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STAYING TRUE NEVER FAKE THE FUNK. BY ASIA HORNE I bet you’re wondering where we been huh? Well, I got a story to tell. I was very close to calling it quits. This year has been the craziest rollercoaster ride of my life. I built up the nerve to put in my two weeks notice at my first “big girl” job and took a huge leap of faith as an entrepreneur. My self-taught talent of graphic design was going to pay off big and Empire Life was going to finally grow its wings... or so I thought. down and people started to back out of their promises which left me between a rock and a hard place... and a five day notice slid under my door.. Talk about feeling defeated. The most ironic thing of it all is that the driving force behind me making The first month was effortless. I the first decision was no longer announced my full-time status as something I was passionate about. a freelance digital creative and You read that right, I fell out of love projects practically with Empire Life, this jumped in my lap. I very magazine you was able to pay my IF YOU are reading. expenses with ease DON’T LIKE The thing is, Empire and fully enjoy a preSOMETHING, Life started to become planned trip to Los I wasn’t Angeles where I had CHANGE IT. something which was incredibly an epiphany that I was weird to me because meant to be there. LA I’M the creator. I created something was the city that I knew could take that grew into something that didn’t me to the next level. Whenever I represent who I was now and in turn, was asked “what’s your end goal that made me lose passion for the with all this”, I’d answer “to build my entire thing. own media empire.” What better place to do that than Hollywood! It I lost motivation to work on the was a no brainer. progress of this platform that had so much potential and I That was the only silver lining I had was drained about it. Until I had for a while. Projects began to slow 8 EMPIRELIFEMAG.COM |  FALL 2016 ano som The I’ve ove see But you bec Em its e but dire of e The The rath Sim grin I’m to l hom on All few to a be hum way 201 Ge the