When I interviewed Tiana Von Johnson I was very inspired, motivated and fired up to stay passionate about my own personal love for the media industry. We are always excited to put our viewers onto the new leaders behind the scenes, especially those creating new types of content and personal brands for themselves.
Let me give you some background insights about this dynamic woman. First, she was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Her climb to success began when she was seven years old by developing a knack for entrepreneurship selling records with her dad, an international record dealer in Harlem. She developed her creative side by watching her mother make hair pieces, sew, knit, make dolls and arrange flowers. Tiana was more interested in playing mogul and creating make-believe to do-lists and delegating to her staff of stuffed animals. On the fast track, she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and her Master’s in Business Administration. Still under thirty, she pursed opportunities in entertainment, took acting classes and went to film school. Last, she used all those skills to step out on faith and create Gold Star Properties and Madison Layne Real Estate.
When you mix all those ingredients together, what you have is a woman who is built for success. Please enjoy my interview with Ms. Tiana Von Johnson:
Roger: How did you start your company ?
Tiana: I started my company because I was working a traditional 9am to 5pm job, as we are all told to do, you know, go to school and then go to college and then get your 9 to 5. I’m not knocking anyone doing that, but when I was doing it, I felt like I was held in bondage. I felt like the walls were closing in on me. I know a lot people feel that way in their current situation and I was going to work not feeling fulfilled and I would tell myself, “I feel trapped and can’t do this,” but if you continue to do the same thing, you will continue to get the same results!
So I decided to take a step out on faith and resign. I was living check to check and I had no game plan, no direction and I didn’t find my passion. I did know that I had a passion for television production, but I didn’t have any job lined up. The long and short of it, after my resignation letter, I gave myself six weeks to get myself together. As it came down to the wire, I was slapping myself and said what am I am doing, what am I thinking, but I had to make a life-changing decision. Then I saw an ad for a real estate class on Wall Street and it cost $350. I didn’t have it and I called my friend and told her that if you let me borrow the money I will pay you back when I close my first deal. Within two weeks I saw the vision very clearly. I saw that I was in something that gave me financial freedom and it gave me a freedom to do other things and I said wow! I started working for two Jewish real estate companies and I said to myself, I can do this, and I left that company and decided to start my own company [Goldstar Properties ( gspny.com)].
Roger: What gave you the inspiration to create your own reality show called POWER HOUSE?
Tiana : I have a strong passion for media production and I put up my own money and hired a production team and I decided to create my own reality show which is going to premiere on the Style Network this fall. The show, “PowerHouse,” is about my team of real estate agents, who are mostly women, and it is going to show how my team sells real estate in New York City. It’s going to be great and I am proud of the show.
Roger : What gave you the passion to create your own conference for women called the Women Doing it Big Conference?
Tiana: This is a conference that is near and dear to my heart. I know there are a lot of women currently struggling and living pay check to pay check just to make ends meet. So I decided to create the Women Doing it Big Conference as a forum to share how they feel, to network with other women and hear encouraging words from other successfully women. What makes this conference so special to me is that I wanted to show what a successful woman looks like and to help young women find their own voice, follow their passion and change the negative images that they see around them.
Roger: What are the five things that women can do today to create their own personal brands like you?
Tiana: The five things that I would advise women to do are the following:
1. Find your passion
2. Find your vision
3. Find your own voice
4. Write things down
5. Visualize it, Execute it and Do it!
Roger: Thank you so much Tiana!
You can learn more about Tiana Von Johnson at www.tianavonjohnson.com .
Follow her on social media at @tianavonjohnson.
To attend her upcoming conference, Women Doing It Big 2, the website is www.womendoingitbig.com
We are proud to announce Ms. Von Johnson will be a featured panellist at our UFront forum on June 6, 2013 hosted by Roger Maloney
Roger Maloney is the VP of Vanguarde Consulting Group and company that prepare small business for the digital age. Roger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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