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Meet Eboni Walker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eboni Walker.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eboni. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
From as far as I can remember, I always liked to read. For birthdays and Christmas’s, I would always ask for new books. I enjoyed good storytelling, no matter the genre. That same storytelling evolved in me and gave me an extensive imagination! I would come up with so many fun storylines in my head and make my family and friends act them out. I would even be the scriptwriter and director in my school plays, not fully understanding what I was doing. But I just enjoyed the fun of it. It wasn’t until many years later that, I realized that reading those books and having all of those crazy imaginations would be my future.

I took a step toward that future towards the end of my freshmen year at Florida A&M University. I was majoring in physical therapy, and although I was successfully passing all of my classes, I felt like I was in the wrong space. So, I switched my major to Broadcast Journalism. This is where I was free to create. At first, I was focusing on writing hard and entertainment news but I quickly began to get more familiar with creative writing.

It was the summer before my senior year at FAMU when I grabbed my computer and began writing ‘Undergrad: The First Semester.’ This allowed me to write a story that had been my life in a fictional format for others to enjoy and relate to. Although I received great joy while writing the book, I became so busy with school, internships, and work, that I didn’t finish it until a year and a half later.

But I still did it. Not only did I complete it, but I completed it and self-published the book myself. This alone was hard enough. But it was all worth it after the book was officially complete.

Since the release of the book. It has had much success. I believe I have gotten this far with the book because of how hard I work within the media, film, and business industry. I have received sales that I thought I would never get and it was all from working hard and pushing my product. Due to the many connections I’ve made and all the companies I’ve freelanced for, it is becoming easier to expose my work to the world.

I still have a very long way to go. But I would say that I’m very proud of how far I have come since I graduated from college a year ago.

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?
No. It has not been a smooth ride for me, none whatsoever. When I first got out of college, I had done a ton of internships and I had the work to prove it. But I hadn’t networked enough to secure a good job. I walked out of college with only one job offer in my field and it wasn’t worth it so I turned it down. From that moment on, I moved back home and began hustling to secure a position with a company.

My first big step to kick off my career flying out to the 2018 BET Experience to audition to be a host on their station. Although I didn’t get the opportunity to audition, that weekend I spent in Los Angeles opened so many doors for me that would not have been possible if I didn’t go. From that moment on, I started traveling to any state or city that I could book a gig with. The only thing about this is that I was receiving a lot of experience, and finally building relationships with the right people. But I was getting paid little to nothing. This became a strain on me to do what I needed to do to get the exposure I needed. If it wasn’t for me working multiple side jobs and my mom helping me every step of the way, there is no way I would have made it to where I am today. But of course, people don’t see that side of my journey. They only see me traveling across the country and doing business for big companies and people in the industry.

It wasn’t until I secured a more stable freelance opportunity with this online news outlet that I was really comfortable financially. I worked for the company for about 6 months before the CEO abruptly fired me and the entire team. At that time is when I took a big hit. I no longer had that enormous source of income coming in and it was during a time when I thought I was supposed to be getting a promotion with the company. I took it hard because I didn’t have anything else lined up and it was considered my first real job in the industry. But I eventually shook it off and realized that this gave me the perfect opportunity to finish writing my book. So, I did so. And I realized that getting fired was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was working tirelessly, day and night for a company, to continue to build their net worth and business. When I wasn’t doing anything to build mine. If I wouldn’t have been fired, I would have never taken the time to finish my book because I would have only kept working to please my CEO at the time.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I do a variety of things to ensure multiple sources of income.

One of my works I am most known for is my book ‘Undergrad: The First Semester’ I am the author of the book and owner of all business behind it. My book was released March 10th of 2019 and it has done great thus far. I would say this is currently my most prized possession and what I am most proud of.

I am also known as a broadcast journalism professional. I have worked as an on-air radio personality on multiple radio shows. I have worked as a multi-media journalist and news correspondent for both news stations and online media outlets. I have also worked on multiple production teams for red carpet events. These are all things that I specialize in.

Lastly, I am the CEO of a new online boutique called ‘MMuah Styles’. This business is fairly new, considering, I started it in May. But it is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always been in love with the fashion world and dressed to impress. So, it was only right that I would start my own business helping other women express themselves through their clothing.

What sets me apart from others at this point in my life is the fact that I just do it! I do it and I put my all into it. I know at this day and age people are so worried about what others think. They become consumed with “Is this good enough? Will people like it? Will people buy it?” But I don’t let any of that hold me back. I think of something that I want to put out into the universe, I work on it and then I put it out there! One thing us entrepreneurs have to understand is that everything we do isn’t going to be for everybody. But you can bet your top dollar that it is going to be perfect for someone. You just have to let it reach that someone. And how can you do that if you never put it out there for them to grasp?

I promised myself in 2019, I would do everything that I ever wanted to do or complete everything I had started and then stopped, and I’m doing just that.

I’ve always inspired to be a woman in charge and now I’m taking steps to do just that!

In the future, I see myself in the film industry. Taking all of my visions from paper and putting them on screen. That is my ultimate goal.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career thus far is writing my book, ‘Undergrad: The First Semester.’ It has helped motivate and encourage more people than I could have ever imagined and I can’t wait until it does the same thing for more.

I put my all into writing this book. I wanted to give people something fun to read while encouraging them on how to get past challenging times. And I did just that. I can’t even count how many people reach out to me and tell me how much they love the book and appreciate me taking my time to write it. I get stories all the time about how they truly feel like they can relate to the character in the book and it makes my heart smile. It gives them good comfort to know they are not alone.

This book is only the first book to a series and I can’t wait until I release its sequel. My readers are going to be super excited to get their hands on it. I can’t believe I created something that will reach the likes of people who I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting and never will. This is only the foundation of an empire.

Pricing:

  • Book: ‘Undergrad: The First Semester’ is $12
  • Book Package: $25

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Photographer: Sheepishnarco

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