We had the good fortune of connecting with Malia Prim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I feel that risks are inevitable in any entrepreneurship setting. Where there is risks there is also satisfaction. The faster you accept that there are risks the quicker your success. I am very familiar with taking risks. As a Black Female Entrepreneur with a college education, risks are at the forefront of every decision. When starting a business we have limited resources and knowledge to financial/business strategies. Systemically there are hurdles that prevent us from getting business loans and other government funded programs. My experience of starting my own business was a major risk due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I was newly married and expecting my first child when i suddenly was laid off. I was forced to make a decision to better my family, While my husband was fortunate enough to remain employed during this time we had to again take a risk and invest everything we possibly could towards my business. Although my business is still in the infant stages, i am slowly starting to see the return of those risks day by day. Even though this is still a worrisome time, i do not regret taking on these risks of stepping out and bettering my situation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist my goal is to always emphasize beauty in every circumstance no matter what it is. Regardless of where you are from what you look like or what hobbies/career path you take you will find positivity. What sets me apart is my ability to think for myself and go outside of the norm. I am not afraid of opinions or breaking social standards. I am where i am today because i never let fear block my vision for my own life. I never wanted to settle for a lifestyle that i was told i had to live. Soon after graduating college i knew i was going to become an entrepreneur. I never wanted to limit my creativity and freedom to express myself no matter what field of work i am in. I faced a number of obstacles due to the lack of financial backing and knowledge of business techniques. To this day i am constantly researching different business strategies, reaching out to other business owners just to stay up to speed of current techniques entrepreneurs follow. Even though i face struggle my end goal stays the same. With the start of my brand, Stray, the goal was to create a product that women did not have. I wanted to create a product that was affordable but yet exclusive. As women we are held to the standard of maintaining perfection at all times. Wearing specific clothing that is extremely uncomfortable which in return opens the floor for body shame, comparison and modification just to “look good”. In reality we want to not only look good but feel good in our own skin. Stray gives women the opportunity to feel sexy and comfortable. It allows the natural body to do the talking.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would love for my best friend to experience one of the greatest gifts of life…FOOD! Our itinerary would consist of visiting a number of restaurants such as Ackee Bamboo, Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Catch LA, Malibu Farm Pier Cafe, STK Steakhouse. As we know, California is surrounded by beautiful views like sunset on the Manhattan Beach Pier. But there is also a number of location to get a good workout. The next activity would be a hike at Runyon Canyon or a visit to the San Dunes in Malibu. Talk about luxury living, panoramic views of LA and the ocean as you workout, truly amazing. After a great workout, we would do a little shopping at The Grove Los Angeles or The Fashion District downtown LA. On our way to shop we would definitely pick up some LIFE CHANGING cookies from Fleurs et sel. Seriously, once of the greatest cookies you will ever have. To conclude the trip, we would explore the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego and possibly hop on the Horn Blower brunch boat tour on the harbor of San Diego. 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 would like to thank God for giving me the ability to navigate in such a hectic time. My husband for supporting me no matter what obstacles we faced. Lastly, Sabrina Brazil for her professional insight in the business world.
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