Meet Our Professional Homegirl of the Week: Jamilah Knight
1. Social Handles
- Personal: @flybyknight
- Facebook: Fly by Knight
- Twitter: flybyknight3
- Website: www.shopflybyknight.com
2. What do you do?
I own a brand called "Fly by Knight". "First Love Yourself" by Jamilah Knight. I design uplifting and empowering apparel for women and girls.
3. What motivates you?
When I was in middle school, I was teased about my complexion. I realized all of the love from my family couldn’t shield me from some of the negativity of the outside world.
Eventually, I grew to love myself and stand as the confident, self-loving woman I am today. I began to see that nothing anyone else said could define me, but out of that experience grew a passion to help other young women and girls see the beauty in themselves. Not only in a physical sense, but that self-love that gives you the courage to pursue your dreams. I moved to New York from Kansas City 6 years ago to do just that with no friends or family and I'm still here working towards that every day.
4. How do you balance between your career, side hustles, and your social life?
After leaving my job in May to pursue my dream of owning my own brand, it was honestly very difficult. I've worked for other people most of my life and I was accustomed to a certain schedule and a salary. I think the most important thing is making a schedule for yourself and having a plan, every day doesn't have to look the same, but without a schedule you can stick to, it can be so easy to get off track. I'm naturally a very social person, so innately I know when I need that social interaction and always try to include it at least once a week. Being an entrepreneur can be very lonely, social interaction is something you take for granted when you have a 9 to 5.
5.What advice would you give to young women who want to pursue their dreams?
I used crowdfunding for my initial start up costs and I was overwhelmed by the amount of support I got, not only from my friends and family, but also from former teachers and colleagues, people I hadn't seen since high school and people that didn't even know me personally but just wanted to see me succeed. It's so true when people say you never know who's rooting for you! By taking the leap, I was grateful and encouraged to see how many people wouldn't let me fall and were inspired by the fact that I'd chosen to do so.