CEO of ISLP, The InkSpot, LLC
Dear Pennies & Pens,
Let's start with my business bio first. My name is LoudPen and I am a Creative Entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience.
As CEO of ISLP, The InkSpot, LLC, I use many different pens to ink the page. I am a Lifestyle Blogger, Writer, Poet, Editor, Author, Photographer, Fashion Designer, Songwriter, Content Producer, Stylist and Creative Director.
On a day to day basis, I am usually writing books, blog posts, designing T-Shirts, processing customer orders, producing original content, as well as shooting then editing photos and video. Simply put, I am always inking the page.
Now let's have some fun. It’s almost impossible to determine when my inktastic journey began. Growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, I was inking the page before I ever became LoudPen.
As a child and teenager, I never shared my ink with anyone. It wasn’t until I was in college at Hampton University that I inked my brand name, LoudPen. The name LoudPen comes from the fact that I talk loud and like pens.
After graduating from Hampton University with a BA in English, I did what pretty much every creative does: which is -- move to NYC. While in NYC, I grew up and tasted the first ink of struggle.
With $1200 rent in a fourth floor walkup, I didn’t have many pennies. I did however have a ton of jobs all of which I worked just to pay bills.
My side ink - blogging - proved to be my true love. In 2010, I got my first big break after attending New York Fashion Week.
I was invited to attend and cover Style.uz Art Week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan by The Fund Forum of Arts & Culture Uzbekistan. After returning to NYC, I started a now defunct agency and started working with clients to provide marketing and PR.
But after five years in NYC, I was tired of having no ink for my page. My bills were so high that there was never -- literally NEVER any pennies left to invest in my business.
So I took my ink to Houston, Texas in 2013. But since it takes 30 minutes to get everywhere and isn’t ink-pretty, I moved to Dallas in 2015.
Dallas had/has everything I was looking for - an affordable cost of living, delicious Vegan food, two major airports, cool people, original art and so much more. Since touching down in Dallas, I have been living an ink-fabulous life.
I founded ISLP in 2015 after publishing my first book, #MakeUrPenLoud: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger. In 2020, I established ISLP, The InkSpot, LLC as an LLC in Texas.
Since then, I've published two more books The Loudest Pen Ever and The Pen Planner. Furthermore, I produced two travel guides Cruising thru Cali and Chillin in Chi-Town. Lastly, I designed Pennies & Pens, a collection of organic cotton T-Shirts.
And so, I am still on my journey to ink the life I've always wanted. I am a girl from Ohio based in Texas with an accent that is somewhere between midwesterner, New Yorker, Southerner and Texan. Son, let me tell you. I like to kick the bobo, y'all.
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