We had the good fortune of connecting with Arielle Winfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arielle, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is an inevitable part of an entrepreneur’s life and career. Everybody is different, therefore every person has a different appetite for risk and that’s where self-awareness becomes extremely necessary. If you know that you’re a risk averse individual, entrepreneurship likely isn’t the career path best suited for you. On the other hand, if you can stomach a little bit (or a whole lot) of risk and you have a passion to bring your own business to life, go for it! Starting your own business can be done at any age, but I think that while I’m young, this is the best time of my life to take those leaps of faith. I want to try new things, flex my creativity and innovation skills, work with a lot of people and make a real impact on the world while being authentically myself. So far, risk taking has helped me build amazing relationships (which you never know with whom you’ll end up doing business in the future) and has given me business opportunities with incredible people and on a scale that’s only growing.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
After working on Wall Street for 2 years, I left to pursue my entrepreneurial spirit and began consulting with high-profile clients in marketing, communications, and digital transformation. In addition, I founded my tech startup, Sessions, which is a new model for creatives, including non-traditional creators such as female athletes, to monetize their unique content more easily and consistently through subscription and revenue sharing opportunities. We will also be connecting our creatives with brands looking to work with authentic influencers like them and our plan is to grow into the go-to marketplace for creatives to monetize their work.
Sessions aims to make every creative feel like they have no limit to their capabilities or potential and that no matter what, they feel in control and supported throughout their careers. Sessions has been a labor of love and has a lot of great support already. We will be launching our beta app in the next few months. You can sign up for our waitlist at sessionsmp.com.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I have friends visiting me in LA I always take them to see the beach, whether that’s to the Santa Monica pier or in Malibu, as well as to the Venice canals, the Venice boardwalk, and my favorite view of the city in the Pacific Palisades. Another amazing view is at the Griffith Observatory, or along a hike at Runyon Canyon or the Culver City stairs. Then for some fun, food, and more good views I take them to Soho House. I’m vegan so I always have to include some good vegan restaurants like Jackfruit Cafe or Sage Vegan Bistro. We could also go to the Century City mall or the Grove for movies, shopping, and the farmer’s market. LA has a lot of fun things to do so there’s never a dull moment in the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Above all I’d have to thank God. Without His presence in my life, I would not be the woman I am today. My life has been blessed and I have to give that glory to Him! Next, I have to shoutout my whole family. Throughout my life my family has been an unwavering support system for me. Their consistent love and confidence in me has helped me keep my faith and hope alive even during the toughest times. Lastly, my friends (aka chosen family) deserve recognition too! From my day 1 childhood friends whom I’ve grown up with, to my line sisters, to my other closest friends from all walks of my life (you know who you are!), I am eternally grateful for their presence along my journey. My friends inspire me daily and push me to be a better version of myself.