We had the good fortune of connecting with Cheryl Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cheryl, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?

I was getting tired of being away from my family and working long hours for other companies so I decided it was time to create my own hours and really enjoy what I was doing.

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?

I’ve had the pleasure of training and developing actors and performers that seek work in TV/Film, Broadway and the music industry. My  team and I work directly with aspiring and professional performers, singers and actors.

We develop and connect clients with agents, casting directors, choreographers and music executives nationwide.  I was once told to never be the smartest person in the room so I took that literally. I was able to learn from some of the best in the business who gave me the opportunity to sit in on meetings, attend events and teach me the ropes in the entertainment industry. Developing relationships is key and always wanting to learn was what helped me succeed. I had a vision and I went after it even though there where times it was exhausting. There were disappointments but I would give myself a pep talk and just refocus. Owning a business comes with challenges and learning curves. Understanding what your lane is definitely helps but also knowing who believes in your vision is another. Not everyone understands your vision and if they don’t then they aren’t your people.

I had no idea how to run a business but I knew how to cultivate talent and build relationships. I didn’t have a lot of money to get started but God allowed me to have a platform to help others reach their goals and dreams. I was a mom of 3 who had been homeschooling for 13 years when I decided that it was time to work for myself rather than someone else. My husband was very supportive and pushed me to be my best. Most importantly, I remained true to my vision and held myself to a level of integrity regardless of the challenges that the industry poses.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, when I’m not working I’m at home either in my vegetable garden, flower garden on hanging out by the pond. I love nature and the peace and healing it brings to a busy world. If I do venture off then we would go to some local farmers markets and restaurants for some local hometown tastes. We may spend a day in the city and visit some of the attractions there and quite possibly head to the mountains of north GA.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have several people that have encouraged and supported me over the years. I would like to give a shoutout to one of my mentors in the business, Michelle Lynch from Poshe Productions here in ATL. She not only encouraged me to start my own business but she also has helped guide me over the years.

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