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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jerome Woodson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerome Woodson.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Originally I’m from Saginaw Michigan, a small city near Detroit, it’s not nearly as popular so it’s always overlooked. I always felt as if my city was too small for me and that I needed to be in a place where I was around more like-minded people, people that could spark my Imagination and sharpen my skills. 2012 I enrolled into the institute of art in FT. Lauderdale. I was 22 years old, 21 hours away from home and in a much bigger city I knew nothing about and to top it off, I didn’t know anyone, but I was determined to be successful. Life was hard; I didn’t have the means to support this goal of mine. This pressing need to be successful that tormented me. It was a daily struggle to choose school Supplies that I had to pay for out of pocket or food. Eventually, I left the art institute, long story short, I just couldn’t afford it. I knew going into it that I couldn’t afford it but I needed to make that bold move to see what else was out there, to show myself the extent I’m willing to go to for my dreams. What am I willing to sacrifice? How much am I willing to adapt? These are questions I still ask myself today, they keep me moving forward in this ever-changing world. Knowing that nothing last forever, not good or bad, so I have to always be in a mode of sacrifice and adaptation in order to be successful. Willing to stretch myself and get outside of my comfort zone, I’m still grateful for that experience today and I wouldn’t change anything about it.

I spent nearly one year back home in Michigan trying to find my peace, in doing so I became a lot closer to God but I was missing something. March 4, 2014 I joined the military. I left home again and I enlisted in the army as an airborne parachute rigger. I enjoyed the military. Jumping out of airplanes making friends with people I still talk to today, even though I’ve been out the military nearly a year. With all this fun and excitement, my passion was still pulling at me, even more so at that time because I had money to shop to my heart’s content. I’m convinced my passion for fashion derived from the lack of having it. I quickly noticed shopping wasn’t enough and in order for me to live out my destiny, I needed to start my own business and introduce to the world my creations. In 2019 while home on leave, I began plotting my exit from the military and I would do so with the birth of “STAY CREATIONS” my online boutique. I didn’t know anything about business or how to form a LLC, but I had to learn quickly.

During 2020 I had to sharpen my skills, I had to focus, I had to lean on God like never before. Being an entrepreneur has caused me to become a photographer, model, graphic designer, accountant, just to name a few and do various other things like fly drones and edit videos. Most importantly being an entrepreneur has caused me to increase my faith, build my confidence, get further out of my comfort zone and it has taught me to value time. I was officially out of the Army Dec. 5, 2020 and I’ve been running, growing, adapting and sacrificing every since. Being an entrepreneur is hard work but it’s worth it. My brand is constantly growing and I can honestly say I’m glad I made the moves I did, and I’m proud of myself. The brand is far from where I want it to be but it’s even further away from the days I was just writing down names in a notebook, asking God if I should even make this move. I have a great product that keeps getting better! That keeping evolving, that keeps challenging me to go beyond the limitations of my knowledge and skills. I’m still working towards building a team. I’m still working towards “my big break” but I know everything happens in its season, so until then I keep showing up and giving it my all.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t think the road to success or being an entrepreneur is ever smooth. There’s always going to be some challenge or opposing force because that’s just life. Like I mentioned before, nothing lasts forever not good or bad. But you as the leader have to always be in a position to adapt. When a situation presents itself, you have to be able to be flexible. When it’s bad learn and overcome, when it’s good plan for those challenging times because life will always challenge you. I personally struggled with the lack of knowledge and exposure. Getting out of the military after nearly seven years to run my own business without having some type of a model to look at in regards to how to run a business was a challenge, and in some cases still is currently. Not having a large following and exposure, I sometimes felt like my product wasn’t good enough, but I learned that’s not true. I went back to my roots and tapped into the knowledge I did have. I reminded myself that everything happens in its season.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I knew I needed a great product something that I could call my own. That thought process bring forward the Patch T-Shirt, hoodies, trucker hats and denim jackets bleached and or dyed. Each one of these pieces has the ability to swap the patch that’s sewn to the garment with a different patch, this making all patch garments interchangeable. Patches can be purchased separately from my website. I specialize in dying and bleaching my garments to achieve a more unique look, but I also offer other pieces that are not dyed. I often do the dying to make it hard to copy my style.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to bring in more people that believe in the brand just as much as I do. I’m looking forward to growing the brand by catering more to my female audience. I’m currently working on a collection of fashionable totes and a few other garments that will appeal specifically to the ladies.

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