Women Who Create / Ebonie Allard. Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Ebonie to the blog to add a punch of power to the start of your week with her infectious energy and entrepreneur enabling skills. Read on to hear the totally inspiring story of how she turned her life on its head to become the business maven she is today and how she helps misfits like many of us to get to where they want to be in their creative business lives!
Tell us a little about your background…
I’ve never had a proper job. I started out in the film / tv and events industry. I have a degree in scenic art. After working hard and partying harder I would burnout and then take myself off on yoga or fasting retreats around the world. I swung on that pendulum for a while, then in 2009 I started a business called My Girl Friday. A series of unfortunate events meant that I ended up in five figures of debt and living out of my car while bootstrapping a startup. Through pure determination and a willingness to do whatever it took I made the business a success. In 2011 I had 17 freelancers working for me, and while on the outside it all looked great, it wasn’t. A longish story shorter, I jacked it all in and moved to Bali and when I came back I started my current business as an Entrepreneur Enabler.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
I’m really clear on my WHY, and what my version of success looks and feels like. I check in with my Value Filter™ every day. I schedule my week to include fun things; getting out in nature & seeing the people that matter to me first and foremost.
What two things can’t you live without?
My iphone (I run my whole business from it) and real conversations, the kind where you see & hear the other person completely.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Nature and being in silence. I absolutely love people and stories and the bubbling of creativity, but it starts with a pause which I really connect to alone, out in nature.
What is the meaning of ‘creative’ to you?
To me, ‘creative’ is using my imagination, staying curious and becoming aware in new or different ways.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?
I’d love to write a story of maybe a chapter each with all sorts of creative people like Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin Moran, Vivienne Westwood, helena bonham carter, Tim Burton, Emma Watson – oh gosh, I could go on forever with people I’d love to have involved in this… oops
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
Not really, I do like a good notebook and pen.
What is the best thing about running your business?
The freedom, and the woman I’ve had to become in order to make it work.
What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?
Opening the box to the first order of books fresh from the printers…
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey
Endeavour to know yourself, to make peace with all of who you are, and then choose to become someone that you are proud of.