BBBY: What words best describe you?
Ms. Camay: Bold, Direct, Courageous Light in the World
BBBY: Who is one of the most inspirational women in your life? And why?
Ms. Camay: The most inspirational woman in my life is, by far, my Mother, Linda Lou who is resting in peace in Heaven. I watched my Mother survive many turbulent storms in her life, always walking out of the waves with poise, confidence and a renewed vision of purpose. I witnessed her resiliency and ability to shine in the darkness, always shining her light where she left no shadows.
BBBY: What was the inspiration for starting your own Business?
Ms. Camay: I was inspired to start my own business because I was told so many times in my life what I couldn’t do. I was always directed to minimize my voice and “who” I was in order to make other people feel more “comfortable” around me and I knew for a long time that many of my attributes would be a blessing to others. I wanted to make a difference for others by providing a safe platform where they too, could shine their light in the world!
BBBY: What is the mission behind your business?
Ms. Camay: The mission behind Ms. Camay International is to support organizations in entertainment and business, making a difference and impacting the world. MCI sponsors and supports non-profit organizations with a vision and purpose to improve the communities we live in, one person at a time. MCI’s Guiding Principles can be found here:
BBBY: What challenges did you face when starting your own business?
Ms. Camay: To be honest, there are daily challenges you face when you manage your own business! You have to be willing to face the challenges, expecting they will come. The secret is being well prepared and well versed in what you do in order to effectively handle those challenges. I am proud of the business professional I have grown to be, and it is through my challenges that continue to make me better.
BBBY: Do you have a life mission or inspirational quote that you live by?
Ms. Camay: WOW!!! What a question! My life mission is to become a wife and build an empire with my King that will encourage, empower and inspire people on a global platform.
BBBY: What inspires you to do what you do?
Ms. Camay: I am inspired to do the things I do because I know there is someone out there who needs to hear my story of strength and courage, or the story of strength and courage about another person through me. I remember being in elementary school and coming home after being teased about my weight and my Mother sitting me down and telling me, “one day you are going to be beyond beautiful and the kids teasing you now are going to listen to you later”.
BBBY: Tell us about a time in your life, where you felt most powerful as a woman.
Ms. Camay: I felt most powerful as a woman when I was able to walk out of a yearlong battle of being bullied in the workplace, give away all of my belongings, pack up my car and move to Las Vegas. I was “willing to lose it all to have everything.” At a time when I had nothing, it forced me to grow in my faith, which was carrying me at the time and it was then and only then, that I identified with “my power”.
BBBY: What has made you most proud and why?
Ms. Camay: I am most proud of my supernatural ability to survive a circumstance in my life (that threatened my life) and use it to build myself a solid foundation to stand on, which has become a pivotal platform for others.
BBBY: What's the most important lesson you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Ms. Camay: The most important lesson I have learned as an entrepreneur is that not everyone understands my vision and level of standards. I hold myself to a very high standard when it comes to being a business owner and many “business owners” are not business professionals.
BBBY: What are 3 tips you can share with aspiring entrepreneurs or someone ready to go after their dreams?
Do what nobody else is doing.
You have to be willing to stand on the mountain alone.
Maintain a high level of business practices and standards.
BBBY: Fill in the blank: I feel most empowered when I ______________.
Ms. Camay: I feel most empowered when I am able to empower others, making a difference and impacting the world!