Breaking Into Entertainment, Don’t Wish to be Successful. EXPECT TO BE!

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you can’t help but notice how social media has changed the game of entertainment, sports and the world of marketing. Social media has leveled the playing field between superstars and bloggers.

On Saturday, June 7th in New York City at the super chic Studio 450 room, the FashionBombDaily.com hosted an empowering event; A Bomb Life 101 Breaking into Entertainment Panel featuring some of the most well-known individuals who are changing the face of entertainment. The event included: Miss Diddy LA, Power 105.1’s Angela Yee, Entrepreneur and Reality Starlet Yandy Smith, Celebrity Stylist Ty Hunter, DJ Kitty Cash, and On Air Correspondent Alicia L. Quarles.

To say the panel was inspirational would be an understatement. Everyone on the panel gave insight on their experiences, and offered real life tips on how to break into their individual industries. The recurring theme during the panel: work hard, set realistic goals, brand yourself, stay tenacious, and stay true to yourself, even in the face of adversity.

Here’s a little background on each of the panelist.

First up, Claire Sulmers, Harvard graduate and founder of the blog The Fashion Bomb Daily, a daily destination for the multicultural fashionista. The blog is now 10 years old and is a full fledge business with a staff of ten. She is one of the most influential bloggers in the world. Now that’s Black Girl Magic!

Miss Diddy LA, brand manager, entrepreneur, promoter, known as the go to girl for everything in LA. Founder of The Brand Group LA a full service Marketing & PR firm.

DJ Kitty Cash, a Brooklyn native, who followed her passion for DJing and became an award winning DJ traveling the world spinning records.

Angela Yee, a Brooklyn native and a radio personality. She is one of the hosts the nationally syndicated morning show The Breakfast Club.

Yandy Smith, the Howard University graduate, is a mother, producer, and reality star as well as entertainment entrepreneur. She has worked with some of the top rappers and musicians in the game. Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, LL Cool, J Busta Rhymes and many others called her their manager.

Alicia L. Quarles, a California Girl. From interviewing A-listers such as Brad Pitt, Oprah, Eli Manning and Anna Wintour for E News, to covering the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for MSNBC, she has become an award-winning journalist.

I’ve saved the best for last. Celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, a Houston native and mostly recognized for styling superstar Beyoncé. Not only is he a stylist to the stars but an entrepreneur and launched a clothing line as well cell phone accessories line.

Get inspired with some of the best advice from event.

  • Treat people the way you want to be treated.

  • It can be scary to start something new but it can change your life.  Be sure in what you want to do and map out what that looks like.

  • Represent yourself well online, you are your own brand. Even when you work behind the scenes you have to brand yourself. Use the internet to you advantage.

  • Don’t let people project their energy on to you. You have power over your life. You have to manifest what you want to happen.Be still and get out of your own way. You will hear a lot of NO’s but you have to keep pushing.Internships are vital to your career and developing. Intern as much as you can!

  • Build a core group of friends and mentors that will keep you positive.

  • Know the difference between someone hating on you and someone trying to help you! Learn how to critique yourself. Start small, grow and be proactive. Always think about the big picture.

  • Some success is toxic. Always be true to who you are. Find one thing that will make you stand out in the crowd.

  • Always take risk and never get too comfortable. Learn to let things go. Your worry today will not be your worry tomorrow.

  • Pray a lot!

If there was one thing I took away from the event was, DON’T WISH TO BE SUCCESSFUL. EXPECT TO BE.

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