“I provide Marketing/ PR/ Event services to businesses, artist, and individuals holding private events & parties too,” said Brittany Black.
Born and raised in Chicago, Brittany Black or better known by her nick-name Bree or Brit, is 26 years-old and is a Marketing, PR, and Events Coordinator. She transferred to Columbia College Chicago during her junior year for their Music program. “Music is my first love and I’ve been singing and writing since forever, but after a year of being at Columbia my advisor told me that I would have to stay an extra year to complete the program,” she said. As an alternative, Bree decided to take a course in Marketing and from there she was hooked. “I felt like I already knew music so having a business degree with it would give me a solid foundation,” she said.
I had the opportunity of meeting Bree at Columbia College, working with her at the school and now interviewing her on her new business.
Q: What inspired you to have your own business/ company?
A: I’ve always wanted to start a couple businesses, so now that I’m in Grad school, I felt it was the right time to step out on faith and it’s working out really well for me. I’ve been doing this for a while but for other people, so I wanted my own.
Q: What do you hope to gain from having your own business?
A: I’m hoping to gain stability. I want to be able to work and shine without someone firing me. I’m my own boss. I also want to be able to give my clients the best customer service ever. I think that’s huge in business.
Q: How do you market your business? How are people aware of your business?
A: I mainly market my business via social media, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Facebook has been a huge help with me gaining clients. I have flyers too.
Q: Have you encountered any obstacles while getting your business started? If so how are you overcoming those obstacles?
A: Yes, of course. Events get pushed back and clients you think are serious end up not being serious, but at the end of the day you have to keep pushing. I understand it’s just business and I don’t believe in having emotions in business.
Q: Are you working by yourself or do you have a team helping you with your business?
A: I actually started by myself, but I recently hired on two assistants.
Q: Do you have an office space if not do you foresee yourself having one?
A: No, not yet. My business is only about 3 months old but I definitely foresee myself getting a space soon, maybe after 6 months in the business.
Q: Describe/outline your typical day?
A: Well, as I mentioned earlier, I’m in Graduate school so I check my homework assignments daily. I also check my social media pages, my company email, and my website traffic. I work on projects for my clients and I also promote my business/website too.
Q: What motivates you?
A: The fact that I have so many big dreams that I am determined to accomplish. I will accomplish them, there’s no other way.
Q: Who has been your greatest inspiration?
A: I have 4. My mom is number 1 of course. She’s a single mom who worked so hard to give me and my brother everything. She’s the best. Mariah Carey and Aaliyah musically inspire me. They are classic and timeless; they can’t be touched in my eyes. Beyoncé inspires me because she shows me that a woman can have it all. She’s the best in the game, a wife, a mother and she’s still on top.
Q: What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
A: I don’t really have any big fears. If I get nervous or anxious about something I pray about it. I have to trust God that everything is going to be ok.
Q: What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs?
A: 1. Always be persistent
2. Take chances and step out on faith
3. Stay focused
Q: What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
A: 1.Consistency. There will be ups and downs, just don’t give up.
2.Staying true to yourself. People will try to change you, but remain who you are.
3.Networking is so important. This is a skill that you need to make connections.
Q: What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
A: If I’m not working then I’m singing, writing songs, sleeping, or shopping.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the next year and in 5 years?
A: By next year I want to have more clients for events and PR/Marketing. I want to have an office space and to start getting back to my first love which is music. In 5 years I will open more businesses, have more solid brand recognition, and be known world-wide for myPR/Marketing, my music, and my other business.
Q: In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
You can follow Brittany on her social media platforms below and if you’re interested in PR, Marketing or Event services make sure to check out her website and contact her on her site below.
Thanks again! Until next time.
By: Lucia C.
FACEBOOK: Brittany Bree Black