Britt Meets Blogger, Radio Host and Non-Profit Founder Alexa Curtis
Posted on September 12 2018
As I continually strive to redefine who we place attention on in society, I COULD NOT think of anyone more appropriate than Alexa Curtis. Just shy of 21, this fierce human runs her own business, landed her own show on Radio Disney discussing issues around mental health with teens, and has a nonprofit that EDUCATES and EMPOWERS young adults through speaking.
Simply put, she is real. Like, REAL DEAL type of real. What you see is what you get. That is why she is a breath of FRESH AIR and the most perfect representation of a ROLE MODEL.
I LOVE this episode. LISTEN. READ. DO SOMETHING. Just soak in the advice she gives in whatever way you choose to receive it. She is beyond inspiring.
Dear New Friend who I feel like I have known a lifetime, I HEART YOU. I am INSPIRED by you. AND I THANK YOU. Keep doing you. The world needs more YOU.
When you started your blog did you start it with an intention of making a career out of it?
No! For starters, I was 12 (she’s 20 now). Blogs weren’t really a thing like they are now. There was no monetizing a blog back then. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I started making money and realized I could make a business out of this.
Do you think kids and teens are attracted to this idea of blogging from the wrong reasons?
I think a lot of young people look up to YouTubers, bloggers, instagrammers and they immediately just see FAME. There is an instant gratification element that they want it TOMORROW, which is the wrong way to think. It’s not supposed to be easy if you want to build a successful business with longevity. Social media makes it looks easy but unfortunately that’s not the case. IT IS NOT EASY. More than anything I think what we need to focus on is the idea that one day instagram may not be here. I think people forget that. So if it is gone, you need to ask yourself what are YOU doing.
ADVICE: From Alexa Curtis
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog?
People don’t know where to start. You really need to go into it with ZERO expectations. Then you need to ask what sets you apart? Make sure you are in it because you LOVE it. There is also something to be said about the consistency of doing it and not giving up. Remember, everybody likes SOMETHING whether you’re cleaning toilets, cooking, painting nails, or doing hair, so do the thing you’re good at. If you don’t know what that thing is, GO OUT AND LEARN. BUY A BUS TICKET. MEET PEOPLE. GO ON AN ADVENTURE. LIVE.
Be in it for success in the long run.
That was GREAT advice THANK YOU! What if you have something established but still don’t have the following?
When it comes to sponsorships, START SMALL. Every brand has 100 dollars at the end of the day. If you can say you have 100 listeners you can pitch one dollar per listener.
Being Happy is so undervalued in today’s world.
How has your work ethic that you started out with continued through your journey up until this point?
I still have side hustles. I like to word hard. It allows me to do what I LOVE FULL TIME. A lot of times people don’t discuss the financial part of being an entrepreneur. Sometimes you can be unhappy with yourself with the more endorsements you get. It leaves you wanting more. It is important to remember to be OK with enough with what’s in the moment. I need to stop and be present and settle on each opportunity as it arises.
How do you reset and take time for yourself despite your busy schedule?
Exercise. I try to workout six days a week. I am very strict with weekends off. I really don’t go on my emails on Saturday and Sundays. I also go off social media on Sundays. It just makes me happy and feel good.
Do you have role models?
Definitely Sarah Jessica Parker and Steve Jobs. You know, I find a lot of people inspiring. I have these people who support and push me.
I think the purpose of US being here is that the term role model can be more broad and not just someone you look up to but someone you can learn alongside of and find inspiration from. And you’re doing that for us, so thank you. (WELL-SAID HOLLY)