Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Fredericks.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
2 1/2 years ago, I received an email that a company wide meeting was going to take place immediately. When I arrived at the meeting everyone was buzzing with theories about what the meeting could be about. I worked for a small Aerospace company so we all crowded in the cafeteria where a representative from our parent company announced that our facility was permanently closing down in Sept/ Oct (2018).
I was a little relieved to hear this news because my husband & I just launched our first tour and I was debating on quitting my job anyway, but I chickened out at the last minute and decided to go part-time instead. So, this allowed me to walk away without a choice, but I was also terrified because while most people are excited about getting their license at 16, I was most excited about getting a job and being able to provide for myself. When Oct came around and the doors to my facility officially closed, it launched me into the deep of entrepreneurship. This hasn’t been an easy or obvious journey for me, but it’s been something that I have greatly enjoyed thus far!
Has it been a smooth road?
The most significant struggle I have is that I don’t fit into a nice box as an ‘influencer.’ I feel like my brand is that I’m simply a woman…I enjoy a lot of different things because as women, we’re not one dimensional and trying to center my brand around that has been hard.
I also struggle with feelings of self-doubt & imposter syndrome. A LOT. probably more than the above. It’s hard for me to feel like I belong in this space since it was never a dream or goal of mine. I always saw myself as a 9-5 person, so to have the freedom & flexibility and responsibility of navigating my own way is a huge undertaking, but also comes with a lot of control over what my future could be and that excites me.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with MrsKevOnStage – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a personal brand, so a lot of what I offer is simply a voice & platform to women who identify & resonate with what I’m going through. And that could be anything from: home decor, cooking, planning a birthday party and makeup.
These are all the things that women do/face on a daily basis. I offer nothing more than a glimpse into that life.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I live in LA. I love LA. It’s a beautiful city and we’ve been able to make great friends & connections here. The weather is great and it’s afforded us a ton of opportunities.
I also hate LA because it’s so expensive!!