We had the good fortune of connecting with Chantay Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chantay, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is how I elevate and discover new ways towards excelling. I remember working in higher education, prior to transitioning to my career in the entertainment industry, I literally JUMPED and took a risk. At the time, I had a full time job, full benefits, and had job security for 8 years. In less than two weeks of having this feeling that I needed to try my luck in the entertainment industry, I quit my job and took a job in the entertainment industry that was to only last for 1-month. ONE MONTH! This was me taking a risk and understanding what that leap would do for me and my future. I had to JUMP and take that risk in order to be bold in my life moving forward. I needed to trust my decision so leaving a 8-year career for a 1-month job was a test to see how bold I was and how much I wanted a change in career. Because of that leap, I never looked back, and I have catapulted so far in my career that it has stretched me to be bold enough to take more risks in my business. I was fearless and because of it, I opened up an office for my book coaching services without even writing a business plan. I figured if I open it, then there was no turning back- I had to succeed. One thing you should always understand is that, in being a business man/woman, you must take risks to elevate to the next level you’re destined for.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love being a Book Coach. Like, the excitement I get the second someone tells me that they are interested in writing a book is like music to my ears! I just love helping my clients develop their story and help them turn it into a masterpiece beyond their original idea. Now, becoming a book coach wasn’t easy; it actually took years beyond releasing my first book for me to understand that I had a skill that came easy to me. Many do not have the skill of story telling effectively so this is where I come in with my fourteen year experience of writing and producing for television. This is what sets me apart from other book/story coaches. In developing my business there were a lot of hurdles I had to jump over in order for me to lock down what I’m able to give my clients. Since I’m a helper in my nature, I was originally all over the place, and I was over extending my services. If my clients wanted an illustrator, I went on the hunt. If they wanted me to ghost write, I lended my expertise. If they wanted me to hold their hand throughout the process regardless of how long it took, I was there for them. This was exhausting for me as a coach, and for me as a creative. I needed to draw a line somewhere because I knew there was no way I could do it all and trying to do it all, will fail either my clients or myself. After a couple years of re-strategizing and revamping the business, I finally came to the conclusion that I needed to stick with Story Development, Book Packaging, and Consultation, regardless of what others needed. It just wasn’t possible for me to service all and that was the hardest thing about revamping my business. I had to say NO. But this is business. In business you have to get comfortable in saying NO in order to deliver what’s needed for your clients; because being a YES person is just draining when you’re juggling many clients. Regarding my brand and my story of getting here, I want the world to know that you do not have to do it all, to get it all. Makes sense? Do not chase the money, chase your skills and rely heavily on that to take you to that next level.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being an Omnivert, this is quite interesting. Naturally, I’m a “stay-at-home” body, but my career takes me outside of the box which shows the extrovert side of me. So… IF I was to show my best friend a really good week long time in the city of Los Angeles, I’d start it off with a Sunday brunch cruise through the Marina where they’re able to enjoy a live band, some champagne, a nice meal, and a great convo while circling the Marina. I’d also take them on a hike up to the Hollywood sign to do the touristy thing. Now while Santa Barbara isn’t in LA county, I’d have them pack a backpack with their favorite things, and we’d take a train ride up the coast to Santa Barbara and go shopping on the boardwalk. I’d also take her to a few of my favorite eatery spots: Tomato Pie pizza, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Salt n Straw ice cream, and Crustaceans for some delicious seafood. And since I love a live band, I would take them to Pips on LaBrea to take in the night.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When you are on the path towards success or towards that “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow, there are soooo many people who held your hand along the way. Because I am open to learning from those who own the shoes I want to stand in, it is hard to pinpoint one person in particular. So because of that, I will actually credit my success to my community; but specifically the drug dealers, the gang bangers, the tough teachers, and many others, because they are the ones who pushed me to see how far I could succeed. I studied my neighborhood as a child and I wanted more. I knew that there was more light beyond those poverty walls if only I used my community as my step stool to catapult. Although most people will see a poverty driven community as a setback, I don’t. But then again, I’m not “most people.” My community shaped me, mentored me, and gave me my voice so I thank them and I shout them out proudly because I’m stronger because of them.