I'll be the first to say it - unlike building up your shoe collection that only takes a few hours of shopping to do, building up your brand definitely doesn't happen overnight. But here in Los Angeles, Niccole Culver, founder of F.A.M.E., has a few tricks up her sleeve to help women get empowered and established within their network. Today I got the chance to chat with Niccole about what F.A.M.E. stands for, a few of her biggest networking tips, and why she loves to give back to her community.
Hillary Gadsby: What does F.A.M.E. stand for and what is the goal of the company?
Niccole Culver: F.A.M.E. stands for fashion, arts, media and entertainment. Our mission is to educate and empower, and we do that by providing the platform and resources for women to reach their full potential.
HG: It looks like you cover everything from trunk shows to conferences - can you tell us a little bit more about what all F.A.M.E. has to offer?
NC: Aside from trunk shows, F.A.M.E. has hosted acting workshops, art shows and networking events; I've participated in panels for the Boys & Girls Club and UCLA. One of my favorite events is the networking/spotlight series called the Famous Woman event where we spotlight and celebrate a guest of honor for her achievements in her respective industry. It's an intimate, inspirational affair and a great way to mix and mingle with like-minded women. We also partner with non-profit organizations to donate a portion of our proceeds to support the arts within the community.
HG: F.A.M.E. offers the ability for women to network and create business relationships - what are some of your biggest networking tips?
NC: It's very simple - be yourself, believe in yourself, be interested in what you do. I believe if you're interested in what you do and enjoy what you do, others will be interested too.
HG: Name one person you look up to that inspires you.
NC: I can't name just one person! Not to sound cliche, but my inspiration comes from my parents. Even as an adult, I still run every big idea by them to get their opinion. What they think means the world to me and I wouldn't have half the guts to take the risks I've taken without their love and support. I have such an amazing foundation and support system in my mother and father that even if no one else believed in me, as long as they did, that'll be all I need.
HG: What kind of shoe are you and why?
NC: I'm a high, earth tone, peep-toe type of gal. I'm absolutely OBSESSED with nail polish and I love to show off my fresh pedicure in a pair of sky-high stilettos. Earth tones really make my off-the-wall colored toes pop! Of course the four inches and above heels are for show. When I'm just out and about, I love to rock a sexy, yet comfortable, pair of wedges.
HG: What are your 3 biggest passions in life?
NC: I'd say I'm most passionate about art, travel and community service. I've never been much of an athlete and I've naturally gravitated towards anything artistic - music, dance, photography. Secondly, nothing feeds my spirit more than traveling to new, exciting places; forcing myself out my comfort zone and immersing myself in other cultures. Lastly, I have a true passion to help others. I love volunteering for various non-profits, and taking time out to do something nice for someone, or help them get closer to reaching their goals. I find joy in helping others flourish! I feel the world is big enough for us all to prosper, which is the notion out of which F.A.M.E. was conceived.