Winners Focus On Winning Losers Focus on Winners: Interview with Young Entrepreneur Karahn Alston

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CEO Karahn Alston                         

Meet 21 year old Karahn Alston owner of Don Enterprises. Karahn is taking his future into his own hands by starting up his own Public relations and Management company. He has always carried a passion to help others and after a rough patch in his life he found exactly where he was meant to be. To make it in this industry you have to carry a confidence that not everyone can handle. His personality and ambitions definitely shines through his work. His company provides its clients with branding strategies, brand/ crisis management, and promotions. I had opportunity to sit down with him and discuss is aspirations and where he sees his company in the next few years.

We discussed the following:

ZI: What gave you the idea of creating your own brand? When did you know this is something that you would wanted to do?

KA: Once I learned about PR, one of my good friends Trizz told me ways I really can make money helping musicians with their music. He is a rapper, engineer & producer so it knew what artist needed in order to succeed. Once he gave me the blueprint I ran with it and started seeing success early.From there I was hesitant about going out and starting my own company but from a lot of close people such as my girlfriend, my brother Fatty and my cousin Kobe gave me the confidence to go after my vision. they supported me and once I seen they believed in me I knew I was going to be good. I give a lot of thanks to my mom because, she always tells that my mind and personality could change peoples lives one day.

ZI: What challenges did or do you face when it comes to building and maintaining your brand?

KA: It is all a lot of hard work. The toughest thing for me is staying consistent with that and managing all of my clients. I work with a lot of people, so I have so many personalities and goals that I have to focus on. Everything else I can handle, I perform the best when people depend on me. I was nervous because, I didn’t know how people would react but soon as seen the feedback I knew this was something that was meant for me.

ZI: You work with a lot of up and coming Baltimore artist can you name a few?

KA: I work with so many people it’s so hard to name them all, I work with a few artists, I also work with people in other industries. I want people to know that DON ENTERPRISES is not just for musicians. I work with Pistol P, SDOT, the entire Double S label and about 5 other artists. I work with my girlfriend with her hair company that’s called Brazen Bundles, I work with my sister with her interior design company “Keniqua Alston designs” and a few small businesses.

ZI: How will you differentiate your brand from others who do the same thing as you?

KA: I`m different from other brands because, I build more than money I build connections with all of my clients. I am not money hungry. I have a solid relationship with all of my clients. I am very versatile, I am never focusing on one industry. My plan is for every one of my clients to reach all of their goals. My goal is for everyone to make money, keep a positive image and constantly improve their craft.

ZI: What advice would you give to someone else looking to start their own business?

KA: First, I would say develop a plan. Find a passion and learn any and everything about that is needed. Once you find what you are destined for, take a chance on yourself and get everything that you deserve. So many people see someone making success in something and immediately think they can do it too instead of paving a way for themselves.

ZI: Where do you see yourself and your brand in the next 5 years?

KA: In  5 years I plan to have a headquarters in New York with branches in other major cities. I plan to have the top athletes, musicians, actors, models, businesses, etc. under me. I will get them sponsorships, help with branding, advertising, promotion, management, PR etc. I see my only completion right now is Roc Nation.

ZI: What can your supporters expect from you this year?

KA: I am 4 months into this business. I expect my supporters to see me make immediate progression in my client’s success. I work extremely hard understanding my clients on a personal level, their goals and from there I strive to connect the dots for them to reach success.

Follow Karahn on his social media platforms for more information on his business!

Twitter: @RAHNDADON

Instagram: @RAHNDADON

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Beauty in the Image of God: Interview with Rising Clothing Brand “GodMadeGlobal”

 

 

When people think of the world around us and how it came about people find themselves thinking of what man or business made what. However, nothing in this world is necessarily made without the help of God. 21- year old Palmer Williams & 20-year old Julian Gerald co-own the brand Godmadeglobal have taking that thought into their own hands and created a brand that expresses that very reality that nothing is made without the help of God. Their brand not only embodies the spirit of God but, embraces individuality , artistry , and style. These two are definitely on to something new and we here at ZealousInked are excited to see what they are working with!

Transcription of interview :

ZI: What is your current fashion trend? What is your least favorite?

Palmer: My favorite fashion trend has to be flannels and crossbody bags. When it comes to my least favorite I don’t really have one I see fashion as a way to express your individuality.

Julian: My favorite fashion trend is retro hipster style which is really what street wear is looking towards

ZI: What does fashion mean to you?

Palmer: Fashion means to me is what’s hip & in style.

Julian: I believe that fashion to me is what’s hip and in style but also predicting what it is about to be.

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Palmer Williams & Julian Gerald

ZI: Describe your creative strategy when it comes to designing your pieces? What differentiates you from other brands?

Palmer: The difference between us & other brands is were way more involved with people… we are open-minded & give the people a chance to be apart of the creative process.

Julian: My strategy is really just see what’s going on around me and try to recreate that with my own trademark.

ZI: Where do you see your brand in the next 5 years?

Palmer: I see our brand being global, God willing.

Julian: The next five years I see us being global and reaching more than just people where we are from.

ZI: What does “Godmade” mean? Where did the name come from?

Palmer: Godmade means to me being made by in the image of God, No matter my beliefs in Godmade.

Julian: To be made in the image of God is to be created beautifully Godmade to me is beauty.

Be sure to follow @Godmadeglobal on twitter and Instagram!

http://www.godmadeglobal.com 

Video Creds: Jamar Triplett

Socials: @VerryRarre

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interviewer: Alexus Clanton

Who What Wear: Interview with Designer T. WALK

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Pictured: CEO  Terrica Walker

If you wanna know who the next IT GIRL will be in the fashion industry, then look no further than T. WALK. At only 21 years old, she has launched her very own clothing line “WALK by T.WALK.” She has always carried a passion for creativity but, after completing college in 3 years her passion turned into a reality. Classy but sassy. These are some of the terms that would accurately describe the style of this fashion-forward designer. I had the pleasure of interviewing her and I am excited to see what she has coming up in the near future and wish her all the best on her journey.

We discussed the following:

AC: What does fashion mean to you?
TW:Fashion, to me, means a first impression.  People often refer to fashion as just clothes or “materialistic” without realizing that your fashion sense is one of the first things people will notice about you.  It’s a chance to be creative and express your personality without even having to speak.

AC: Currently, what is your favorite fashion trend? What is your least favorite?
TW: I’m really enjoying this sort of step back into the 90s trend that is circulating right now.  I think it really shows how fashion is truly just a cycle that reinvents itself time after time.  I don’t really have a least favorite fashion trend, I’m enjoying the route fashion is taking right now.

AC: You mentioned after seeing “The devil wears Prada” that`s when you were first introduced to the world of fashion, but what made you come up with the idea of “WALK” being your first big project?
TW: Well, I always knew I wanted to be the “Miranda” of the Devil Wears Prada.  I loved the idea of being a boss woman.  WALK wasn’t necessarily an “idea” I came up with, it was literally something I always knew I’d do, even at a young age.  The timing just never felt right.  After graduating college, I knew it was the right time and I acted on it quickly.

AC: What do you enjoy most about designing clothes?
TW: The process! I love how something starts on a piece of paper and then within a few weeks it’s in physical form.  I’ll sketch dozens of designs before narrowing it down to the 5-10 I ultimately pick.  I love that.  I guess what I love most is just seeing something in my head become a reality.  It reminds me that I can create anything.

AC: If you could collaborate with any celebrity, who would it be? Why?
TW: Anna Wintour with no hesitation.  Anna Wintour is a muse for me.  She, in my opinion, dominates fashion in nearly every way.  If I could collaborate with anyone, I feel it would only be right I do it with her.  In close second, though, I would love to collaborate with Olivier Rousteing.  He’s young, black and respected in the industry…things I admire.

AC: Describe your creative strategy when it comes to designing your pieces?
TW: I don’t have one.  I have no strategy, no process.  I’ll literally be on the couch, drinking tea, watching Amazing World of Gumball and just see something random that sparks me to sketch, and I’ll draw it in 10 seconds and go back to watching cartoons.  Or I’ll be sleep and just randomly feel the urge to sketch something.  Whenever I feel the impulse, I draw it right away and refer to it later to perfect it.

AC: There are so many people out right now doing the same thing that you are doing, trying to build their own fashion brand from the ground up.How do you plan to be different or what can you say if different about your brand?
TW: I don’t plan to be different, I just plan to be myself, work sun up to sun down, and enjoy this journey.  People are convinced that success is limited, but it isn’t.  I don’t look left or right, I know how far I want WALK to go and I’ll put in overtime to get it there.  My brand is different because it has me behind it…someone else’s brand is different because it has them behind it.  We can all be successful doing the same thing.  I wish success on everyone!

AC: What goals do you have for yourself and your brand in the next 5 years?
TW:In the next five years, my personal goal is to make Forbes 30 under 30.  I’m dedicated to that whole-heartedly!  As for my brand, I want it to be a diverse, yet respected company.  I’ve already started working on WALK Sport and WALK skincare…I’ll eventually branch out to makeup, furniture and health.  I want WALK to ultimately be up there with the Fortune 500s.

AC: What advice would you have for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in fashion?
TW:Take your time, but don’t waste time.  Plan accordingly, but don’t OVER-plan.  Be decisive…don’t overthink.  And literally just do it.  There’s no rules to anything we do…that applies to everything.  Of course it will be hard work like with anything else, but if you want to pursue a career in fashion, then pursue a career in fashion.  It is as simple as it sounds.

You can find WALK BY T.WALK products on her site: www.walk-co.com

You can also find her on Instagram & Twitter for updates on new releases below

Instagram:@tee.walk

Twitter:@_teewalk

Interview with Hip Hop Artist “Lil STL”

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Hip-hop artist and emcee, LIL STL, is an enigmatic, and provocative young talent.
He creates raw lyrical content that gives listeners a clear visual of street culture that
is beyond the typical gangster mentality. LIL STL has had features with artist such as Yo Gotti, Kash Doll, and also has opened for legends 2 Chains and Pusha T.  He hopes to collaborate with artist such as Kodak Black, Young Cash, and Future. Since the release of his single “Whitney & Bobby” he has created quite the buzz around the country.  He is someone to look out for as he proves that he has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

We discussed the following:

ZI:What do you enjoy most about making music?

LILSTL: What I love the most is having the freedom to be myself creatively and artistically.

ZI:What would you say inspires your music?

LILSTL: Life itself…

ZI:What message do you want people to receive through your music?

LILSTL: My artistry… I want people to get that I`m an artist and I work hard.

LilSTL2.jpgZI:How did you feel going on tour with 2 Chainz & Pusha T? how was the experience was it what you expected?

LILSTL:Being on tour was definitely humbling. The crowds were so dope and I am just happy I got the opportunity and gained exposure.

 

ZI:There are a lot of rappers who are hot right now….What would you say is different about your sound?

LILSTL: I would say my Originality.

ZI:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your music?

LILSTL: Too much company

ZI:You just dropped your newest single “Whitney & Bobby” which really goes hard when I listened to it…. What can your fans expect to see from you within the next year… anything big planned?

LILSTL: Lots of new music and new projects.

 

Be sure to check out his latest single “Whitney & Bobby”

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To check out more of Lil STL`s music follow him on the following social media outlets listed below

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