Photo credit: Kelsey Butler Harrison
Founder of REVELRY, The XO Crawl Registration Lounge + VIP After Party Location
Also founder of @theswoonevent, owner of @yeah.party, and partner at The Getaway Motor Club
1. In two sentences, who is Amberly?
I am first and foremost a mother to the dopest 14 year old ever, Peyton. I am also a very curious and passionate person who does not like to be labeled or to be told that I cannot achieve something.
2. When it comes to #boss levels, you're at the top-- founder of REVELRY, founder of The Swoon Event, owner of Yeah Party Co., partner at The Getaway Motor Club. Tell us about your journey to becoming an owner of multiple businesses.
When people asked me, "What do you want to be when you grow up?", I always had a different answer. I've always been a bit of a walking contradiction, so although I once had a passion for the corporate real estate life, I also knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I decided about four years ago to stand in my truth and ignore the norms. If I have a passion for something, I am going to pursue it...sometimes thoughtfully and sometimes on a whim. I've been fortunate that my businesses/ideas are somewhat related, so the transition made sense to me.
3. What's your mission OR what motivates you?
I'm motivated by other small businesses and creatives with a true community-first focus and truly see the good in others. When I am able to create a successful event that leads to new collaborations or sales, it gives me even more motivation to keep going while looking for more creative ways to build on that.
4. What challenges have you faced being a mompreneur and how have you tackled them?
There's never enough time in the day! It's something I still struggle with. My hope is that I am building something for her, while also showing her what hard work looks like. Fortunately, she's is older now. She has taken an interest in some of my work, so we can bond over shopping my markets or by seeking her input.
5. What's the best advice you've ever received? What advice would you give to new entrepreneurs?
My mentor Marion told me to let go of other people's perceptions and expectations of me and just trust in myself and the ideas that I have. I must admit, I did not listen to her for YEARS and I wish I had. I'm living by this now, and would offer the same advice to others.
6. Anything else you'd like to share with us?
It may sound cheesy, but I usually come out on top when I trust my instincts. Personally, professionally, it is all in sync.