Rachel David is a former broadcaster, turned YouTube personality, turned entrepreneur, and is this week’s #WomenOfAce. This lady boss is incredibly open about her journey, and the turns and hurdles she’s gone through to get where she is. Take some time and read her interview below — there is power in listening to someone else’s story.
PS: Being a badass runs in the family, we want to know her Grandmother’s story too!
Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Rachel: My current hustle is running and growing Hashtag Communications Inc. where we help brands like Google, RBC, Bestbuy etc. get more exposure through utilizing influencers we have direct relationships with. But I feel that’s a given, and you can read all about that on our website. What I’m really excited about today is trying new things. I’m currently developing new Instagram video content where I share lessons and stories I’ve learned along the way of starting my company. I’m hoping to leave each person who watches it feeling better than they did before watching it.
2019 is all about spreading education and positive vibes for me. My second side hustle is teaching people how to build a strong network, and my goal is to develop and execute at least three workshops in 2019 where I teach people not only how to network in person, but online as well. The workshops will be called “New Age Networking” … who knows (stay tuned to my Instagram for notifications about it if you’re interested)! I’m a bit nervous to venture into something different, so it would be awesome to connect with some of you.
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Rachel: The reason why working in influencer marketing is purposeful for me is because before I started this company, I was a full time creator. I took one year off after I was let go from my stable job to make content on Youtube. That year was very scary for me because I didn’t know how I would make money, and luckily I got a couple brand deals and projects that helped me stay afloat. Knowing that there were other creators in the exact same boat as me (a lot of them being my friends), I felt it was important for me to help them get paid so they could keep making content.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Rachel: My dream job was to be on broadway actually! I was a huge theatre nerd in all the musicals and plays. I got a scholarship to go to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, but decided to study broadcasting because I was lucky enough to see the reality of what my lifestyle would be if I did in fact make it to broadway, and I realized that long term, it wasn’t for me. However, having a performing background helped me immensely in business as there’s actually a lot of showmanship; be it speaking at a conference, or at a pitch meeting. Best of all, it taught me how to deal with rejection. There’s nothing worse than being rejected after belting your heart out, crying in a dramatic monologue, or dancing with every ounce of passion. Now when a prospective client says no, it slides off my back because I’m thinking, “No problem… all I invested was a conversation!”
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Rachel: Resilient, passionate, fiery.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Rachel: My grandmother. She escaped Poland during the war, and was eventually able to carve out a successful career in fashion. Today, she lives a fabulous lifestyle and has helped me understand money management and how to invest. She was actually the first woman in England to get a mortgage without a male guarantor. She’s pretty badass.
Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Rachel: I just got shivers thinking about it. To me, a boss babe is a highly capable, determined, ambitions woman, who not only wants to make her life better, but also bring up those around her.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Rachel: By hiring only women. I know this is a bit controversial, but honestly I want more women’s worth to be derived from their brains, not from the way they look, and if I can help encourage that and provide them with those opportunities, I will. Every little thing helps move our gender to a place of equality.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Rachel: Trust your gut! As women, one of our biggest assets is our intuition. USE IT!
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Rachel: I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from failure is that when it happens, it mainly means you need to pivot something so it doesn’t happen again.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Rachel: Honestly, I put on a podcast or something that’s going to help get my mind on straight. A Gary Vaynerchuk video, or Oprah speech usually does the trick, and I clean my environment — a clean space helps me think straight. My mom once told me that your environment is a reflection of what’s going on in your head, which is so true for me.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Rachel: Big question! I would hope to be known for being one of the biggest connectors, and for being someone who helped other people (especially women) find the courage to go after what they wanted in life, despite any adversities they may have to face.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Rachel: My social media is @RachelDavid on everything. Add me up and send me a DM saying you came from here, and let’s connect! I love meeting new people. My company is @HashtagCommunications on social media, or check out our website, here. Also, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay connected with Rachel: @RachelDavid