We had the good fortune of connecting with MaLisa Riley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi MaLisa, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking comes with a lot of scarifies. You’ll have long nights, early mornings, you’ll hear no’s and have dollar menu days. There will be times where you have to empty your account to invest in your business. This all comes with the territory of being an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are the ultimate risk takers.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an author of children’s book. My first book Tommy’s 2 Mommies” is a book about a young boy in foster care who understands that he has a biological mom and foster mom and although he has a different relationship with the both of them, he loves the both the same. Being a former foster youth I use my gift of writing to pay it forward. I overcame a few creative blockages while I was writing and am still overcoming them today, as I write book two and three. I’ve learned that every day isn’t always going to be a super productive day but a little bit can go along way. Even if I only write one sentence today, I did something!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am located in Hollywood so visiting the stars on the walk of fame would be on the agenda. I would book a slot on Celebrity Helicopters so that we can see the entire city of Los Angeles. The beaches, the inner cities, Downtown, Dodger Stadium, as well as a super close up of the Hollywood sign. My favorite places to eat are Boss A Nova, Top Round Roast Beef, Mr. Fries Man, Oh My Burger, and of course Roscoes. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shout out is dedicated to my son Mason and my husband Brandon. Without the love and support of them I don’t know if I could do it every day. Their encouraging words are a constant reminder to keep going. When my son sees me working hard he says, “Mommy’s in beast mode again.” Just hearing him say that is enough for me to continue working hard for him. When he is in class online, I walk into his room and say, “Son, are you in beast mode?” In my household “beast mode” is like flipping a switch that makes us perform our best.

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Image Credits
Brandon Mathews

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