We had the good fortune of connecting with Mackleen Desravines and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mackleen, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my second business during the pandemic. I was using safe at home Yoni products, and the woman I would purchase my products from suggested I start my own Yoni business because I was such a fan of self care and womb care. I thought, since I was home, let me make the best of it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Along with being a Yoni Steam Practitioner, I am also a full-time filmmaker. When I am not making steams or self-care products, I am shooting a film, commercial or a podcast. I write all of my content but also collaborate with others in writing scripts for films and even commercials. When I’m not spending 12 to 16-hour days on a film set, I’m working on my Yoni Business. I turned my dinning room into a Yoni Store where all my products are and I go live and talk about wellness to my audience. With my film background and equipment, it is easier to shoot these things. What sets me apart from other women who sell V Steams is I am certified and I researched the herbs. I have certifications in learning what the different herbs do besides my steam certification. Balancing both businesses have been a challenge because they both need attention, marketing and involve clients. I overcome the challenges by talking to my business partner, Doryan, about what I need support in and ask other friends to assist me in things. The biggest lesson I learned along the way is to manage my time throughout the day better, but also wake up earlier so I can get more things done. This prevents me from feeling burned out. What I want people to know about my Yoni Mack brand is I have experienced what many women have experienced when it comes to womb care. From having fibroids, miscarriages, heavy periods and cysts, I can relate to them. My story is their story, and there is a way to walk in your own healing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My absolutely favorite spot is Little Five Points in Atlanta because what artist doesn’t love Little Five Points?! You can walk around checking out different business and see other artist selling things. It feels like a no judgement zone. We would then head over to midtown and have dinner and drinks at Apre Diem. That is one of the best spots in the city. I’ve had birthday parties there, film wrap parties there, and more. Great place for lunch or dinner. In Atlanta, a place I like to visit is Sky View. It’s a Ferris wheel in the city. It’s inexpensive and a fun ride you jump in and see the city. It’s also down the street from Centennial Park, where you can continue to walk around. 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?
The key person I would like to thank is my fiance and business partner Doryan Sparkman of M.A.D. House Productions and D Sparkman Shots. When I woke up with the idea about starting a business, in a middle of a pandemic where our jobs have cut our hours drastically, he smiled and said go for it. (He also added in, how much is this going to cost us?) The second person is my good friend Christian Brown-Simpson; she runs a social media consultant company called Love her Productions. She mentored me throughout the process and continues to support me getting the business up and going. She continued to encourage me and was very honest about how I should price products and to be confident in myself. She was supportive of my fears and offered brilliant advice on how to become successful. The last person would be my best friend, Imani Marshall-Stephan. She runs a successful Marriage Coaching business, Imani Aiesha Marriage Coaching, and I admire how she continues to work hard and push forward with her business.
Other: Podcast: https://pod.co/be-that-b