Today we’d like to introduce you to Farah Davids.
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?
After graduating from Alabama State University (Dual Bachelors in Public relations and Print Journalism), I decided to go into the corporate world and work for TMP Worldwide, the proud owner of MONSTER.COM. While working on their Advertising and Communications team, I created an internal newsletter called The ADDENDUM. But one day, it all changed for me. I remember being called into the office and being asked if I was happy and I remember replying in so many words… NO. I told my boss that I wanted my possibilities to be endless and having had a taste of entrepreneurship by that time, I knew that the corporate journey was not my road to travel.
At that point, I was given my wings to fly into this world we call entrepreneurship. Oh By the way, The ADDENDUM is still being used today. From starting my first company NALUM Entertainment Management Company, my clothing line QTSE, my own official camp, DREAM Camp and Publishing my first book, UNSPOQEN, it has been a fun and bumpy ride! As if that weren’t enough, I decided to “level-up” my business profile after being encouraged to turn my knack for cooking and entertaining into a business by attending culinary school and launching The Purple Platter Catering & Events, which has proven success. Since then, I have been an Event Planner for Publix Supermarkets, I have catered for high-profile clients like the Airborne Daytona Chapter at the Rosen, Smokie Norful and Hot 97.5 in Atlanta to name a few. I have taught cooking classes for the Orange County Library for about five years here in Orlando and as a speaker, I have spoken at high profile events such as the Florida Career College Commencement As An Entrepreneur, Inspirational Speaker, Published Author, Lifestyle Chef, Creative Business Coach, and MOM. I am striving to be “The People’s Choice.”
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?
The challenge of being an entrepreneur is definitely craft versus business. I personally struggle with the day-to-day business side because, ultimately, I just want to create and feed my passion. Time management is also a struggle because you have to be self-motivated and disciplined where your schedule and tasks are concerned. Lastly, understanding that not everyone will understand the entrepreneur lifestyle. At times even as an entrepreneur, it gets scary, but I always remind myself that being an entrepreneur is like living life. The journey of an entrepreneur has its peaks and valleys, such as life. That said, the same applies to a business, keep going no matter what.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a Published Author of the book Unspoqen (www.xlibris.com), Inspirational Speaker and Chef. As a chef, I know the basics and have classic culinary experience along with creativity, I can make anything my own so when people find out that I am a chef, the first thing they ask is, ” what is your specialty?” I have to believe that in most cases, they just need something to say. The truth is, I am a beautiful marriage of raw talent and skill. I do not consider myself having a specialty. That’s my specialty which sets me apart. Overall, I must say that I am most proud of my fearlessness and courage in anything I have done or plan to do. I embrace anything that is put before me. I am also proud of the fact that I am a part of an industry that brings even the most divided group of people together. Food is the tie that binds. It starts the conversation, it brings us to the table.
What were you like growing up?
I have always been a creative, whimsical, cutesy, talkative person. Even as a child, I loved to read, write, cook, dance and create things. I have always had my own thoughts, and I knew from an early age that I stood out and was different but I played myself small to comfort the insecurities in others. I eventually had to embrace my awesome authentic self and use the very thing that makes me fearless to inspire others. Now I know the word to describe me to be a trailblazer, I have my own ideas, and I am no longer afraid to execute them, I have always saw the best in others, and while I never sought to change anyone, I have always used my life to inspire them. If I had to describe myself through the people who inspire me, I would say that I have the passion and personality of Oprah, the writing approach of Maya Angelou, My quirky, whimsical, and colorful side would be that of Kate Spade and the Like it or leave independent attitude of Betsy Johnson, and the fearlessness of my biggest fan Elijah, my son. While I name these individuals and embrace our similarities, I unapologetically couldn’t imagine being anyone else except ME. Phenomenally!
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