Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kelli Turner, Founder of Turner Talent, located in Melbourne Beach, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
As a Mother-Daughter team with many years of experience in the talent industry, we created Turner Talent to help people of ALL ages (yes, babies to' 80s) interested in modeling and acting to start on the right foot while avoiding the GLAM SCAMS and reaching their full potential SAFELY and PROFESSIONALLY.
We believe anyone can enjoy this industry without wasting gobs of money and time. That's why we created a way for you to do this without wasting either.
Tell us about yourself
I started out in the talent industry when I was just 15, working as a model and actress. Then I learned the production side of the camera, the behind-the-scenes that make all the magic happen. Over the years, I found myself sharing my knowledge and experience with many people interested in modeling and acting for themselves and/or their children.
My 'aha' moment happened in a Starbucks as I helped a friend navigate her questions about getting into tv, film, and print work. Whether seeking a new career path or just a hobby, I realized there were so many people like her who didn't know how to start or even that they needed to know who to trust.
I saw the need to bridge the gap for sound advice from someone who has already experienced the learning curve, made the connections, and knew the way around the business.
Thus, Turner Talent was born: the successful program developed to launch new careers, furthers individual goals, guides people around pitfalls, and points them in the right direction.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Watching dozens of people that TT has helped to live their dream or just have some fun on a set! Seeing them accomplish so much and knowing it started with our guidance makes me beam with pride. In such a scam-filled business, I am so proud to have made a name as "the real deal"!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Juggling all the different areas of castings, coaching, and connecting!! I am fortunate to run my own business and have my daughter join me!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Make sure you research what problem you are solving or what need you are filling and test the waters a bit first.
- Make a realistic plan of what you will charge and give in exchange for a "good deal," but be able to make a living at it and not listen to naysayers! Let those that are intimidated or too fearful to start their own business fuel your fire!
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I love what I do. I sleep well at night knowing I run an honest business (and in a business that is filled with rip-offs). I like helping people, and now that we are NATIONWIDE, I can reach out across the miles! Turner Talent was operating by ZOOM before that became a "thing"!
Where can people find you and your business?
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