We had the good fortune of connecting with Antonisha Andrews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antonisha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Growing up I truly believed TV shows and movies had a huge impact on the way we viewed our own lives. With this interpretation,I began to think of ways I could bring H.O.P.E. (Healing Over People Everywhere) to those around me while using a creative, visual concept. This is how my production company to light.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart is my ability to allow individuals that have an encounter with my company to feel the love of Jesus and experience H.O.P.E. without judgement and condemnation. I got to where I am today through trial and error and walking by faith. Many of the ventures I blinded took on, turned out to be very beneficial. It wasn’t easy. Being a creator, there isn’t a clear cut blueprint on how to “make it”. Because of this it is really easy to become discouraged. I learned to overcome these challenges by defining my own definition of success. I had to stop looking to the left and right of me and truly focus on me and my own journey. In doing this, I have found so much joy and peace of mind. Even more so, doors begin to open when I least expect it. I want the world to know that my story, my mission and my motto was birth through pain. I want all to see that our pain doesn’t have to always have a horrible ending. It’s up to us to take the pen and create a beautiful ending.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My friends and I would like to consider ourselves homebodies (lol). However, if we were granted a week long trip we’d spend it exploring the Beltline each day. -Sunday we’d arrive at our AirBnB near downtown. We’d take that time to wind down and relax. Kick our feet up and enjoy some good wine and 90’s music.
-Monday, we’d get up in time to head on over to Thumbs Up diner on Edgewood Ave and wait in line for an AMAZING brunch. Afterwards, we’d walk off our rich and heavy breakfast along the Beltline to Old Fourth Ward Park and take a stroll around the pond. If we’re lucky enough, maybe we’d catch some live music. We’d spend the next few days exploring historic sites such as Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Civil Rights Museum. Of course we’d have to find a theatre show playing at theater’s such as Dad’s Garage or Fox Theatre. One night we’d have to do a Sip N’ Paint because…. It’s a must. Climb Stone Mountain, go canoeing, shop until we drop. Honestly, the adventure is endless. I could go on and on but hopefully this is ok for now. (LOL) The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am a strong believer that it takes a village. Most of my success is because of the village I had around me. First up, my husband, my forever love. He makes chasing my dreams/passion so much easier. He puts the load on his back and carries it so gracefully. He’s my personal comedian when my skies are grey. He’s my rock when I feel defeated. He’s my why and my why not. With him by my side I know there isn’t anything I cannot do. Next up, my mom! She is the textbook definition of a superwomen. She is the reason I am the woman I am today. She taught me how to hold my head high during tough times and to fully rely on Jesus through my good and bad days. She has been my best friend and biggest supporter. She has motivated me to continue even when I wanted to give up. My brother and best friend Antonio Williams is one of my biggest motivators!! He has unconsciously taught me how to bet on myself. Watching him walk away from a high paying job to start his own business has been life changing!! He’s killing the entrepreneur game and I know if he can do it so can I. My Aunt Holly J is my secret angel, my go to. She has helped shape and mold me into the writer I am today and the writer I will be in the future. Having her is a true gift from above. My Aunt Janan, Uncle Anthony and friend/boss sister Angelice Smith are the prayer warriors anyone would need to be grounded and I thank them. Last but not least, my three children, my heart beats. The true reasons why I cannot and will not ever give up. Because of them, I can believe without fear and chase my dream without stopping.
Facebook: Antonisha L. Andrews
Photos were taken by Akilah “Nallah B” Brown Www.eyenallah.com