Winning as an entrepreneur means THINKING DIFFERENTLY.
Who is Nestle Snipes?
What made you get started in your industry?
I got started in Photography/ Social Activism after my 11 year tenure in the military. I was so beaten down mentally & physically, That I promised myself that I would never again work for money alone, and that I will follow my passions, so my career will never feel like work again.
Walk us through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are.
My process started when I was honorably discharged from service in 2013. At that time I was 28 years old and I did not have a plan for my life, but I had faith and a hunger to find out what I ultimately wanted to do. So I took three months off to discover what that was. At that time I was reading anything I could get my hands on. I read books on: “Life after the military.” “The best careers for the creative.” As well as motivational tapes by Jim Rohn & Les Brown. There I learned about the law of attraction & how I can use intention & visualization to get what I wanted. I also discovered yoga & meditation, that aided me during those tough times when I did not know how to make difficult life choices. I also started to read about history. Not only American/ Black History. But about the histories of Ancient Rome & how mankind was living under a state of constant duress. That’s when I decided that the best way for me to create social change & live out my dreams was to document the world as I see it through my lens.
Today. What was the first thing you did?
Drank my homemade Alkaline water & did my morning Yoga.
What do you consider are your specialty?
I think my main specialty overall is that I am a great communicator and a better listener. I can talk to anyone. I can relate to anyone. I know how to hold a conversation & allow the other person to become comfortable enough with me to share things that they would have otherwise hid from a complete stranger.
Do you see yourself making this full-time?
Yes. Currently Visual Arts is my life. I am as curious about it as I have been since I was a child. I read books about my favorite Photo legends daily. I watch YouTube videos about portraits, studio lights & photo journalism at nights when I can’t sleep.
What can we always expect from your company/brand?
You can expect the visual promotion of all things Black & Positive in all facets of my art. Showing people of color that we are enough (That we have always been enough) is paramount for me.
What was the best advice you every received and why?
Money does not equal happiness. So do not take a client, gig or profession based on money alone. Your happiness & your time is the most valuable currency.
What tips can you recommend that you’d would most likely only share with a close friend or comrade on success?
I would say that true success is, health, happiness, the freedom to work when you want & with whom you want, and adding the most social good to society. The more you give to others. The more you will get back. So choose a profession that adds to another persons quality of life.
Favorite online resources such as Evernote or Dropbox that you use for your business?
I Actually use the media sharing service called “WeTransfer.” That service sends various forms of media fast & securely.
Can you recommend one or two books that has been influential in your life?
What do you think will be the next big change or shift in your industry?
More people of color occupying production offices where they make the decisions and cut the checks.
If a young entrepreneur walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Don’t give up on yourself or get discouraged if people do not believe or support your vision right away. That is only a test to see how strong your resolve is. When the time is right. The right people will find you to help you with your mission.
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