Emily Williams - Texas Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination by Addison Schale Photography by Emily Williams, Addison Schale, & Tammy Williams Featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Emily Williams is inspiring to me because she is hard working, patient and always has a smile on her face. At the age of 17 Emily started her own boutique from the ground up called Ellie Mae. She has put in lots of late nights, money and many phone calls to create a business she has always dreamed of. She is working every day to grow her business so she can eventually make it a full-time job & create a brand out of it. She is only a senior in high school, trying to figure out where she wants to go to college, make good grades & run a business. She always seems to amaze me with her uplifting spirit and hard work. I think that’s pretty inspiring to me:)
When did you become interested in fashion and how did it turn into running your own boutique? I have always been interested in fashion since I was a little girl. The fun clothes and accessories have always fascinated me. I really began my fashion career my freshman year of high school. I began to find inspiration in older bloggers and that would inspire the style of my outfits. I was always the odd ball out because I didn’t wear a t-shirt and shorts to school like ninety percent of the girls. I dressed up as if I was going out to a nice restaurant. That’s what I love though. Like Coco Chanel said, “The World is your runway.” Every day is a day I can style an outfit and show it off to the world. Which, in the end, is my way of expressing my personality. How fun is that, that men and women can express who they are through styling clothes in different ways? I absolutely love it.
Taking it way back, Ellie Mae (my boutique) started with me bringing it up to my mom one day. I was very nervous because it was way out there. I worked at two boutiques prior to starting my own, and I realized I wanted to do that. So long story short, my mom agreed, and my dad invested. Then, we made a logo, set up a website, bought some clothes, took pictures, set up social media, and took a shot in the dark!
How do you maintain good grades while running the boutique & do you plan on running the boutique while attending college? This is a tough one for sure. Time management is the key to this one. I organize my time and set my priorities accordingly. Yes! I do plan on running the boutique while attending college. It’s a one woman show. I take the pictures, edit pictures, do the website designs/editing, all the marketing, shipping, buying new products, everything that goes into, I do (with help from my sweet mom). Regardless, I will be able to find a way to maintain it, especially since I have a passion for my boutique and everything that goes into it.
Do you plan on expanding the boutique? Yes, I do! I have long term goals for my boutique, and short term. Overall, it is a huge learning experience. Learning time management, service to others, professional manners, financial components, maintaining consistency, and much more.
What advice would you give to others who are interested in starting their own business?
I would say two things. One, never give up. I know it’s cliché, but doubt and discouragement will creep in whether you start one or are thinking about starting one. You have to look past that and remember you are doing what you love. Two, hard work will pay off sooner or later. It took five months before I could start seeing my hard work pay off. It seems like a long time, but once you can sit down and say to yourself, “I did that”, then it was definitely worthwhile.
Emily was featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Emily Williams – Ohio Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination and Photography by Memories by Tawnya Photography Featured in Issue 19 Inspiring Teens Magazine - Music
The Nomination: Emily was a huge help in leading her band this last summer into school year unexpected due to her teacher having a medical issue happen! Emily took on the role of helping her peers by leading and working with students that needed extra help. She also helped the assistant and sub teachers prep for band by getting materials ready. Emily did every task that landed in her lap. She even helped load and unload the bus before and after events and games. All this led to her astounding accomplishment of her as Field Commander. Emily also won the Outstanding Leadership Award. She is in School Musicals, Choir and the Art Club. Emily is also heavily involved with her church.
What happened for you to step into the leader role you received with music? My music teacher had planned surgery that lead to complications that were unexpected. She couldn’t be back in time, so she asked me if I could step in and be the Field Commander to help the fill-in director. We all worked together to make this past marching band season happen. My classmates and I continue to pray that our director will be able to return to doing what she loves. In the end, we are all there to make music, and be a family.
Tell us about the role of Field Commander position you had. A Field Commander is under the director but is the highest leadership position in the band. I started during percussion camp, sorting through music for all the underclassman's folders. I then went through band camp with my fellow peers. Typically, field commanders have their own camp where they learn to direct, but I crammed it in a couple days. Luckily, I had amazing directors that were there to help guide me along the way! Eventually, we got our whole show together, and would prepare for competitions. In between these, I'd painted a couple 8 ft. backdrops that are placed on the field for a show. I'd also help with minor things like fetching things for directors and getting rubber bands to kids (for their flip folders.)
How did you become a role model by helping your peers who needed extra help? The first day of band camp, all of us seniors introduced ourselves to the under classmen to make them feel comfortable. We all knew what it was like being the new kid on the first day, and we just wanted them to feel accepted. Anytime a kid would need help, I would try to help them to the best of my ability. I helped teach kids the fundamentals of marching. Most people think it's not that hard to do, but they've never had to make sure they have a good posture, rolling their feet, carrying an instrument, and trying to play at the same time. Some kids would get frustrated, but I'd encourage them to keep at it.
What is the Marching Band Award you have won? It was an award given to me by my director my junior year of high school (2017-2018). This award goes to the marcher who never settles and is willing to do what it takes to help the band succeed. I think I've won it because I strive to show that our Class C band can march as good as any Class B or A band. Yes, those bands are big, but they don't have the strong family connection a small band like ours has. We treat each other like family, and family we stay.
What are some of the activities you are involved with at your church? I enjoy helping people doing work for the kingdom. I'm involved in our church’s youth group and the Sunday school. For Sunday school, I help with the 4 and 5-year-olds and love contributing to both. I love teaching little kids about the Lord and His great love for them. Seeing their smiling faces each week brings me indescribable joy.
Emily will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!