We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamelle Robertson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamelle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to be available for my wife and children. I’ve always wanted to be a business man, I just really took it seriously after being married and being an employee for a few years.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always had a talent for art and I’ve always enjoyed being creative and doing creative things like drawing, painting and coloring. I also enjoy building things and problem solving. I have taken a few woodshop classes in middle school and high school as well a couple of art classes in high and college. I never followed through with my passions because I was scared. I had low self-esteem and I didn’t think I was good enough. I tried so to fit in with anyone and I lost my way. I began smoking cannabis at a young age and had a great experience with it. It allowed me to be even more creative and I stopped trying to fit in with people that didn’t even want me around. Fast forward 10 – 15 years and I find myself married, working warehouse jobs trying to figure out what life is about. I was still struggling with insecurities and I knew I wanted to leave my mark in the world but didn’t exactly know what to do or how to do it. These were definitely trying times for me and I was alone. I was married at the time but my wife and I were young and we weren’t communicating with each other. There was some other personal issues that left me on no-speaking terms with my family (which was because of my pride). This is around the time where I started to read books. I got into reading because I wanted to become educated. There’s a saying that my uncle told me and it stuck with me like a bad year book picture. The saying goes; “if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book.” Pretty harsh I know. As a young black man, it made me realize that I need to have my priorities for life in order. Now I enjoy books and have a small library that I’m proud of. Books really helped me find myself and I started to realize that life, or what I thought about life, was up to me. I started to learn and realize that I could only control what I do and how I react to certain situations. Books were what helped me gain insight into what business I wanted to do. Naturally, it was cannabis inspired clothing and accessories. This would give me the chance to be creative, and leave my mark. My clothing brand represents love, peace and self-awareness, probably the three most important things to me as an individual and now I’m excited to share my vision with the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My itinerary would all depend on what time of year it is although I like to go with the flow so I’m not sure how long we would stick to an itinerary. I like to have fun so there could be some arcade games involved like at Dave and Busters where we could also have a few drinks while we play. I’ve always wanted to go to Top golf. We would have to go bowling somewhere and shoot pool. Tempe townlake is always an option and snowboarding for sure if it’s winter time. There’s a bunch of hiking we would do and I would take them to some vegan restaurants that my wife and I enjoy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I want to give a shoutout to my wife, my and our unborn child who gives me the strength and motivation to chase my dreams. My wife is my rock and I wouldn’t be the man that I am today if it weren’t for her. I would like to shoutout Ceiphers and Rachel Olweya. Ceiphers has been nothing else but a friend. His mentorship is just the icing on the cake. He has inspired me to move seriously and he always encourages me. Him and his wife are definitely a huge support system for me. I would like to send a shoutout another friend of mine, Jeremy Jones. We met a while ago working together in a warehouse. He was the first person my age that I saw in real life with his own business and that was a real eye opener for me. I want to shoutout my good friend Gary Williams, founder of iamwierdco, who was another supporter of mine and blessed with resources to continue my work. Finally I would like to give a future shoutout to all of my family and friends who will be supporting me if they haven’t done so already. I love them all and I’m grateful to have them in my life.
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