Today we’d like to introduce you to Autumn Myers.
Autumn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I moved to New York from Las Vegas after college because I felt like the town was becoming smaller and inspiration was voided within my life. There is this joke I used to say but the longer you stay in Las Vegas, the more it starts to feel like “Lost Vegas.” The town had opportunities but I never really found what made me feel alive. That’s why I packed everything and moved to New York after college. I was scared to leave all I knew for nine years and venture to a new place. It wasn’t this Carrie Bradshaw story either. I was scammed by a guy for the first two months. I then slept on a couch for eight months until I knew I had to leave that situation. I even slept in my ex-boyfriend’s car (boyfriend at the time) for a week before my church community found out and helped me. It was an interesting time for me. I had just started a new role in marketing and I was also looking for an apartment at the same time. But, I was still sitting on this dream that kept coming back about launching a brand that unified all women of color. I kept working in media hoping these big companies would be the big break I needed, but it didn’t fill me. I just knew I had to launch this brand. I remember discussing it with some of my mentors in media and they were saying how it didn’t sound like an ideal site. Others told me it would be rough to bring together a variety of voices to one site.
But like most times in my life, I was stubborn and unwilling to quit. When I launched the brand, it was hard. I wanted it to be more than a blog and more than just my voice. So, I sought for writers, I asked for opinions, and I even made sure to create a budget for the site. But through all the hiccups and setbacks, I did it. It wasn’t perfect but all roads to glory aren’t paved. Today we are growing and have a team of dynamic women, launching events, and honored to share how no matter the situation, your dream is worth the chase.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have battled my depression and anxiety when launching this brand.
I have dealt with financial and personal setbacks such as being homeless.
Along with trying to find where I belonged in a new city.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Queen Sessions – what should we know?
The brand is curated to amplify the voices of women of color and their stories. We are known for more motivational stories and highlighting different perspectives on topics that go unnoticed in our communities. As a woman of color (Black & Puerto Rican), I wish we spoke more on different societal issues.
My team curates content focused around discussing postpartum depression, modern day activists, women in different career fields, and more. We look to fill the gap of voices being left unheard because it doesn’t appeal to mass media.
Most recently we just announced our event series we will be hosting that pertains to showcasing women of color who are small business owners, stylists, and music performers. It will be happening in Long Island on February 29,2020. This event was curated to bring women business owners and talent together in a space that allows us to connect, not compete.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance is a big quality I feel I needed to succeed. After the many setbacks, jobs, and personal let downs, you have to pick yourself up and keep your head high. This quality has helped me really push through and allowed to stay focused on the goals I have set for myself.
Allowing others to lead is another trait you need to have as a leader. Working with other creatives on my team have allowed me to understand how they work and create. When giving your team or collaborators the right to lead, we can flourish. It brings new ideas to the team as well.
Being okay with failure is another trait. We need to use failure as a tool to re-plan and strategize. Use your failures as a roadmap to analyze a new plan and not an attack on your ego.
Lastly, enjoy the wins. We always look at our wins with a “what’s next attitude.” Enjoy them and allow yourself to have a mini celebration. It can be a venti coffee or just splurging on a dinner.
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Thalia Nino at @thaliacameraist