How Getting Laid Off Completely Changed My Life (EP 01)

By DeAndra Jalisa

January 25, 2024

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Hello, amazing creatives! It’s DeAndra Jalisa, your guide on the Creative On The Grind journey. Today, let’s dive into the highlights of our very first episode, where I spill the details on my incredible journey from a third-generation hairstylist to a thriving entrepreneur—all sparked by a pivotal layoff.


I can’t contain my excitement as I finally hit the record button to share insights on business, life, and personal development. This podcast is all about the real stuff, the ups, and downs of the entrepreneurial rollercoaster.

The Background Story:

Picture this: starting as a hairstylist, entwined in a family legacy, but feeling the pull of my true identity. The journey takes a turn into the event industry, balancing a full-time job with weekend events—leading to a chaotic but utterly transformative period.

Layoff and Entrepreneurial Spark:

The turning point came when I faced a layoff. Fear gripped me, but it was also the catalyst that pushed me to step into entrepreneurship. I share this because I want you to know that it’s okay to feel uncertain; it’s the journey that matters.

Strategic Growth and Pivoting:

Ever ventured into the balloon industry? I did, and strategically turned it into a luxury business. Learn why having a plan matters, drawing from my business education and upbringing in a salon environment. Oh, and yes, scaling the business to six figures in the first year—it happened!

Passion and Creativity:

Creativity is my heartbeat. I encourage you to leverage your talents for business but also want you to know that it’s okay if your passion doesn’t align with your business. Take it from me, using balloons creatively became a game-changer despite them not being my initial passion.

Coaching and Podcasting:

Fast forward to coaching others and starting this podcast—it’s been a journey. Challenges were faced, confidence gained, and now I’m here helping others launch and grow their businesses. This podcast is not just about my journey; it’s about creating a community of thriving entrepreneurs.

Connect with Me:

Don’t miss out on the latest updates. Connect with me on Instagram and subscribe to the Creative On The Grind Podcast. Let’s stay connected!

Closing Thoughts:

This episode is a candid dive into the transformative power of taking risks and finding your true passion. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or just need a dose of motivation, join me on this exciting journey at Creative On The Grind. Stay tuned for more episodes where we explore the creative realm and the path to success. Until next time, stay creative, stay on the grind, and embrace the journey to success!

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