Jacqueline Moragne graduated alongside me with her degree in Public Relations. Although I have always admired her as a star student she was not saved from the reality that most of us college graduates face. Her post graduate plans fell through.
I felt like someone knocked the wind out of me. I felt so bad I wasn’t eating. I had some entitlement issues. I did so much in undergrad for others and to make sure my resume was good and what I thought I needed to do to step out in this industry and I couldn’t find anything. You mean to tell me I did so much and I can’t even get a job in Arkansas. I was hurt.
Thankfully she picked herself up and became serious about getting behind her PR agency JBM & Associates and soon became a host of a YouTube talk show series The Melanin Pot.
Q: How would you describe JBM & Associates?
JM: An all inclusive PR agency. If you need graphic design or anything else we have it all. I call it agency because we have different clients and projects.
Q: What made you want to start it?
JM: I always had a dream of having it. I started with contract work, but after I graduated I went public with it. I’m the type of person that wants to work for myself so I wanted to go ahead and get started. It’s something that I love to do.
Q: What are your goals for your business?
JM: In 2017 I want to get a steady cliental and get my name and brand out there. I need to brand more which is what 2017 will be about. My brand stands for making connection and getting results and taking people to the next level. I want to give back. That’s hard because sometimes I want to give soo much. My overall dream for this company is crisis management. That’s the end goal. I want to be the person people call when they have a crisis.
Q: Why crisis management?
JM: I work well under pressure. It’s something about putting that and communication together that drives me. I love it when some shit pops off and every one is running around like a chicken with their head cut off and I’m calm. I know what to do. Crisis allows you to travel and that’s another opportunity to make connection.
Q: What have been your challenges?
JM: Getting steady clients has been hard. Convincing people that I know my stuff and that I can do this had been challenges. Me saying “no” and “yes” has been challenging. I have to understand the line between friends and business and not giving away information when I could get hired for it.
Q: How did The Melanin Pot get started?
JM: It was my friend Jai’ Johnson’s idea. We were both in that depressed stage after graduation and didn’t have jobs so we decided to go for it and brought on May Gayden. We sat around and thought about how to do it and got a camera guy and ran with it. It was the perfect timing. We always had those conversations anyway so we talk about it on camera and create that dialogue.
Q: What are your goals for the show?
JM: In 2017 we are going to kick off interviews with black owned businesses and to record on a more consistent basis to create videos once a week instead of twice a week.
Q: Looking back how do you feel about the hardships you faced after graduating?
JM: Now I’m a firm believer in everything happening in it’s time and season and it wasn’t my time to do the things I wanted to do. I just have to keep putting in the work. As soon as I stopped worrying is when things will work for me. Don’t give up hope and faith in what they believe in. Sometimes you have yo create you own lane. It’s hard and scary and sometimes you feel horrible, but you have to do it. All of that work it college wasn’t for nothing. If you don’t have a set job already be ready to go through the struggle and appreciate it. Creating your own lane might not be start you own business, but whatever it is to you do it.
Jacqueline has been my accountability partner since we have faced similar journeys after graduation. It has been beautiful to see her pick herself up and create an amazing life although it’s not the one she planned. Sometimes in life your dreams don’t come true as you had hoped, but that doesn’t mean that you’re a failure and can’t have an awesome life.