already succeeded the moment you you decided to START!

Steph Miya
Instagram/Twitter @miyadior

J. Styles A Tale Of Beauty And Fashion

Hi. My name is Janelle, known as a New York Style Coach, J. Styles. Born, raised & reside in New York with a little bit of Jersey. I’ve mothered 3 wonderful children with my husband. Since a small child, I’ve gained a passion & love for style and fashion, from vintage to trending.

Straight out of High School, I attended Cosmetology School to attain my certificate. Hair care has always been my passion, since the age of 4. Remembering days I spent in my bathroom mirror roller setting my hair and in need of my dad’s help, that was epic! Over the years, I gave my services as a beautician, freelance designer, stylist for lifestyle changes & events. I went into college to obtain my Business Degree while working as a stylist part-time for a well known women’s clothing company. During this time, it wasn’t easy as a mom and taking on so many tasks but I made it work for me while continuing through my journey, which was very successful and now my own boss lady of two businesses.

2 Years ago, My sister & I, decided to start making homemade natural hair care products because of the love I and my sister both shared for natural hair, which targets our natural hair community, “Sandy’s Curly Girl’s”, named after our mom, Sandra. We decided on giving it a try and so far so good. Definitely, more than grateful for the love and support we’ve gotten from the natural hair community. All our products are made with organic essential oils, hair butters and leaves that’s beneficial for hair growth, scalp treatment, breakage & more. Our Flaxseed Gel & Shea Moisturizer has been our biggest selling products since day one, a blessing. We’ve faced tough days throughout the year due to the pandemic due to material shortage and delivery delay but that hasn’t stopped us from doing our best to fulfill our customers hair care needs. At the moment, we are rebranding and working on new product ideas to continue our business growth.

Currently, I’m CEO of my own virtual style coaching company J Styles Studio, I’m grateful to get the chance to assist momprenuers all around the world which helps them discover their dope style, brand identity and professional everyday style. As a style coach, I’ve faced some challenging times and was in need of some guidance. I decided to invest in myself and my business during the past year of chaos & daily changes with one of the best business style coaches out of Atlanta, Mrs. Nikki Venus . Before taking out the time to invest within myself and joining the “Style Coach Academy” with amazing stylist and style coaches all over the world, I was low balling my prices with no real sight of my audience and understanding to niche down my preferred clients. Now, I’ve obtained knowledge and professionalism skills to build a greater foundation for my clients while giving them the best style tips to help them stay persistent and inspired because of my decision to invest in myself along with my brand.

My services are to help teach entrepreneur women how to “Embody & Embrace” their style struggles and gain confidence while choosing their professional branding wardrobe without getting overwhelmed, especially moms who feel very limited with time and maintaining their exquisite boss style. At J. Styles Studio, you will not only receive brand style coaching but also, hair care needs, lash services, nutrition options, videography, photography recommendations & more for your next brand shoot, business events and their boss lady lifestyle. I’m here to empower women like myself with female-led businesses to create the business of their dreams and turn it into a success story.

My advice to any young lady or woman that would like to pursue a boss lady lifestyle is always keep your faith, manifest your blessings & gain your inner strength even on your toughest days. Make sure you take time out & spend the money to invest in yourself because it will benefit your business growth. Most important… take pride in yourself and never limit your goals. Remember, that two peoples journeys are not the same, “EMBRACE YOUR JOURNEY”!

Sandy’s Curly Girls website & ig @Sandyscurlygirls on ig
J Styles website & ig
@J.stylesny ig page