Monthly Archives: September 2018

Bonus: Audio Masterclass – Creating a Culture of Independent Music with Kennita Hickman

Kennita Hickman

Kennita Hickman started writing at age 14 but  soon found herself leaning toward the music industry,helping  manage independent musicians. As an entrepreneur, Kennita pursues different revenue streams and access points. Her entrepreneurial ambitions reflect breadth and depth,  being the principal of the Catera OmniVision Group and a writer and organizer for Our City, Your Vote in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The self-proclaimed “Hustler,”  aims to develop objective-based plans for musicians and other independent artists. The big questions she poses to her clients are: “What is the next step? What is the plan? And how do we work to get there?”

Kennita’s approach helps artists explore fundamental pathways to exposure, funneling and increasing their access points for revenue streams.


Kennita stresses the importance of developing relationships and while not all relationships work, she explores opportunities with those who realize the significance of a mutually beneficial opportunity to build exposure.

A Fan of Music

Kennita is thirsty for artists who excite her. She highlights the pros and cons of mechanisms like YouTube when looking at accessibility. The dueling contrast of having content within a field of too much content is a fundamental element that Kennita knows needs to be addressed. “The internet has made things more accessible, which is a great thing, but it’s also made things more accessible, which is a bad thing.”

Podcast Importance

Like many entrepreneurs, Kennita believes in finding the most effective routes to exposure. She shares her belief that podcasts feature as a tool in an entrepreneurs repertoire and as a person of color, Kennita also finds that working with podcasters of color helps improve access to the table for all hard-working artists of color.

Creating Entrepreneur Spaces

Edible Milwaukee and Our City, Your Vote are two current projects that Kennita is very excited about working on. She’s created a music and food column, which appear in Edible Milwaukee, and is an organizer for a Get Out the Vote campaign in Milwaukee.

Ultimately, Kennita believes that she is creating a “culture of independent music”.  While doing this, her entrepreneurial spirit is the anchor that helps gather and lead like-minded artists to a new and shared space for success.

Finding the Beginning

Recognizing the importance of peace and ease, Kennita emphasizes the beginning for any entrepreneur starts with finding an inner calm and peace to start moving forward. From experience, she understands that business success is an ongoing process. Motivated to reach her goals, Kennita does not quit, but is grateful for her individual successes.

Goals and Goal Setting

Vision boards help Kennita find her entrepreneurial focus. Her work and ambition never stop as Kennita continues working towards her goals essentially, finding revenue streams to achieve entrepreneurial success. She shares some critical advice: “Having multiple opportunities for revenue is essential.”

Additional Information:

LinkedIn :  Kennita Hickman

E-mail :

See the following Kennita Hickman and Our City, Your Vote or visit their Facebook page at for more information.

Ep 113: Grow Online Visibility and Increase Conversion with Ahmed Khalifa

Ahmed helps ambitious business owners grow their business through digital marketing, WordPress maintenance, and personal business training.

We discuss challenges and hope you must expect them and understand that they help you grow. We talk about how to learn from everyone, even when they have different experience than you. We also discuss the small to growth business launch strategy.

Golden nuggets:

  • Listen to your customer
  • Keep things simple

Keys to success:

  • Learn from other people
  • Learn from your own mistakes
  • Build up your knowledge and experience from every experience

Actionable tips:

  • Start small as a side-hustle and build from there
  • Be consistent


“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” Abraham Lincoln


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Ep 112: You Are Phenomenal with Ash Brown

Ash Brown is a gifted American producer, blogger, speaker, media personality and event emcee. The blog on showcases exclusive event invites, product reviews and so much more.

We talk about walking your journey one day at a time. We discuss challenges and how facing them head on and not hiding from them will not only help you learn from them but power through them and prosper.

Golden nuggets:

  • Roll with what’s in your heart
  • Be your own cheerleader

Keys to success:

  • Focus
  • Have a goal in front of you
  • Be aware of the energy around you
  • Execute

Actionable tips:

  • Go out and do it


“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome” Samuel Johnson


Ash Brown – Ash Said

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Ep 111: Be Stress Free with Brianna Rooney

I talk with Brianna Rooney of Techees. Techees has been building engineering teams for seed funded startups to public companies and everything in between since 2009.

We discuss how being stress free can be a key to succeeding in business. We talk through being efficient and having a laser focus in business and in life. We also chat about the fact that everyone shouldn’t kiss your baby.

Golden nuggets:

  • Think about what you can get done
  • Fall in love with winning
  • Be stress free

Keys to success:

  • Laser focus
  • Be efficient

Actionable tips:

  • Open communication
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously


“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm


Brianna Rooney – Techees