Last Thursday, social media expert Beverly Macy (author, host, educator, thought-leader extraordinaire) interviewed me on her Social Media and business radio show. My story was really about how I Followed My Dream … and created Vanity Girl Hollywood after getting laid off.
Now that we are five years in, I sometimes lose sight that this all started out of an idea I had during a cheer-up session at the Burke Williams spa here in West hollywood. They say that luck is where inspiration and perspiration intersect, right?
I was lucky – lucky that I had an angel investor who saw my track record, believed in me and respected my marketing chutzpah and put his talent and resources behind this fledgeling dream.
Lucky that I had friends and family who supported this dream, and helped me keep it alive when I didn’t think I could do it.
Lucky that Social Media was this free platform, where I could take my PR and Guerilla marketing tactics to the web and create a machine that would market 24/7, 365. (Big thanks to Alaia Williams for showing me how to blog and use Twitter!)
Lucky that celebrities like Kim Kardashian and YouTube gurus like Kandee Johnson would love this product, and choose to support another female entrepreneur.
Milk Studios, LA 2010
Kim Kardashian and Maxine Tatlonghari
L’Oreal Anniversary Party at the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills
Uber Beauty Blogger Kandee Johnson and Maxine Tatlonghari
And most of all, lucky that a girl named Crystal in Ohio bought that first vanity (only 2 days after I launched my eBay store and blog which I built myself!)and proved that there were THOUSANDS of girls out there who wanted a Backstage Hollywood moment of her very own. I LOVE and appreciate my Vanity Girls more than words could ever express.
Please take a listen. And if it inspires you to follow a dream – any dream – please share it here or of course – find me on Social Media.