Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Arnold.
Alicia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My business involves both a travel blog (Uhhlicia.com) and a podcast (OD Podcast).
I’ve always been a great writer. It’s a hobby I abandoned way too soon before realizing it was a unique skill of mine. Once I discovered the beauty of solo travel (due to failed attempts at planning travel with others), there was only one way I felt I could share my adventures with the masses… WRITING. This was the first launch from Uhhlicia Brand, LLC.
About a year later, I was exposed to the multi-layered world of podcasting. When I initially started college, I was in the pursuit of a life-long career in TV & radio broadcasting, but I let the dream deteriorate due to fear of an inconsistent career and a potentially lower salary than I could imagine. I took the “safe” route & majored/minored in three fields: Business, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. As you can tell, I didn’t know what I wanted to do outside of radio. I just knew I wanted to get paid to be myself.
Anywho, I was inspired to launch a podcast which was instantaneously a void filler for me. I get to host on my own platform, being my own self on my own terms & it didn’t require me to stop growing at my 9-5. PERFECT! I started OD Podcast in my home studio & I am very proud of the success over the past year!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I wish I would’ve started Uhhlicia Brand much sooner. I knew I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know what that something was. I was also very fearful of not being successful or “wasting time.” I know there isn’t a way to turn back the hands of time, but exposure and representation is so important. That’s what I was missing. Had I known more about blogging and podcasting much sooner, I know I would have also started much sooner. Hearing and reading stories about people that look like me makes me instantly feel as if I can do anything. BECAUSE I CAN.
If I had to give advice to other women who are just starting their journey, it would be to network and join organizations around your field as soon as possible. This will expose you to paths and people you may not have ever been aware of. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals if you have the access. If you don’t, let’s create them ourselves!
I also heavily suggest teaching yourself unique skills. For example, I learned how to build my own website, produce my own podcast, plan my own trips and many other things that have helped me ensure that my journey is the path I set for myself. After the struggles I experienced with attempting to join ventures with others, the last thing I wanted was to fail at the hands of someone else.
I also believe the use of the internet is paramount to success in today’s culture. Access is literally at the tap of a screen. Read lots of articles, watch lots of videos and make a lot of connections!
Please tell us about your work.
I blog about solo travels. Traveling alone can be VERY intimidating for some, but not me. I break down every hour of my adventures all the way down to how much it costed me. To showcase my colorful personality, I write using language that is very reflective of my real life vernacular & I encourage people to go out and explore this world as well. Whether alone or with a group. It’s more accessible than you think!
I podcast. I talk about everything under the sun my co-host. We provide comedic relief while also ensuring to leave a bit of education on the ears of the listeners of OD Podcast. With the rapid growth of podcasts, I hope to land a permanent spot on the list of faves for my fellow millennials.
I am known for my personality. I know people probably say this a lot about themselves, but even I know the impact I make on people is truly unmatched. I’m funny, I’m weird, I’m awkward and I know no stranger. I honestly make an effort to speak to practically everyone & leave a compliment. I take advantage of calling people by the names on their name tags when they serve me at their place of business.
I am most proud of myself for building my brand own my own through learning, research and dedicated time. A lot of people come to me for tips & it’s very flattering because I used to think the things I did were very simple and surface level. Now, I’ve learned my worth and it’s something that cannot be taken away from me.
My work ethic sets me apart from others. Due to the massive growth of social media, the barriers of entry for many things have been lowered. It’s very common to find multiple people doing the same thing, but I’m always working to perfect my craft so that I can stand out. I am always working to provide the highest quality of my services whether it’s the audio on my podcast or the quality of content on my blog. I become obsessed with my work until I feel it’s comparable to the top contributors in my field.
What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Network, don’t be afraid to share knowledge and learn everything you can.
Networking is imperative for professional growth. Someone out there is looking for you and you don’t even know it yet.
Sharing knowledge is an invaluable currency when it comes to pursuing your passion. I know, sometimes, people want to keep certain finds to themselves to ensure they don’t stunt their own growth, but there isn’t anything wrong with helping someone that’s missing that one piece you inspired them to find.
Fully engulfing yourself in all there is to know about your path will only return great rewards in the long run. This is the greatest security blanket you can have. Who knows your business better than you?
- Website: Uhhlicia.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/uhh.licia
- Twitter: twitter.com/uhhlicia_
- Other: smarturl.it/odpodcast