We had the good fortune of connecting with Ranita Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ranita, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process consisted of moments that came from everyday life. Working 2 to 3 jobs taught me how to become more productive and effective with my time and money. I’ve grasped the concept of business structure from different environments that included a small business and a popular franchise. Understanding the difference between how to handle different organizations both big and small, opened my eyes on learning the most efficient way to run a business of my own.
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 have always showcased great leadership skills and that put me in a position to know what to expect when it comes to starting my own business. I believe that the continuous push to not give up when it gets hard is what may set me apart from others. I have been deejaying for only about ten months and I love every minute of every opportunity. I am honestly proud of how far I have come as being a self-taught DJ. Although there are still learning challenges I have to face in this industry; I am at a stage in my career where what I am doing, other established DJ’s are amazed by my talent. There will always be new challenges to face and I tend to try and prepare myself on how to remain calm for what could possibly go wrong. I believe that every individual has a story to tell and I am one of those individuals. Life has a tendency to force you into experiences that you have never seen coming. I was always surrounded by DJ’s and never thought I would be one. That right there lets people know to just follow your destiny and be open to learning new things. Female DJ’s are thriving in this day and age and I am happy to be apart of the movement.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My current residence is in Dubuque, Iowa. I have been living here for about eight years. This place gives you small town vibes with big city feels. When you are riding throughout downtown, you will see canvas art on buildings that give you an artistic feel in this town. There are a variety of places to check out here. Some nice restaurants consist of: 1st & Main, 7 Hills Brewery, The Vault, Barrel House, Charlotte’s Coffee House, and more. If I wanted to take a break to clear my mind, I would head to the Mines of Spain. A cool spot I would go for wine tastings are Stone Cliff Winery and Galena Cellars Vineyard in Galena, IL, about 15 miles from Dubuque.
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?
Yes, big shoutout to my cousin, Nicole Anderson owner of Her Wine. She gave me the motivation to start my own business.
Richard Curiel from ABC MUZIK. He has been there for me since the beginning of my DJ career with the help of set up, tear down, providing equipment when I did not have the funds to do so.
Another cousin Collie Davis, DJ in Illinois that has helped with getting me started on learning how to DJ