We had the good fortune of connecting with BRYANA DUNN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BRYANA, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I see risk as having a competitive advantage and directly connected to opportunity. Most people tend to avoid risk due to fear of failure, and understandably I get that. No one wants to fail. However, the other side of that is what if the risk you take doesn’t fail and it blows your expectations of success out of the water? I’ve always done things that others won’t do and that role of risktaking is exactly why I am where I am today. I risked my comfortability for freedom in having my own business. Taking risks in entrepreneurship involves careful planning and hard work but even with all the planning, you can never be sure if your risks will pay off in the long run- but you will never be left to wondering “what-If”. I took a risk to move to a city I had no ties to, I took a risk into a business I had no prior knowledge of. See, innovation cannot happen if you will not accept the risk of the understanding you might fail. A quote by Frederick Wilcox says it perfectly, “Progress always involves risks. you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My name is Bryana Dunn and I’m the content strategist/creator/CEO of the Brand Webwithdunn! WebwithDunn is about inspiring millennial moms to book the trip, try the food, and to celebrate it all. When this was just a dream on paper my goal was to always help moms like me live the life they truly want and to know that having kids doesn’t translate to not living in purpose and passion. I get excited to reach my audience through my personality and experiences because no one can tell the story like me and to be able to ignite someone else’s fire just by being me is golden. I’m most proud of getting messages from people I have never met in person, who are inspired by me and what I’ve done- knowing that they can do it too. That’s pretty refreshing! I’d like to say I am where I am today through networking, trial and error, and doing research. There are no rules when it comes to the content creation side of things- this world of influence is still very new and the road to success isn’t linear. How I marketed myself and showed up,played a big part in being able to get myself seen. Every day is hard even with systems in place to make life easier. Days can be mentally draining and being a Black woman creator even more so. I protect my peace if challenges bring me down or I step away. There is power in rest and I take it when it’s needed the biggest lesson I’ve learned to date is what’s for me will truly be for me and that I am not on my timing but God’s. I want the world to know that Webwithdunn will be a name to remember and how it will impact lives in more ways than one – WebwithDunn is not done yet!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the city I am in! Jacksonville, FL has much to offer it’s the perfect mix of city with hometown feels. My itinerary will always be surrounded by food and fun because that is on-brand for Webwithdunn. The food scene continues to grow in this city with more activities popping up each day!
Morning Coffee Hang: Southern Grounds & Co. Or Bold Bean
Brunch Vibe: The District (Has a Champagne Tower and options to rent out a Yurt for dining)
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Get Out On The Water: Take a Sunset tour on the St. Johns River Taxi , or experience Kraken Cycleboats
See The Sights: Day trip to Ameila Island, Take a Go Tuk’ tour to see the murlas of Jacksonville and learn some history or Pedal your way through the breweries with Pedal Pub Jax.
Take a Break For Lunch: Bread & Board Or River & Post (For the View)
Happy Hour: Taverna, Midtown Table, or Senor Loco Taco ( Just for the Margarita Tower), Casa Marina ( On The Beach)
Dinner Must Happen: Orsay Or Black Sheep
Relax Here: Take a walk on Jacksonville Beach, Have a spa day at One Ocean, or visit The Cummer Museum.
Dessert is Needed: Dreamette, Good Dough, Springfield Scoops, and Cookies and Creme Jax Beach (For Their Instagrammable sweets)
Of course, all things places are interchangeable but you won’t be disappointed. My city has so much more than this list of places above but visiting is truly the only way.
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?
A crucial part of success is having the right support and community around you. Trying to achieve your dreams is extremely hard and there are a lot of sacrifices you have to make. Unfortunately, most people just see the glamour of what you are doing, you’ll lose friendships along the way or grow distant but don’t let that discourage you. Your circle matters find those that will have your back.
I have to shout out God, he has always been my front and center even when I doubted, he always was there. I have a different circle of friends and the one consistent friend was My business bestie Nicole. She just understood the struggles of the business I am in and never waivered in support especially those low days that no one noticed- she would just message right on time with encouragement without her ever knowing the power struggle I was going through.
The Jacksonville, FL creator community deserves recognition so big it deserves a paragraph of its own. To be able to jump into that community, network, and find opportunities with support has been a blessing. My parents will always deserve a shoutout too. Growing up I was always taught that stability mattered- in a career, in education, and in lifestyle so when I took the route of passion instead, they were leary. While they don’t always understand what I do they support it the best way they know how.
My right-hand man and my partner Chris is where my successful moments lay. He takes on an invisible load and responsibility that a lot don’t see. Being parents of two young kids takes a lot of hats and hands-on top of being a business. When I need to dive deep he takes lead without question, he is reluctant to be in front of my audience but I’m ok with him being my support behind the scenes.
Photographers: @arrivalsbyarrxn @Infinitefocusphotography