We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie & Aamber Ladies Doing Stuff Podcast and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlie & Aamber, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
When we think about risk, we think of the pioneers of many different industries and how the risks lead to an improved way of life. The risk-takers are the ones who challenge the norm and create a new perspective that many would dare to dream of. We consider ourselves risk-takers because we’re making an effort to get our perspective seen and our voices heard; something that isn’t quite common with women of color. Risk-taking is essential for growth and has been an important part of our development as individuals and as co-hosts of our podcast.
What should our readers know about your business?
We both have started several businesses individually, but together we’ve created Creatives in Color; a company that curates networking events for people of color in creative industries such as photography, advertising, dance etc. Of course, everyone is welcome, however, we wanted to provide a safe space for people of color to express themselves freely and to possibly partner with others at our events for future projects. It’s designed to build a strong community of POC rather than have us compete against one another. With every startup, there are some challenges and we were no stranger to them. Our first event was karaoke night (complete with hitting the dance floor afterwards) and although we all had a blast the whole time, the coordination of it all was stressful from getting people to officially RSVP to planning the logistics of it all. That’s not to say it wasn’t worth it! Everyone who attended has since become friends and stay in regular contact. We’ve definitely learned a lot from planning the first event and we can’t wait to plan the next one with the knowledge we have now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The absolute very first place we take anyone is Birds located in Hollywood and immediately afterwards we’re going to the 11 o’clock improv show at UCB that’s literally right next door to Birds. Maybe we’ll stop by Van Leeuwen’s ice cream for our fave: vegan turmeric and sugar cookie ice cream, or travel all the way to Larchmont Village to go to Salt & Straw for some goat cheese and olive brittle ice cream. It all sounds weird but trust us! We’ll never steer you in the wrong direction. The next morning we’re going to Hilltop Coffee and Kitchen; our recent favorite black-owned coffee shop that just so happened to be featured on Insecure. Going to Griffith Park for a hike is mandatory, and afterwards, we’d get dinner in Little Ethiopia. Long Beach is one of our favorite places, so we’d finish the week with lots of beach time, bar-hopping on Retro Row, and scouting the best Thai food places in the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, there’s a few people we’d love to shout out! First and foremost our listeners and subscribers! We’ve received so much support from them that we unintentionally became a little community of our own. It’s been so amazing connecting with various people across the country and having strangers turn into family. We also would like to shoutout everyone who’s helped us behind the scenes, donated on Patreon, showed up to our events, and our mentors Frantz and Eric who continue to challenge us and encourage our growth, We’re so lucky to have a strong network of people who believe in us and our vision, and if we’re being honest, we would’ve given up a long time ago if it weren’t for them.
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