We had the good fortune of connecting with Evann Webb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evann, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My platform helps the community by highlighting local businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives. I think it’s so important to let others know that you see them and appreciate them, and I believe that the “Damsel in Detroit” platform does just that! I love being able to act as a resource for other people, and I think my podcast has turned into a directory of local businesses for people to support!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started blogging in 2016 as a way to express myself as I was navigating life post college. I started off just talking about job interviews I was going on, what I was wearing, and just how I was feeling at the time. I had a few people start to reach out about how they were happy I was writing about the topic because they were experiencing the same things! From there, I started to get attention from local brands and started doing influencer work, which has been really fun. I started podcasting in March 2019, with the mission to help other Detroit women tell their stories. As of today, I’ve recorded over 50 episodes, and don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon! I’ve learned that blogging takes patience and consistency. If you want to start getting paid opportunities, just know that they’re not going to come overnight. You really have to work hard at developing your voice and building relationships with brands that you want to work with. The money will come! It just takes time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love driving around and looking at some of the beautiful, historic homes in the city. I think it would be fun to do a little neighborhood driving tour! I’d also take them to some of my favorite museums – the Motown Museum. the Detroit Institute of Arts. and the Charles H. Wright Museum. To eat, we’d go to Queens Bar for drinks, Green Dot Stables for some good (but cheap!) eats, the Dime Store or Folk for brunch, and Lady of the House or Wright & Co. for dinner. Since it’s getting warmer out, a nice walk along the Dequindre Cut would be fun, too!
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?
Women in Detroit inspire me every day. It’s so amazing to see my peers do things that make them happy and help benefit the community in some way. Sometimes, we have the tendency to be a little too humble, so I started my podcast to give those women a chance to tell their stories and introduce their businesses to people that maybe aren’t familiar with them yet. And of course I have to shoutout my close friends and family for constantly affirming me and making me feel like I can do anything.
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