Jelea Alexis is A Woman Making it Happen

Welcome to our weekly edition of Women Making it Happen (#WomenMakingItHappen). Each Wednesday on the blog we’ll feature a woman entrepreneur who’s making it happen in the world of entrepreneurship! She's gonna share with us how she keeps it moving for her business venture(s). 

Today’s featured woman is Jelea Alexis, owner of Jelea Alexis Photographya commercial photography studio located in Salem, Oregon. We met Jelea through a networking group on Facebook.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”– Anais Nin

We asked Jelea to share a bit about what keeps her pushing and striving to #MakeItHappen in business!!!
  1. First, we’d like to thank you so much for being a featured guest on our blog. Tell us a little bit about your business ventures. I am the owner of two small businesses. Jelea Alexis Photography & Learn Freedom Photography. Jelea Alexis Photography specializes in snowboarding & ski action shots as well as landscapes. Learn Freedom Photography is an online platform created to teach online photography lessons. I am super excited because I just launched the pre-sale for the Photography 101 class that I have been developing for over 6 months. I have two assistants who work for me occasionally however, I primarily work alone. Most of the time, I consider myself a one woman show ;)
  2. What propelled you to venture off into entrepreneurship? I originally went to college to be a Nurse. Ever since I was a little girl, I had this overwhelming feeling that I was put on this planet to help others. Six months into my nursing career, I sustained a type 2 AC joint separation in my left shoulder (my collar bone was visibly sticking out through my skin). My 20 year old body could not handle the daily stress it was under. I knew it was time to make a change. It has always been hard for me to hold a job working for someone else. I am not exaggerating or trying to be cute. I hate being told what to do, I enjoy sleeping in, I do not allow anyone to treat me badly, I often talk back and sometimes I would get bored and just want a change of pace. Whenever I had a job, I would get extremely depressed. There comes a point in life when you realize that trading your happiness and well being for a dollar is not worth it. So, although this isn't a glamorous explanation, it is the reality. It took a lot of soul searching and a lot of courage to decide to be a full time entrepreneur. Do you want to know something though? It was the best decision I have ever made and the choice has been so rewarding. I found out that I could help people in a completely different way. I found out that I can help people just like me who want to leave their job and start a business but do not know how.
  3. What are three important lessons you’ve learned since starting out in your business(es)? 1) You can do anything you set your mind to. It is going to take 150% effort on your part but if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. I am not saying it's going to be easy but it will be worth it. 2) Progress not perfection. I am a perfectionist so this was a hard one for me. Whatever you are putting out does need to be your best effort but you are human, you are not going to be perfect all the time. It is an unrealistic expectation, do not put that on yourself. Be the best you that you can be and put out the best work you are cable of and let that be enough for you. (= 3) Time is the one resource that is not renewable. You can never get back time. I learned this in my business while I was researching marketing. Trading your time for money is not worth it unless you are truly doing something you love. No amount of money (a renewable resource) should tempt you to give away your precious time (a non-renewable resource).
  4. Have you faced any particular struggles being a woman owned business owner? I sometimes have people troll on my business posts and I would say approximately 95% of the negative comments are from men. They post really hateful things. When I see those comments, I have to remember that it's really about them not me. Just out of curiosity, one time I looked into someone's business who had written a particularly hateful comment. It turns out his business wasn't doing so hot. So, it was obvious to me that he was jealous that a 21 year old woman was doing better in her business than he had done in the last 20 years of his own. I feel like being a female entrepreneur these days is common. However, there are still men out there who are going to be intimidated by successful female entrepreneurs. Be prepared but do not let it get to you. Instead of being hateful back, I just block them from having contact with me and I genuinely feel sorry for them. They must be feeling really out of control in their own life if they are taking it out on a complete stranger who is doing well.
  5. Tell us a little bit about your support circle; who do you rely upon for support and guidance? I rely on others when I am stuck. I have a very small circle of very close people in my life who I feel comfortable relying on and asking for help. This gives me that human interaction that I am looking for. Another way for me to get going in the right direction is by spending some time on YouTube. I like to listen to people like Tony Robbins, Marie Forleo and so much more to get myself and keep myself in gear.
  6. What advice would you give other women seeking to delve into entrepreneurship? 1) Stop making excuses. If you really want to be a business owner, you have to acknowledge your excuses and get past them. Everyone has excuses. Do not let these excuses keep you from living the life you deserve. One thing that helps me in this department is seeing others success stories despite their circumstances/hardships. For instance, if I see someone who doesn't have legs and they are running a marathon, it motivates me to realize that I can do anything and my excuses are petty. It also helps to realize that if someone has done something before you, then it is absolutely something you can accomplish because it has already been proven possible. 2) Don't give up just because you failed. True failure is quitting. If something is not working, change it. Do you know how many times Edison failed at making the light bulb? 1,000 times. He was fired from two jobs because he was "not being productive." His teachers called him stupid. That was not enough to make him quit. He was determined to create the light bulb and he succeeded. Edison didn't just create one working lightbulb, he also created 1,000 ways to not create a light bulb and we were able to learn from that. As humans, we should always be learning and growing. Use your past failures as stepping stones to your success.
  7. Supporting other women in business is part of our mantra so tell us how can we support your business ventures? I could use some marketing help. This blog reaches an entire audience who any other way might not know who I am or what I have to offer.
    Learn Freedom Photography's Photography 101 Course is now available to pre-order (for a short period of time) at http://learnfreedomphotography.teachable.com/courses/photography-101
    Learn Freedom Photography is currently working on creating a Photography Business Course so if you want to be the first to know when that is available, join the VIP list at
    www.jeleaalexisphotography.com
    If you know of anyone looking for someone to take snowboarding/ski action shots or landscapes please send them my way at http://www.jeleaalexisphotography.com/contact/
We hope you enjoyed the interview with our #WomenMakingItHappen Entrepreneur of the Week, Jelea Alexis. Reach out to her and show her some support! Visit her Facebook Fan Page.  Check out her Photography Course: Learn Freedom Photography's Photography 101

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1 comment

  1. It's sad that people have nothing better to do than troll. I especially see it on FB ads. I get it if YOU think a particular offer is a scam, so don't engage. Why try to get others on your negative bandwagon?

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