Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Soliman.
Hi Sarah, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
My journey into entrepreneurship may sound very similar to most. I almost “fell into it” after getting more acquainted with my business acumen while working for others. Once I graduated college and entered the workforce, I never viewed myself as a business owner until I experienced a toxic work environment where employees weren’t truly appreciated. Through the negative experiences, I realized that I had a natural ability to lead and the skill sets needed to run a successful business. From there, I took a leap of faith by leaving a comfortable salaried position and planted my own roots. I told myself that I had nothing to lose because corporate America was always in my back pocket. I worked tirelessly to ensure I built and nurtured relationships I had established over the course of my career. Day by day, my business blossomed and I reflect often on the rocky journey it took to be standing where I am today. It’s truly the best decision I have made to date.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My journey was anything but smooth. Leaving the company I previously worked for caused quite a disruption. I was bad-mouthed, threatened, and intimidated for years at the beginning of my journey. I quickly learned the true meaning of “turn the other cheek” and constantly ignored the noise to rise above. In addition, being a young woman business owner in a male-dominated industry like production comes with its own set of challenges. I was in my late twenties walking into meetings at a disadvantage simply because I looked inexperienced. I suffered a lot from imposter syndrome which is reflected in the pricing structure of my business. I would wrestle with the fact that others viewed me as a young girl with little experience and pricing services according to the actual value. What made all of the hurdles more tolerable were my family and my team. I have a tremendous support system that I would be completely lost without. I have absolutely no regrets and wouldn’t change one single aspect of my experiences because it’s shaped me into a strong, tenacious, unwavering woman in business and beyond.
We’ve been impressed with Soliman Productions, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Soliman Productions is a full production agency serving the meetings and events industry at large with content marketing in all facets. Our services include video production, virtual and hybrid event experiences, AV services, photography, social media strategies, onsite event content activations, and more. We pride ourselves on being the partner organizations that come to for any and all things visual for their event and extend those visuals into a full year-round strategy.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Networking isn’t easy for most of us. One thing I have learned over the past decade is to embrace your weirdness. When I walk into a room and approach a group of people, I don’t know but want to get to know, I don’t take myself too seriously. I poke fun at myself a lot, and that’s strategic because it takes those corporate walls down; we’re all conditioned to build in business. Just be you. Everyone is weird and every single person in that networking setting shares in that Un comfortability together. You can’t go wrong by just being human. Be you!
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