You learn something new everyday. I’m up writing this post at 1 o’clock in the morning. I have a very short list of women who inspire me in real life. Myleik Teele is definitely one of them. She is at the top of my list of women who do more than they say. I like to refer to her as the Oprah of the younger generation of social entrepreneurs. If Myleik tells you to do something you should probably go do it.
I have never met Myleik but following someone for several years on various social media platforms has a way of giving you a false sense of friendship in real life. She’s my mentor in my head and her podcasts have gotten me through some rough times in my life. I use her yearly productivity journals as a propeller to guide me through each year. Because of this I will essentially become the person I was placed on this earth to be.
Most of you know her as the owner of Curlbox. Curlbox is a unique company engineered to bring natural hair products into the homes of African American women who needed to find a regimen in order to be able to tame their mane. Not only did she accomplish this she continues to sell out subscriptions to women across the country every month. I was a subscriber and because of this service I was able to find the products that cater specifically to my hair type.
This particular post isn’t about Myleik’s business; however, it is about what she has inspired me to do. I listen to her podcasts religiously and most recently she spoke about creating visuals that speak to what I do as an entrepreneur. I am working towards building a website for my styling services now that my 2016 portfolio is coming to a close and I do not have a headshot (insert stressed emoticon).
If there is one of several things that Myleik is good at it is curating visuals of herself and for her business. Every year she orchestrates a “headshot” that’s anything but… a headshot. We know her as a creative and her photos are drenched in creativity. Her wardrobe is one to be desired and her mixed prints coupled with stunning interior design capture our attention every time.
Myleik and her photographer Itaysha make it look so easy! I have definitely made it my goal to create visuals of my own and step outside of the box to ensure that they are more than just a cheesy actors headshot. This particular image is one of my personal faves (who doesn’t love gold sequins and shag!).
The goal of the shoot is to summarize the essence of what you do and who you are as a person. Myleik is a content creator, a hair care enthusiast, an avid reader, a motivator of minds, and just plain dope! If you had to assume that by looking at these shots you would be absolutely right.
She is FEARLESS! I understand the role that a good website plays in marketing your business. You can not JUST be good at what you do. Even if you are the best there is always someone who is just as good if not better. How you separate yourself is to strip away everything that is unnecessary and highlight the importance of your business and what you have to offer. The internet places another option at the fingertips of your audience. It is up to me to make sure my business is visually appealing and easily accessible.
Myleik recently did a shoot for the visuals for 2017 and from what I’ve seen so far it is going to be another successful project. I am optimistic that I have been thoroughly inspired to create something for myself. She has taught me so many things throughout the years. I am not quite ready to meet her. The opportunity has presented a few times along the way but I am a strong believer that nothing happens before it is supposed to and not a minute sooner.
If you had to take something away from this post it should be to create some visual self marketing images for your business (if you have one) and to make sure that ALL aspects of your company are catered to not JUST the job. If you have gotten this far I’ve attached some of the looks I plan to wear for my own shoot. If I remember I will come back and share the images with you once they are complete. Thank you for reading.