We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyx Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyx, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
For my business A. BLACK Creative. I didnt see it as a business when I first started the idea. It was simply a YouTube platform to share my experiences as a black creative leveling up my life. I soon saw through response from my audience and people who first saw our content, that it was actually filling a void in the market. There was no place where black creatives could go to receive content specifically created for them. After that, I made it a business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career has taken many turns in different directions but I can finally say I love working with people who have passion. I always ask WHY we are doing something and how can we add VALUE to what already exists. Alyx 10 years ago would be so proud of me, but me now, even though Ive been creating independently since 2013, I still am very aware I have a long way to go. The best lesson Ive learned though building a business is that failure is inevitable, but you never lose, only gain knowledge. Meditating taught me that. Ive failed over and over and over again, but keeping a level head is the only way you will push through those lessons.
As for my brand story, it started with me, but A. BLACK Creative is now a community. We’ve held numerous workshops where the knowledge will stick with our students forever, and also sold merch that lives within our community through lifestyle. We are growing rapidly, so get on board! We welcome the masses!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well This has happened many times so its a no-brainer. Monday I keep it chill probably go to Piedmont Park or the belt-line honestly lol Im a coffee shop type of person so I always go to one of my favorite coffee spots: Black Coffee Co.
Closer to the end of the week ill definaltely have them stop in Cam Kirk Studios just to get a first hand view of creatives doing it right and are open to meeting new people, then later I woud reccommend a 24 hr spa Jeju. Over the weekend, since I live heere I try to avoid going out while tourists are out (lol) but I’ll make an exception since they are visiting and reccommend, Traffik, The James Room, or Rock Steady.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
2 People. Brian Sexton, Curator of Creatives Day Nashville, who gave me first hand experience building curriculum for creative students, and while I didn’t know it at the time, gave me the knowledge I needed to hold workshops for black creatives who are into video production. Another is a mentor of mine, Abraham Toms who showed me the business of running a photo/video studio and still consistently puts me on the right track when I need guidance.
Theres so many more who were part of my journey, but my foundation of why I went this direction definitely has alot to do with them.
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