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Meet Bethanee Epifani of B’Epifani

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bethanee Epifani.

Bethanee, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always enjoyed speaking and being in front of an audience. At one point, I thought I was going to be an actress. After graduating from college (LMU), I decided to pursue an acting career, so I took acting classes and got my headshots done. However, the night before I was going to go out and start auditioning, I sat on my bedroom floor and began to ask myself some tough questions. I asked myself why I actually wanted to be an actress. I discovered that my desire to act came from a place of wanting fame and money and had less to do with having a passion for the actual art. I knew that I wouldn’t become a highly sought out actress if my heart wasn’t in it.

Fortunately, I discovered that what I did have a passion for was motivational speaking, and, in retrospect, it’s something that I have been doing since high school, but it didn’t occur to me to pursue it as a career. I loved using my voice to encourage and uplift other people and motivational speaking provided the perfect avenue for me to do that. I joined a Toastmasters Club and continued to hone my speaking skills and eventually, I launched B’Epifani (Bee- Eee – pif-uh- nee), which is my motivational speaking brand.

In addition to speaking, I am also a writer, blogger, and workshop teacher. I wrote a book entitled “My Quarter-of-a-Century Life Lessons” which is a motivational book for millennials and younger generations. And my workshops are youth centered and focus on things like self-development, healthy dating, and public speaking. I discovered that I wanted to use my voice to inspire, embolden, and enlighten the younger generations. It’s funny because that’s what my name “Epifani” means — to enlighten — and that’s what I do now. Talk about manifestation lol.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it has NOT been a smooth ride. If you want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a lawyer you know what steps you have to take to get there. But how in the world does one become a Motivational Speaker?! I struggled with the “How” — How was all of this going to happen? What were the necessary steps? I had no idea. I promoted my business and my services but it was difficult to get a response. It was frustrating. I was not good at marketing myself and making myself visible to those who were seeking my services. I had to learn how to reach out to schools and organizations and to not be bashful about promoting myself.

As my mom always said, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” I had to squeak lol. I had to be persistent and intentional about putting myself out there. If you don’t let people know what you do, then how will you get hired to provide your service? So marketing and promoting is an area I am continuously growing in. Another struggle as a budding entrepreneur is money. Money is necessary to finance a dream. So until I had the money I had to do everything. I was my own marketer, social media expert, receptionist, web designer, content creator, etc.

I had all these roles and I was not experienced in many of these fields. I had to learn as I went along and be patient with myself. And the biggest struggle I dealt with was internal. There were moments when I doubted whether or not I should continue down this path at all because it just felt like such a big mountain to climb. Fortunately, I have great people in my life who believe in me and cheered me along on the days when I found it difficult to encourage myself.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with B’Epifani – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a motivational speaker, author, and workshop teacher. I speak to high school and college students, and I share vital life principles of self-love, self-determination, and self-actualization. My desire to share and uplift comes from my own past emotional and mental struggles.

Now, having overcome those obstacles, I am passionate about sharing what I have learned with others in an effort to empower and equip them to overcome and/or completely by-pass potential stumbling blocks. A lot of the topics I speak about stem from my book, “My Quarter-of-a-Century Life Lessons”, where I speak about the dangers of comparing yourself, how to discover your passion, the power of positivity, surrounding yourself with the right crowd, life during and after college, etc.

My workshops are youth based and focus on self-development, public speaking, goal setting, and healthy dating and healthy body image for teenage girls.

What I am proud of and what sets me apart is that I am an African American woman from the millennial generation, which provides me with a unique perspective that others will not have. A lot of the motivational speakers you see are older men who have no connection to the young people they are speaking to. What sets me apart is that I am a member of this newer generation and can relate to the issues they face.

What sets me apart is my honesty and authenticity. I am authentically and unapologetically myself. I am honest about my mistakes and never set myself apart from the audience that I am speaking to/sharing with. I am proud that I have evolved to this point of self-love and celebration and I am proud of the positive impact I am having on the young people I interact with on a weekly basis.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am currently writing my second book on dating. The book focuses on lessons I’ve learned while dating as a millennial that I want to share with younger generations. I am also looking forward to facilitating more healthy dating and body image workshops for young girls during the upcoming school year.

Pricing:

  • My Quarter-of-a-Century Life Lessons can be purchased on Amazon for $12.00

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2 Comments

  1. Willis H. Jenkins

    August 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I am so proud of you and you most noble endeavors. I have observed you as you matured both personally and professionally. May God bless all you do and open up endless doors for you. May you be limited only by your dreams.

    • Carlotta Sadler

      August 13, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Well said Mr. Jenkins.

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