Tell us all a little about yourself – maybe something people may not know:
I grew up in a very small town and have a very large family that is continuously growing. I have two older sisters and one younger sister.
My parents both worked hard to support us girls and both of my parents were very inspiring to me. My mother had created herself a full clientele as a cosmetologist and my father built her a beautiful salon to work out of – Lisa Marie’s Salon. I spent a lot of time at the salon and even made a couple bucks every once in a while shampooing hair! I actually followed my mom’s footsteps and later became a licensed cosmetologist. I worked in a couple of different salons and though I was great at my job, I realized my passion was not there. I did some research and started to knock out some of my general college courses, changed my major twenty times (exaggerating), and decided that I want to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ultrasound technician). So I finished my prerequisite classes for the program, sent in my application, and was put on a four-year waiting list this time last year. I financially supported myself by working in the restaurant industry serving tables. It wasn’t ideally what I had in mind that I would still be doing at the age of 26, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right? One day, my boyfriend- Andre, was scrolling through his Facebook newsfeed and our Producer - Jenny had posted that she needed someone to run the social media for Start-Up! I jumped on it, had an interview, and they decided that I could be a good fit. I was ecstatic and it was the perfect opportunity for me to ease my way out of waiting tables.
Here is a photo of just my fathers side of the family, can you imagine our family Christmas?!
How would you describe your role on the show?
I am the social media manager for Start-Up. I am in charge of posting most of what you see on our Start-Up Facebook page. I research interesting articles that could be helpful or inspiring to our fellow or would be entrepreneurs and pre-schedule posts. I also upload information into IMDB (Internet Movie Database) such as photos and episode descriptions and make sure the site is up to date. You can check out our behind the scenes photos here http://imdb.to/2lDqqqY and rate our show! I am also in charge of adding subscribers to our newsletter each month and helping gather some of the content that we feature in our newsletter website. That’s pretty much my role on the show, so it’s all behind the scenes!
What is your favorite episode of Start-Up?
My favorite episode of Start-Up is “Spirits Lifted”, episode 3 from season 3. Sproutel- a platform for interactive health education for children with type 1 diabetes, and Air Temple Arts- an aerial dance, circus and movement studio. Both parts of the episode hit a home-run for me. I think it is extremely important for people, especially children, to understand any medical conditions they may have and more importantly being able to take care and give themselves the proper treatment they need. Jerry the Bear, created by the company Sproutel, helps children do just that. The last thing parents want to hear is that their child has a medical condition, but getting their child to understand the importance of taking proper care of themselves is crucial. I think I really put myself into the shoes of a parent during this episode and thought how amazing it must be to have such a fun learning tool for my child going through a life changing event. The second half of the episode featured a business called Air Temple Arts. I have always been a fan of acrobatics and would absolutely love to visit Air Temple Arts and give it a whirl!
If you were to start a new business right now, what type would it be? Why?
If I were to start a business, I think I would like to open something in customer service. Something totally different, a not your average business. My boyfriend (of six years) and I have dreams of owning our own business and both of us are willing to do whatever it takes to make it work. We just need to come up with a business, a plan, and of course some financial help! Here is a photo of Andre and I:
If someone were to take your phone out of your hand and listen to your music, what is the first song that would play?
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell. This has ALWAYS been one of my favorite songs and I catch myself listening to it often. It’s catchy and seems to put me in an uplifting mood. However, I like all sorts of music from tropical house to downright country!