And I founded Move The Crowd because I realized there was a huge gap in serving the entrepreneurial needs of creatives. Let me explain…
I spent 25 years of my life as an artist, activist – living in my purpose but with not a lot in my bank account. After a come-to-Jesus moment with one of my landlords, I had to admit that while my work was emotionally, creatively and spiritually fulfilling, it was not financially sustainable. This was a big turning point in my life and in my career. I decided that instead of resisting money, I could use it to make an even bigger difference – and live a little better, too!
After sitting at the feet of self-made, multi-million dollar CEOs, I learned the art of business and tripled my income in 8 short months. But several seminars, workshops and conferences later I realized that as great as all this information was there was still a big problem. These CEOs and renown speakers weren’t talking to me. They didn’t understand what it feels like to be a values-driven entrepreneur. To be a young woman of color. To be a cultural creative whose offerings don’t fit into conventional boxes.
It was at one of these leadership retreats that I realized, “There’s a gap to fill here and I’m in a unique position to make that happen.” I’ve mentored hundreds of young change-makers over the years (yes, hundreds) and I’ve learned a few things about community, real career and life support, mentorship and leadership.
At the end of the day, all of us just want to be true to who we are, we want to be valued and well compensated for what we provide, and we want to make a contribution that matters.