We had the good fortune of connecting with Yetunde Oreagba and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yetunde, how do you think about risk?
I used to consider myself risk averse because I used to be anxious and liked to play it safe to protect myself from failing. Becoming an entrepreneur though pushed me to start taking risks. Taking risks has been the cornerstone of what has propelled me forward as I continue to build my business. I took a risk when I decided to start and run my business full-time and start doing something I had never done exclusively for myself before. I was now marketing, creating my website, implementing operations and systems, following up on leads, planning for events, and managing my social media. This was the first time I was activating all of these skills to create my own success and it was daunting!
I took a risk when I pitched my design services to the beautiful and gracious Ms. Jacky Oh and to my pleasant surprise, I was hired by one of my first celebrity clients! I took a risk putting myself out there to be judged when I entered a scholarship contest. My bestie and fellow entreprenista, Chanae Jones, of Henna by Chae recommended the event planners conference to me and I won.
I’ve gained more confidence with every risk I’ve taken, but ultimately the credit goes to God for always speaking to me & seeing me through every time.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have loved art since I studied art history at JHU when I was in the Center for Talented Youth program as a kid. I genuinely love the joy balloons bring people, and I love creating immersive experiences. I’m most proud of my gaffing and rigging abilities because there is definitely a rhyme and a reason to how my team and I install balloons, but a lot of it is on the spot, thinking on your toes, and thinking fast! Sometimes it’s just a battle against the elements and tried and true techniques that have worked in the past need to be rejigged, and I enjoy the challenge. It has taken me tons of practice, hours watching YouTube videos, joining event planner groups, and master classes to get to where I am today. I have met every challenge with faith that God will see me through. I have learned that planning for success is key, but staying calm under pressure and keeping my faith is most important to meet any challenge. I want the world to be inspired my brand and philosophy to see the world without limits.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who deserve a shoutout for supporting me, but the first shoutout goes to God for ordering my steps and leading me on my entrepreneurial path. A huge shoutout goes to my family for all of their love and support. I have so much love for my bestie, Chanae Jones, of Henna by Chae who not only recommended me for this interview, but literally never shirks at any opportunity to support me as a friend and in my business goals! I have to shoutout a gem, Debz Binutu, the person who not only encouraged me to start an events business, but was my first client! I want to thank Ms. Jacky for supporting my small business and Denise ‘TheyWantTheD’ and Freedom for speaking life into me because it still means so much to me. There are so many more people to thank for all of my close friends to valued client who have supported me. I am very, very blessed, and so grateful.
Other: TikTok: pop.oasis
Craig Shoots 23 LLC Bria Hamlett