Tori: Who are you? What do you do?
Lete: I’m a sister, daughter, friend, pageant queen, soon to be crypto queen, model and actress. I do what makes me happy and what I feel has purpose.
Tori: What was your first business (including running your own business)? How long did this last or are you still involved in the same business?
Lete: When I was in elementary school I started a jewelry making business. I would sell my jewelry to my grandma Ducks and her friends. It lasted probably about 4 years. Strong customer loyalty is key.
Tori: Biggest challenge? How did you get through it?
Lete: For me it would probably be being the first in a lot of avenues I take. I don’t see a road map of blueprint that others have taken but hold that responsibility and privilege of creating that for others.
Tori: What is something that you wish you could go back and tell yourself before starting this journey?
Lete: Everything you want to do or have an idea for is possible. Everyone is scared and projecting their insecurities onto you because they haven't seen it done before. That does not mean you are not capable, that just means you are going to be that example for others.
Tori: What did you do before owning your own/running your business?
Lete: I played volleyball and that is actually what helped grow my instagram account that allowed me the opportunity to become a content creator.
Tori: What/who made you take the first leap?
Lete: My seventeen year volleyball coach was the first person that told me that I could do anything I wanted and the money would follow.
Tori: Who was the first to believe in you and give you real support (financial/sweat equity)?
Lete: Again,my seventeen year volleyball coach Melissa Stark. She told me I was different and that I was going to have to pave my own way.
Tori: Was this your dream job? If not, what was?
Lete: Social media content creation is a dream, but not my ultimate dream. I want to act more and be in movies.
Tori: Why did you get into this field?
Lete: I LOVE to create and collaborate with others to make something cool. There is something truly magical about creating.
Tori: What is your biggest failure that you turned into a success?
Lete: I don’t know if there was one big definitive failure but a compilation of learning from every small “failure” along the way.
Tori: If you could change one thing about your life today for the better, what would it be?
Lete: I would have an assistant. Lol I get so overwhelmed with everything it gets hard to keep in order so I am definitely manifesting having one in my future.
Tori: How is your life/work balance? Body, mind, and soul weekly routine?
Lete: It’s interesting. I like working just as much as I like socializing so it is a weird complex. I am a huge person but a lot of the time I enjoy working or creating just as much or more than going to a party. A lot of people don’t understand that.
Lete: I run about 3-5 miles everyday, read the news, read a bible verse of the day, and do at least one spanish exercise EVERY day.
Tori: Do you say/write out affirmations?
Lete: Yes, I need to get in the grove of doing it more often though.
Tori: When was the last time you tried something new/ Stepped out of routine?
Lete: This week. I am not much of a cereal dater. I like to date one person and then have that person become my boyfriend but I am trying to put myself out there more and date around to see what kinds of guys and qualities I might like.
Tori: Favorite book that changed your life?
Lete: You are a Badass and the Four Agreements. Highly highly recommend the Four Agreements.
Tori: Do you think your gender gives you an advantage or disadvantage in today’s world?
Lete: This is tricky. I don’t think my gender necessarily helps but my looks help a lot more. There is such a thing as pretty privilege and I am fully aware of that.
Tori: Have you experienced different treatment from your peers of the opposite sex?
Lete: Hmmmm I’m kind of a guys girl or a “bro”, but even still i notice small discrepancies like how guys dab eachother up or only ask the guys to do certain activities together.
Tori: Thoughts on the glass ceiling?
Lete: It is exciting to smash it but sad that it is there to begin with.
Tori: What advice would you give your children/ future children about succeeding in a patriarchal society?
Lete: I mean I could write novels about this. I think it is important to be a strong example for my children and teach them through stories.
Tori: If you could talk to a young boy/girl from your hometown neighborhood who aspires to have your career/job/focus what would tell them? Advice.
Lete: JUST START! Do not worry about who might make fun of you, who might not believe in you, or who you might even lose in your life. Those that are meant to be there will support you through anything and be your biggest cheerleader. Before that though, you have to be your own biggest cheerleader. I don’t think I truly started getting any praise until about 3 years of putting in the work. Even from my parents… They didn't understand this whole social media and entertainment world.
Tori: Fun fact about you?
Lete: I’m trained in lightsaber combat.
Tori: Number one piece of advice you remember?
Lete: If you want something bad enough you’ll make it happen.
Tori: Anything else to add?
Lete: I am super pumped about a new podcast called Crypto Cast that I started with one of my friends that we take crypto newbies through the process of understanding crypto.
Tori: Anything coming up for you that you want to talk about?
Lete: Yes follow the pod on all podcast networks Crypto Cast and @cryptocastpod on IG.
Tori: Where can we find you online?
Lete: IG: @lillete
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