We had the good fortune of connecting with Felicia “The Poetess” Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Felicia “The Poetess”, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I began thinking about starting my business after I lost my last job. My thought process was “with my 30 years in radio and 10 years in podcasting, I have the knowledge and will to start my own business”. The radio business had changed drastically over the past few years and podcasting was on the horizon. I could not bring myself to look for another job. So, I took my savings and I started a crowdfunding campaign – and used the initial funds to lease a building to open my podcast studio. I realized that after taking the first step everything started to fall in place. I struggled and stressed for the first 2 to 3 years but once I realized it was my purpose, the worrying has been far less.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the owner of Morris Media Studios. We are excited to be located in the heart of the Leimert Park/Crenshaw community. I got to where I am now, business wise because of passion and faith and the financial support of clients, friends and family. The journey hasn’t been easy but once I realized it was my purpose. I worried less. Some of the lessons learned are being an entrepreneur can be at times, a lonely yet rewarding journey. Our brand and story is about community.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to send a shout up to heaven to my dad, Johnny Morris, who inspired me at a young age to get into radio and entertainment by being a great example. His passion for radio, his integrity and love by his peers is something that I hope to model throughout my career.