We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamilah Kirksey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamilah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It’s taken me a long time to accept that almost everything comes with a risk. Especially in starting my own business. There’s always the chance of failing but if I were to allow that to hinder me from starting something I’m truly passionate about I’d never find out if I also had a chance at being successful.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I currently work on the marketing team for Junebug Weddings. Landing this position was most definitely a blessing. I’ve improved my creative writing skills, learned different marketing strategies, and how to establish meaningful business connections. Having the chance to write about so many beautiful love stories and witness the work of talented vendors inspired me to go ahead and start my own event planning business. I’m still in the very beginning stages of everything but I’d say my biggest challenge was simply getting out of my own way. I had to accept that even with all of my great ideas I could still fail as a business. However, I no longer allow that thought to stop me from trying. That’s the advice I have for any aspiring entrepreneur—just try what you want and see where it takes you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well since we’re currently still in the midst of a pandemic, I’d honestly just encourage my friends to get creative and stay home! But if the world was in its normal state, I’d probably take my friends out to White Rock Lake in Dallas, do a bit of bar-hopping in Deep Ellum, then end the night stuffing our faces with tacos and a large cup of horchata. It may sound boring, but I’m a simple gal!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d have to say my friend Tamarcus is the main reason I even started Myrtis Mira. He listened to me go on about my ideas for the business for years but I’d never do anything about it because I felt my ideas were too big or unattainable. I give him the credit for breaking down the business building process into small steps that I felt comfortable taking and simply giving me advice that I’d normally have to pay to get from anywhere or anyone else. I owe him a lot.