We had the good fortune of connecting with Briana Vaughn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Briana, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
When it comes to continuing on with things that are more challenging it does get very difficult. I have found myself at points where i wonder if it is worth it to continue to pursue some of the things that i love especially when it comes to business. When it comes to getting out of that funk I sit down and write all the pros of not giving up, and the cons of giving up. Theres always more pros than cons, especially after i look at other peoples stories, and i tell myself you could give up today and not even know that tomorrow was the day that changed your life and your business.
What should our readers know about your business?
Considering I have more than one business and something big in the making, that by itself makes me excited. In 2017 i decided I wanted to be a self taught tattoo artist, so if course i put my mind to that and i did it. By 2019 i would officially consider myelf self taught and taking clientele. That dedication and belief in myself led me to realize im capable of all things that i put my mind to. During the process of becoming a tattoo artist, My sister and I decided to start a clothing brand. Quite successful in 2018-2020, we ran into some hiccups during a rebranding situation that eventually led us to shutting down the store. That was probably the greatest lessons i learned in business, that sometimes if it is working how it is, it may not need to be changed. I took the lesson from my clothing brand and i am currently applying it to my next investment venture. I am currently keeping that venture private as i do believe that the less that others are aware of your next move, the higher your chances of success are.
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.
For the weekend in Atlanta there is no doubt that the first thing we have to do is brunch. We would go to either Rosies, another broken egg, or highland bakery. Then of course some activities after a nice brunch, i would recommend the bamboo forest, Atlanta horror escape rooms, or the roof of ponce.
A late lunch after that at blue seafood, copper cove or pasha. After that we would most likely go out to a lounge like Cru, blue lagoon or hendricks.
That would be an ideal weekend for someone that hasnt been to atlanta before and wants to see what its like for the locals every weekend.
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?
When it comes to what has brought me to where i am today, i have to give a huge thanks to my sister for always inspiring me and willing to jump onto opportunities with me to get to the next level. I would also give a good amount of credit to my alma mater, The illustrious Spelman College. Spelman taught me a lot when it came to business structures, and how to go about being the boss in any scenario, which i have used on many occasions to get where I am today.
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