We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittanye Blake and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittanye, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
The main habits necessary to success are time management, consistency, and patience. Time management keeps your schedule on track and your business organized. Consistency in marketing your business whether that means social media, business cards, keeping up with past and present clients, or simply building a routine that works for you. Patience is allowing your success to come when it is time. As long as you manage your time properly, stay organized, remain consistent and be patience success will come.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
BB Journalism Services LLC offers professional writing and branding services to businesses and professionals. Services include content writing for social media, websites, and blogs; social media management to manage analytics and customer engagement; content creation for any and all social media platforms. My content is made exclusively for my clients, by myself (BB), to properly and professionally advertise their business and brand as well as my own brand. I am proud of the connections that I have made to build my brand as well as others. The journey has not been easy at all. Between searching for the “right” job in the corporate world and trying to be an entrepreneur full time is very difficult. In my industry, it is difficult to retain clients. Businesses need consistent branding and social media management but most startup businesses cannot afford the cost of that services for extended periods of time. Also, in journalism, things are constantly changing as media changes and news becomes more accessible through various sites, blogs, and social media. I have had to learn that working with others in a creative and competitive industry such as social media, news, and journalism, I will have to accept failure, defeat, bad reviews, and lack of clientele for short periods of time. It may be risky, but you have to bet on yourself. The amount of times we as humans put our trust in others is higher than the amount of times we put our trust in ourselves. I became an entrepreneur inn the midst of a global pandemic, I decided to take money I was not going to make back and purchase an LLC for a business that I had not even begun to receive support or clientele for. That was a certified bet on myself. That was a risk that I’m glad I took because a year in a half later I can say that I bet on myself and I would do the same thing today. The lessons I’ve learned from owning a business is to treat every interaction as a lesson. Build your business model off the good things and bad things that happen in your business. Remain positive, consistent, and patient.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have so many favorite spots in the city! I own a hosting agency, Brittanye B. Hosting Agency, where I offer day/weekend event and activity planning. I have enjoyed living in Tampa/St. Petersburg for the last two in a half years. My favorite places to eat are Thee Tree House for brunch, Rose Bar Tampa for brunch or dinner it’s a beautifully decorated Black Owned restaurant with hookah, for good vibes and food 7th&Grove is a wonderful Black owned spot in Ybor. I also enjoy places in Downtown St.Pete like Birch&Vine for brunch and BellaBrava for dinner. For nightlife, I always make sure my friends experience every aspect of the city from Ybor to Downtown. Habibi Hookah Lounge in Ybor is honestly a hidden gem and Tangra rooftop right across from there is always a nice vibe. You can never go wrong with Park & Rec TPA for wings and drinks and you can watch any sports while there. Eden Downtown is new and it’s right across from one of my favorite dinner spots, Bello Tampa. I have to say my all-time favorite spot is Mr and Mrs Crabs because I love seafood. There’s a lot of great spots, events, and places to go in the city and I try to take my friends on the full experience when they visit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The number one person that deserves recognition is my mom. Without her encouraging me, celebrating me, supporting me I would not be the woman or the business owner I am today. My mom has tremendously helped in building my brand and assisting in the process of writing, client management, and professionalism. Also, I have had great mentors in the field of journalism and media that are there whenever I reach out, especially my Sorority sister Malynda Dorsey – Smith, my NCNW sister/mentor Diane Larche, Carmen Roxxana gave me my first digital writing opportunity, and a host of other mentors that have served in critiquing my writing and other media skills.
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