We had the good fortune of connecting with Alana Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alana, how do you think about risk?
Taking risk separates those who have a dream and those who live their dream. Risk will be necessary in every stage of your life, but it’s not something many are willing to do. I’ve been asked many times before, what do you contribute to your success? My answer is, I didn’t stop. Even when I risked emptying my bank account on a new launch that may possibly fail, or moving forward with an idea that may not succeed. I didn’t stop, and I never will. I do not define success as the amount of cars or money you have, success is living out my purpose. Everyone has a dream, but those that live their dream are those willing to take the necessary risk to get there.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the proud owner of Kinkz Hair Products, which is a natural hair product line. This business was started when I first transitioned to natural and realized just how complicated the process was especially if you don’t have the necessary tools. Once I created the Kinkz Hair Ties, the brand flourished from there and we were able to help women all across the globe feel beautiful with their natural hair.
There are many natural hair care lines out there who sell amazing products, however I feel that our purpose stands out more than our products themselves. We stand on the idea of making women feel confident with their natural hair due to some of the many views in society that paint a different picture of what beautiful hair looks like. When transitioning, it can be very discouraging and can create insecurities in women. Our brand stands to change that and help women regain that confidence.
I worked in the corporate world for a little over 6 years, and it taught me so much about marketing, finances, branding, and much more. While I had the passion to start my business, working in the corporate world supplied me with many of the administrative tools that would help me grow and maintain the business.
While many may fear bumps in the road, I appreciate the lessons. God blesses us with these lessons to allow for us to grow from them and be prepared in the future. Every lesson I’ve learned within my business or my corporate job I’ve stored as lessons for later. I can’t tell you how many times I may be working on something in my business and hit a brain fart, and the light bulb goes off as I recall running into a similar situation in my corporate job and I remember how I solved it. I was blessed to hold a job that prepared me so much in business.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well first I would take her to the Hollywood strip so that she can get it out of her system lol, that seems to be the first place everyone wants to go. From there we would head to Santa Monica Blvd most of our day. Rodeo Drive would come shortly after so that she can feel extra for the day, and we would end our day with Mother Wolf to enjoy their amazing pizza!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I contribute much of my success to my parents. I grew up watching my dad start multiple businesses in search of living his dream. His sheer dedication and perseverance was instilled in me. My work ethic was always to give 100% no matter what I was doing, and it brought me to much success in my life. He told me my entire life that being an entrepreneur was not only in my blood but in my spirit, but I wasn’t ready to accept that. Once I entered the corporate world and realized what I truly wanted to do in life was to run my own company, his words rang in my ear. It was the scariest decision I’ve ever made, but it was also the best.