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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nisa Traylise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nisa Traylise.

Hi Nisa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I never desired to work for anyone since I learned what an entrepreneur was in about the 2nd grade. I used to want to be a hairstylist. I taught myself how to braid and everything, I even went to school for it but I wasn’t as passionate about it as I thought. I’ve been creative all my life and on my 25th birthday, I made myself a tutu. A year or two later, my niece asked for a tutu for her birthday, then a friend asked me to make her daughter a tutu for a Halloween costume. So I started my business in 2017. I went to a couple of friends and asked what my business name should be and showed them what I wanted to do. Every picture, they would be like “omg that is tooo cute” so that’s where That’s Tu’Cute came from. At first, it was just tutus and tutu sets.

I would make the tutus myself and make the designs for the shirts and get them printed at the Slauson because I didn’t have the machines to do it myself. Before my first year was over not only had, I bought my own machines, but I taught myself how to use them. I eventually expanded from tutus to custom clothing. Then party favors piqued my interest and when I started those, it opened the flood gates. I would see my party favors on the treat table of parties and would be like it would’ve looked better like this or it needs this. That’s how I got into party decor and planning and now I do everything. I do custom clothing, I sell onesies, I plan and decorate parties, I do custom party favors, dessert tables, props, balloon arrangements, I’m really a one stop shop.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has absolutely not been a smooth road because I’m self-taught a lot of what I do is trial and error. My first big order was literally a month after I started, I had an order for about 30 tutus, I stayed up four days making those tutus. Also, just learning that you can’t give people the same energy they give you. I’ve had some crazy experiences with customers, but you can’t return that energy because that’s bad for business. I’ve also struggled with not internalizing when something goes wrong. I got like a 97% success rate but that 3% be eating me up. I used to try to quit every time something didn’t go right but my support team wasn’t having it.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I create memories. That’s what I specialize in, creating memories. Every party favor, every tutu set, every custom outfit, they’re all a part of a memory that’ll last a lifetime. I’m most proud of the party favors. That’s like my staple. I love doing them, I love when people see them. Party favors allow me to be the most creative. What sets me apart is my creativity. I get a lot of the same themes but I try to make each one different. I incorporate different things, try new stuff, see what sticks.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Honestly, that they’re orders and support literally keep me going. Not even in like a general way, or from a business aspect, but personally. My girlfriend died in 2019 and my brother died in 2020. I took both deaths hard naturally, I didn’t have the energy for nothing but knowing I had these orders to fulfill for these babies parties has always kept me going. Also, I’m really all about circulating black dollars, from my Pop Up Party that I host every year to actually supporting, promoting, helping develop small black businesses. It’s something I’m very passionate about.

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Onesie photo shoot @fromheavensview

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