In both business and in life, we can get caught up polishing that diamond in the rough. But when we make it too shiny? We lose the texture. The grit. The story.
Think of me as your solution-minded, operations genius here to boost your business with fresh energy.
From the get-go, I’ve always been an artist, a visionary. At the tender age of eight, I had my first taste of entrepreneurship when I facilitated a bustling trade with neighborhood friends, meticulously organizing their rooms in exchange for whatever trendy trinkets they had on hand. With the first evolution of social media, I quickly shifted into designing the dopest MySpace pages for any classmate who handed me a crisp $5. Let’s just say the 8th grade girls of the Houston metro area looked fly AF online thanks to my handiwork.
I was hooked. The adrenaline of being my own boss never left me and, as a teenager, I found myself surfing the punk scene and photographing bands like Title Fight, Joyce Manor and Seahaven which lead to an explosive, promising photography career. Life continued to trend upwards, I accepted a highly sought after role as a Communications Director for a non-profit and married my high school boyfriend. But after relentlessly pursuing what I thought was my true dream in life, I lost my way.
Young love soured and along with it, I decided to reject what I had held as the pinnacle of goals: acceptance into the exclusive School of Visual Art & Design in New York City. Divorce felt like the ultimate failure, why strive for anything else? At rock bottom, I abandoned E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
I landed on my feet in the unlikeliest of places for my life to take an upturn, bartending at a strip club. My sole focus was a cash infusion for my bank account.
Money rolled in and in the most unexpected way, so did the love of my life. Together, we’ve built a life set on our terms and with it, our own little family with my incredible step-daughter Addison Chanel and our sweet son, Joshua. Entering back into the world of entrepreneurship with fresh energy, I scaled a six-figure VA studio before founding Chanel & Lee in 2020 with leadership and innovation for the modern entrepreneur at the core, continually driving every decision.
Ultimately? My true success has stemmed from embracing the rough, not trying to polish the grit away. That led me to my dream job: serving you.