Feature Me Friday: #YesYouGoGirl Desmone Gambrell-Claxton
Happy Friday! Once again, it is Feature Me Friday: #YesYouGoGirl edition here at Mostly Sugar. Today, we will be shining light on the awesome, hard working, and very inspirational diva, Desmone Gambrell-Claxton. We had the pleasure of chatting with her via email, and she was just as sweet as can be. Desmone is definitely someone you should connect with. Check out her interview below.
Hi Desmone, where are you from?
I was born, and raised in New Haven, CT. After high school I attended school in New York where I found myself living there for 7 years (3 of them in Brooklyn). Just recently moved this past January to Washington, DC.
What inspired you to start your business/career path?
Back in 2012, I was working a full time job as an Assistant Media Planner in NYC at one of the top global media advertising agencies. Unfortunately I was fired due to the fact that the position didn't align with my skill set. I can honestly say that this was the happiest day of my life. At that point in time I knew I wanted to do my own thing and take more a digital career path. I thought about what exactly it was I wanted to do. I wasn't eager to find new employment. With that, I started my blog Media Diva Memoirs. I launched my first blog post on Small-Business Saturday, showcasing small-businesses and their owners. I soon realized that some of the small-businesses lacked a major component to their business, an online presence. At the moment I knew that it was my duty to help small businesses with managing their social media, and helping them with advertising and marketing.
Could you tell us more about your business/profession and any other businesses/professions that you may have?
Media Diva Enterprise is a full-service Social Media, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations and Event Planning. We are an agency that’s specializes in aiding the growth of small-businesses. It is our mission to provide our clients with professional, creative and dynamic strategies for increased value, and awareness. In order to build a competitive advantage we take time, patience, and pride in understanding our client’s needs. Through the implementation of our core strategies, we focus on the demands of your market and consumer buying power; we work diligently to develop plans in order to accomplish company goals in order to maximize their ROI.
What has been your biggest accomplishment on your journey so far?
I would have to say quitting my $45k salary, full time job to move to DC and pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur. A few months into unemployment back 2012, money was slow, bills needed to be paid and fell into a great depression. I was so eager about starting my business but because my drive was low, I was forced to find a job to keep myself afloat.
This time around, I planned it out perfectly where I left my job on my own terms. I'm a lot more serious about building my business, which has opened up so many doors of new opportunities.
What does your ideal future hold for you?
Most importantly, I want to build Media Diva Enterprise to be a global full service agency. My goal is to be the top Black owned agency that will make an increasing impact on our communities’ small-businesses. I would like to open up offices in DC, NYC, LA, Chicago, London, and The Caribbean. . the list goes on.
I also would like to get into food and beverage industry. I have a few ideas in my back pocket. Ones that include a restaurant, food truck, and small shop.
Lastly, I'm working on building a media network for women. I want to fight against the stereotypes of Black women being portrayed negatively in the media. I've begun to conduct interviews, build the platform, and make connections with women empowerment groups across the nation.
Imagine that there is at least one person reading this who is trying to be where you are (as far as starting a business/profession and accomplishing goals). What advice would you give them?
Don't allow yourself to be blinded by your emotions. When times are rough, find ways to keep yourself up and FOCUSED. Take yourself out to lunch, read a book, meditate, or just simply go for a walk. It's also very important that you surround yourself with people who not only understand your vision, but want to help you grow. If that's not the case, they have no place in your life.
If you have an idea, write it down. I have ideas saved literally everywhere . . notebooks, phone notes, e-mails to myself, even napkins. You want to save it instantly because you never know when you'll find yourself revisiting that idea. Hold on to your idea. Make it yours. It's your baby.
How can we continue to follow your journey? (Social media, email, website, etc.?)
Business Twitter and Instagram @MediaDivaEnt
Personal Twitter and Instagram @DCsMediaDiva
Photo Credit: James Sinclair.
Make sure you go and support Desmone and all that she does. She is truly amazing and has a journey worth following. Show your support and support shall return.