Benilde Little is a bestselling author who has been “on her own” as a creative for 20 years, but the former Essence magazine editor just recently began to view herself as an entrepreneur. As time went on and industries – especially book publishing industry – continued to change, the Newark, New Jersey, native embraced the idea of entrepreneurship, in part out of necessity.

 

On this episode, Benilde talks about transitioning into entrepreneurship as a creative, how to embrace that creative part of yourself no matter how “weird” it may seem, the journey of overcoming a deep depression and channeling your experiences into your work, and Benilde’s own mission of empowering women to be vulnerable and transparent.

 

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On this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to see yourself as an entrepreneur, even as a creative.
  • How to know when what you’re doing may not be your “song.”
  • The importance of having an accountability partner.
  • Embracing your “weird” side.
  • Owning your sensitivity and vulnerability.
  • Getting over your “should.”
  • Channeling your experiences into your creative work.

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT BENILDE LITTLE’S BOOKS…

 

Welcome to My Breakdown

Who Does She Think She Is? (Free Press, 2006)

Acting Out: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 2004)

The Itch: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 1999)

Good Hair: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 1997)

 

FOLLOW BENILDE AT

Instagram: @BenildeLittle

Facebook: @BenildeLittlePage

Twitter: @BenildeLittle

 

 

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

Monique Greenwood, Founder of Akwaaba Mansion

Simon & Schuster

Howard University

Tony Brown, journalist

Essence magazine

People magazine

Judy Blume

August Wilson

Columbia University

Susan L. Taylor

Linda Villarosa

Harriet Cole

Mikki Taylor

Wayne Dyer

Dave Chappell

David Foster Wallace

Trevor Noah

Oprah Winfrey Network

 

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