Today we’d like to introduce you to Nakeya Samuels.
Hi Nakeya, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a native New Yorker, Brooklyn to be exact! However, Baltimore is now my second home and I rep and show the same love for Baltimore as I do for New York. I came to Maryland with hopes of working in DC and living in MD. I just wanted something nice and slow after 5PM, but great entertainment at arm’s reach when I am ready. However, not one company considered me and if they did interview me, they never called back! I must have cried many nights because I knew I was never going to move. So I thought! One fall evening while still living in NYC, I told my mom (biggest supporter) that I decided to change my way of thinking. I always said I am tired of saying that I am trying to move to the DMV area, but instead I should have been saying; I am moving to the DMV area. Within two weeks, I landed a job interview at Sinclair Broadcasting Group and got the job on the spot. I had two weeks to pack my daughter and I things, find an apartment and head to Baltimore! I stayed at Sinclair Broadcasting for 3.5 years before moving on to different companies throughout the years. In 2015, I welcomed my son and I wanted to take a slower pace and have a work/ life balance for my children but still be a beast at what I do. I landed a job at IHeartMedia, that allowed that laid back environment and opportunities to continue to grow both personally and professionally. I was a Traffic Manager for IHeartMedia for five years. My manager Samantha Lance nurtured me and still does to this day! I call her my second mom because she always challenges and supports me up until this day, even though I no longer work for her. In January of 2020, I was laid off from IHeartMedia and I did not even get upset. I left a voicemail for my mom while she was midair to Barbados and told her what happened. Once she landed, she called and cried because she did not know what I was going to do. I just said I got this and go and enjoy your vacation. As I am collected my things, I told my manager (she didn’t know) and walked out the door to not ever look back work wise. I knew I had two children to support, a degree to complete and a business to build.
How my business started?! I already formed N Sam Solutions 15 years prior but literally was NOT charging or charging enough. I just loved what I did and that was helping -people/businesses where they lacked. When I got laid off; I was working with one client already, but within a week I had three clients and my business took off! Through the months, I was referred to different people and that is how my list started to grow. I am now 16 years in, but almost two years doing it full time. Though I work longer hours, the work/life balance I have cannot be matched. I know when to go hard for my clients and I know when to go hard for home. I recently just purchased a house this year and that is from all the late nights and early mornings that I put in. I can honestly say I am blessed and COVID did not stop one thing.
I always credit my village for helping me through many long nights, referring clients, building me and supporting me through my many adventures. I am very old school and having a foundation is very important. Without that, there is no Nakeya and without Nakeya, there is no N Sam Solutions!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Of course not! I have had to walk away from a big contract with a major hospital because it compromised my morals and values. This was literally in the middle of me closing on my house, but I kept my faith and just know something better will come. There were some days, I just wanted to give up because I was just tired and overwhelmed. What kept me was my village and my children.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
N Sam Solutions is a business that help other businesses where they need additional assistance. Some of my clients sub-contract their work to me, but most bring me on their team directly as a consultant. As a consultant, most of it is project-based or event-based. I have worked as a recruiter, marketing operations manager, personal assistant and advertising/marketing consultant to help build a brand that is new or established. What sets me apart from others is that I can dip into different industries and excel by applying business knowledge that is not so exclusive to one industry. I have to market a position as a recruiter, I have to market a client to get them off the ground. I have to have conversations with other CEOs and businesses to get things done. Nothing is industry specific!
What I am most proud of is helping a client launch Hack Baltimore. It is a project that pushed me to limits I did not know I can go. I worked with so many major Movers and Shakers of Baltimore and it felt good to rub elbows with them at meetings and events. It was not just a “Hi, insert person”, I was able to strike a conversation and follow up with an email or call to them later on.
What I want the readers to know? That is so hard to answer because I am so open to anything that is positive. Right now, I am looking to branch out to talk to different demographics about job readiness. I will like to go into schools, companies, organizations, nonprofits and have a chat with those searching for work. I like to not take bad experiences and dwell, I always like to look for the good that came out of it. In one of my recent contracts, I recruited for positions that would hire people that we’re entering into the job field for the first time, those who have criminal records or those that have limited skills or education. They were treated like workers and not individuals with a story. Granted, some really where just not being truthful, but the majority just wanted a second chance and guidance. I will like to coach them, prepare them for the workforce and let them know someone actually cares and that they are not just a BODY in the company. So, in a nutshell, I would love to partner with other organizations to make that happen.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Do not give up! Communicate your needs!
Open your mouth on your dreams, you never know who knows who.
It’s ok if it’s not your specialty. You do not have to take ALL contracts that comes your way.
Once you compromised your morals and values, it will follow you.
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- Website: https://nsamsolution.com/
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