Today we’d like to introduce you to Iesha Gilliam.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ am a 26 years old Memphis native and I have three successful businesses. I knew that I was an entrepreneur around age 11. One of the first ways you can identify yourself as an entrepreneur is that you are always going to find a way to make a hobby into a profit. My first business was launched when I realized that I could easily make a profit on self-taught skills. Formal training is great and sometimes required to develop a skill but self-motivation is the most critical foundation. Perhaps I learned tenacity from years of dominating the court (basketball), or maybe it’s the teamwork that is required to be a champion. None the less success is in my DNA and hard work is in my blood. I used my life experiences to create a platform for me to become an entrepreneur.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I can say it has been an up and down leveled road. Every business venture comes with its challenges but being consistent and persistent were real struggles for me and also maintaining my brand overall. My mom, family, and friends play a huge part in my journey. If there is a hurdle in the way, my mom have all the strategies to jump over it, my friends have a way of kicking it out the way, my family show me how to get around it, and my spiritual advisors, mentors, and pastor show me how to not see it. Once I was able to conquer that I was unstoppable.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the IGLifeBrand story. Tell us more about the business.
My Business Umbrella is Iesha Gilliam, LLC. My goal was to create a cohesive brand that was recognizable and embodied my current and future business endeavors. My first business is IG Light House Media, in which I specialize in Photography and Videography. I started my career at 11 years old taking pictures as a hobby. I would take pictures of other models and go home to practice their poses and walks. Something sparked my interest and that’s when I began taking both hobbies seriously. I took advantage of my self-taught skills and began to model for several years and took photos as a supplemental income. The photography led to videography and eventually I launched other businesses. My years of experience in photography and videography solidified my ability to capture and create moments.
I realized the correlation between capturing and creating. Photography allows me to capture and branding enables me to create. I launched as a confident creator with my second business IG Branding Agency. I wanted to provide clients with specialized consumer related branding. Branding is a lifestyle, not just a pretty flyer. I believe that integrity should be the foundation of every successful brand. This agency specializes in branding and marketing but self-confidence and knowing your audience is critical. My services include but are not limited to creating flyers, logos, business cards, invitations, social media marketing, and much more. Another service I provide under this business is production/project management. I intend to provide clients with a well-rounded experience and branding is just the initial step in establishing a successful business.
So I decided to offer my services to oversee the success of their business from the beginning to the end. The immediate success of my second business led me to my third business. My third business specializes in teaching, training, and equipping the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs. If you don’t invest in yourself who will? Entrepreneurs need encouragement and I decided to be the answer. My most recent project is the “Entrepreneur Decree”. This premiere Entrepreneur Prayer album is comprised of daily decrees for the current and aspiring entrepreneur. This album is the first of its kind and has already made history. This album has already reached several entrepreneurs around the world and is currently available for download via iTunes, google play, Spotify, tidal and Amazon. Feel free to download it and be motivated.
I am a proud of my success as an entrepreneur because I am still standing. The “Entrepreneur Decree” is one project that I am super excited about because it is a history maker. One of the things that set me apart is my creativity and willingness to go beyond the average thinker. I’m innovative and constantly setting trends. One of the biggest things that set me apart is my desire to help other entrepreneur’s. I believe that if I can help others while building up of my own business, then everyone that I touch will be successful.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Honestly, I don’t believe in luck, I believe in the sowing and reaping method. If you sow positivity, good seeds and deeds, it is inevitable you will soon reap it.
- Photography $100hr
- Flyers $75
- Websites $700 above
- Business cards $100
- Website: www.ieshagilliam.com
- Phone: 9014918019
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: iesha_ilj
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iesha.iglighthousemedia
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/IGLifeBrand
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE2LCsDXQdgyuf9F4hnCsCw?view_as=subscriber