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Life & Work with Lisa Janay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Janay. 

Hi Lisa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
Thanks for featuring me in this magazine! I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Growing up, my first passions was dancing, acting, and being a news reporter. I attended Cass Technical High School from 2014-2018; I majored in Performing Arts. In my high school years, I debuted in one of the biggest modern dance concert performances of the year, known as “Legacy” I also appeared in a few acting performances, and one of my biggest accomplishments I earned, was the opportunity to interview the American R&B Singer-Songwriter Mario. In 2017, while working at Foot Locker and being in school, I was still trying to figure out what will my future hold after high school. In March of 2020, unfortunately, I was laid off from work due to COVID-19. At that point, I really felt stuck, and I was like where do I go from here, but I was determined by any means to get something done through all of the trials and tribulations I been through. In August of 2020, I started my very own online women’s fashion boutique “Cold Piece Boutique.” Cold Piece Boutique came to life because I always had an eye for fashion; I just didn’t know where to start. So, when the pandemic started, I had time to really sit down and think and make my vision/dream come to fruition. Cold Piece Boutique is designed for the women that are not afraid to flaunt it and know they are coldest. Our brand works hard to serve our customers quality and the coldest clothing. Within these two years, my boutique has had amazing success, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the future. In June of 2021, I debuted my very own men’s clothing line, “Heavy Flexin Apparel.” Heavy Flexin Apparel based off of how I grew up in Detroit and is about overcoming all the obstacles it took to get YOU to where YOU want to be in life! This new online Detroit apparel store just represents what it is like to start from scratch and FLEXIN your accomplishments whether you are a big-time business person, a hustler, an athlete, rapper, or etc. Everybody FLEX about something they have done in life! My hard work, dedication, motivation, determination, punctuality, and most importantly the grace of God made me who I am today and helped land those dance, acting, modeling, interviewing, and business opportunities. 

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?
Everything in life is not going to be easy. There is always going to be a few bumps (maybe even a lot of bumps) in the road, and mistakes will happen. Do not be afraid to fail and start over. That’s where I learned who I am, and I knew that I am not going to let that stop me or anyone, as a matter of fact. I am determined by any means to figure out how I’m going to be successful. In general, my first dream was not becoming a multi-business owner, but I knew the hustle/grind that I have is going to get me somewhere in life no matter how long it takes because nothing happens overnight. One of the struggles I have had is that the people I really thought that was going to support me during the process actually haven’t supported…. and I realized that is totally fine; everyone is not going to support you, and that is one of the biggest challenges you cannot let stop you from chasing your dream. It’s going to be a lot of doubters/haters along the way, and sometimes it’ll be from the people that you least expected, but as long as you keep the faith, consistency, motivation, and determination, nothing or nobody will get in your way. Don’t let anyone block/stand in the way of your blessings! What is destined for you is for you! 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an online multi-business owner, I have an online women’s fashion boutique and a men’s online apparel store. Cold Piece Boutique specializes in making women feel like the COLDEST PIECE around as in shopping with amazing confidence being comfortable in your own skin and not being afraid to flaunt what you got no matter what body type you may have! 

Heavy Flexin Apparel specializes in overcoming all the obstacles it took to get YOU to where YOU want to be in life and what it is like to start from scratch and FLEXIN your accomplishments whether you are a big-time business person, a hustler, an athlete, rapper, or etc. Everybody FLEX about something they have done in life! Heavy Flexin logo symbolizes how determination, consistency, dedication, motivation, the hustle/grind brought YOU this far to be successful! This company works hard to keep that Detroit grind alive with quality clothing! 

I am most proud of overcoming the struggles in my life, making something out of nothing and being able to start employment for myself after being laid off from work, and still striving today to do anything I set my mind to because nothing is impossible! As of now, I’m working on my acting and modeling career while being a full-time entrepreneur, brand ambassador, and marketer. 

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
Yes, Instagram and other social media apps do play a huge role in my businesses because social media is great for networking and getting yourself out there. Everyone is on social media, so no matter how much engagement you are getting on your posts, keep promoting yourself because someone out there is watching and will come across your content! 

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