Name: Eli Ifill
Creative Industry that you are in: Fashion
Years in Business: Just started
Favorite Food: Venezuelan and Japanese
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Drink: Venezuelan coffee
Best music (singer or group): Upbeat
A pet peeve you have: People interrupting or being rude
Name something that brings you joy: The sun
In 3 words, how would a friend describe you? Selfless, committed, stubborn
to the heart talk...
If you had to choose an animal to represent you, which would you choose and why?
Probably a cat. I’m very independent and a big loner.
What is the passion behind your business? We know all businesses have heart behind them, but in what ways does your business give you purpose?
I love making clothes. My grandma was a seamstress so it feels like a connection to her. Also, I love that the right outfit can immediately boost anyone’s self esteem.
How do you measure your own success? When will you know when you have "made it"?
Oh man, this is tough. As long as I can keep doing what I love, I will consider myself successful. I once heard in a podcast that the reward for being good at your job is the opportunity to do more of it.
As an introvert in the creative industry, what has been the most difficult for you in growing your business? Have you made any adjustments to work through this difficulty?
Definitely networking. Also, I model for my brand and find it incredibly awkward to pose.
What do you excel in as an introvert owning a business? When did you realize that this is a strength in your business?
I’m great at time management, and I think most of that comes from simply not wanting to go outside. I like being able to organize my time in the way that suits my life and having my own brand has allowed me to use that ability. I’m also very productive.
Can you talk about a time you felt out-of-place? What thoughts went through your mind and what was the outcome of the situation?
Having just started and working alone, this hasn’t really come up too much. However, I do struggle when people ask about sales because I have only started getting clients over the past few weeks.
What have you learned about yourself in this business process so far? What goals do you have for your personal growth in the next 5 years?
I learned that I can. That’s really the main thing. I can do it, no matter what “it” is. I would like to be doing what I love, including my hobbies (weightlifting, movies, books), and I would like to have my own living/working space, to have invested into my business assets, and to be able to travel more, both for work and fun.
What tip would you give other introverted creatives who are looking to make meaningful connections with others? (Ya know, beyond the small talk) :)
Honestly, just open up. We are all struggling with something.
What is one pieces of advice that you would give creatives in how to find purpose and balance in their life and business? How has this advice played out in your own life and business?
I think my advice is go for it. I’m incredibly privileged to have had about 4 gap years after I graduated and just tried my luck in many things, but when it came to it, I sat down and did it and put it out there for the world to see, even when I thought I’d be ridiculed.