Mena Darre' on Her Journey to Full-time Entrepreneurship


On episode 26, I’m talking with Mena Darre, she is a full time entrepreneur, she owns a photography company and is the founder of an enrichment program for teens. She has a bachelor's in Exercise Science, Masters in Teaching Health Education, and a Doctorate in following her passion.

June 2nd, 2017 Mena stepped out on faith and quit her teaching job to pursue Mena Darré Photo & Video full time.  Mena Darré specializes in professional branding, events, and weddings. Throughout her journey Mena has had the opportunity to capture high profile people such as  Kim Coles, Regina Hall, Terrence J, and St. Louis’s very own Nelly and Wesley Bell. Mena’s work has been seen in Black Enterprise, the Huffington Post, Delux Magazine, and Writer’s Life Magazine.  

When Mena is not behind the camera you can find her in the classroom.  Mena is the founder of The Creatives Of Tomorrow which is an organization that provides enrichment programs that expose, educate, and inspire teens to explore entrepreneurship and photography.  Mena has worked with over 100 students in the St. Louis area and plans to impact many more.

This episode is for you if you are thinking about pursuing a side hustle, thinking about going full time with your side hustle, and/or you are working to build your tribe.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • The importance of being kind and a good person at heart

  • How mentorship and coaching helped her excel in her career

  • Therapy and the role it has played in her success

  • Challenges of outsourcing work for business

  • Saying no to others to make space for herself

Mena’s most:

Impactful Read:

Nice Girls Don’t Get Rick by Lois P. Frankel

Advice Received: You can be the best photographer, but, if you don’t know the business it doesn’t matter.

What is making a mark to Mena?

Making a mark  is every time you enter the room or talk to someone leaving a little bit of you with them and the goal is to leave a positive one.

You can also find Mena on the below platforms:

Keep up with Mena on Website I Instagram I Facebook

Keep up with Mena Darre Photography on Website I Instagram I Facebook

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