Today we’d like to introduce you to Timea Gaines.
Timea, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As any zealous creative tired of the monotony of corporate America, I started my company after quitting what most considered a “good government job.” I really didn’t have a clear vision at that time but I did know what I was passionate about. I wanted to help launch, activate, and grow emerging brands that were oftentimes overshadowed by bigger corporations. I guess you can say I had an affinity for the underdogs.
This passion intensified when myself and colleague were working on a project to spotlight women during women’s history month in 2013. I was frustrated to learn that women in visual arts were being showcased in Smithsonian’s and museum’s across the world at lesser rates than their male counterparts. To learn that talented women were being marginalized in visual and performing arts moved me to create a space where they could share their art and feel celebrated. I started SheROCKS event in 2013 to showcase, support, and accelerate women in the arts. What started in the basement of my parent’s church in Maryland as an act of support for women in the arts turned into one of my companies greatest initiatives.
When the event and my company started to take off, I received the scariest news that any 20-something reaching success could ever hear. In 2015, I was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer as a full-time entrepreneur and grad student. I battled through chemo, surgeries, and radiation and was finally declared cancer-free in 2016. I also finished my graduate program through my chemotherapy and closed out the semester with a 4.0 GPA. Anyone would’ve been excited, however, my business took a serious hit. It was very hard for me to fathom going back into corporate America after cancer but I had to do something. This experience inspired me to start an organization called Fight After the Fight, Inc. geared towards helping other survivors to adjust to life and thrive after cancer.
After a year back in corporate America, my entire digital engagement team got laid off at the company I worked for. With my entrepreneurial pursuits in tote, I made the decision to start over by moving to Los Angeles to rebuild my business and life post-cancer.
Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing in life is easy, but getting to do what you love makes the journey worthwhile. It has been a journey trying to rebuild my business and transition from the East Coast to the West Coast. Breaking into a new market where no one knows you yet can be challenging, but it’s a challenge I’m up for.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Love Life Media – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Love Life Media is a digital and creative marketing firm focused on developing marketing strategies, brand sponsorships and activations, campaigns, and event experiences for futuristic, social impact, art and lifestyle brands.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love all of the quaint and yummy food spots. LA traffic is the WORST! Lol.
- Website: www.Timeag.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/timeagofficial
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveLifeMedia
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/timeagofficial
- Other: www.SheROCKSevent.com
Love Life Media, LLC; Personal Photo- Carla Taylor