We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Alexa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, how do you think about risk?
As someone who is a planner by nature, hearing the words “risk-taking” is much like being cursed out for me. However, I had to realize that no one has ever gotten anywhere they desired to be without taking any risks. A lot of times, people play it safe because of fear of the unknown that comes with taking a risk. But I had to realize that whether I choose to stay comfortable or take a leap of faith, I’m risking something regardless. Either I go full speed into building a vision and risk the stability of the life I’ve known, or I can remain complacent and risk the life I’ve always dreamed about. The act of taking risks has shown up in my life and career recently, and it’s the most I’ve ever done. This year I decided to finally start my own creative writing editing & development business, and it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I can tell you that no amount of schooling, masterclasses, degrees, nor experience can prepare you for the leap of putting yourself out there and starting your own business. The next risk I plan to take on is the transition into full-time entrepreneurship. It’s hard thinking about making a huge jump and not knowing there will be ground for you to land on, but I’ve settled on telling myself that if I don’t feel the ground under me after my leap of faith, it’s because God is holding me up and I’m actually flying.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the owner of Inscribe Out LLC, a creative writing editing and development business. We are committed to the process and cultivation of creative works such as books, blogs, articles, scripts, and podcasts. Inscribe Out is different from any other editing business because we can help our clients no matter where they are in their process of creating. Many people have ideas and writing trapped inside of them simply because they don’t know where to start or how to put what’s in their mind into words to convey it to an audience. We recognize that and understand that one person’s story could change the trajectory of someone else’s life. However, that can’t happen if that story stays with that person. We also recognize that there are people who have written, but they know that their work needs a little TLC, better wording, could possibly need a tune-up in painting a picture, they don’t know how to translate what they’re saying to fit their demographic. While the creative process is invigorating to us, it’s very intimidating for others, we just want to be the bridge between inspiration and the final product.
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.
If my best friend was visiting town, we would have brunch every day. The breakfast eateries such as Atlanta Breakfast Club, Flying Biscuit, and Another Broken Egg (just to name a few) are some of my favorite things about the city. I would also take them to the usual tourist attractions like the Aquarium, the Zoo, and the Coca-Cola factory, just so they could get it off their chest. We would also go to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. historic site because I’m black and proud of it. You will get a taste of some history when you’re with me. The last thing I think would be a must on my to-do list would be going to the Atlanta Beltline. I’m a pretty laid back person, and the Beltline has plenty of things to do and seems to be just the right amount of excitement for someone like me and my friends.
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?
I would be crazy if I did not acknowledge my husband, Nick Kayea. As a creative and business owner (Kayea Kreative, LLC) himself, he pushes me to be better, while also acknowledging the talent and skills I have. Seeing his dedication to his creative process sharpens my own. It’s always inspiring to watch someone commit to and pursue their passions with an undeniable fervor, and he does just that.
Nick Kayea – Kayea Kreative LLC Whitney Thomas – Whitney Bre Photography