“My motivation is from being born and raised in the ‘hood (East New York area of Brooklyn),” The multi-talented entrepreneur said in an interview with Black Enterprise. “Every day, you had examples of what not to be. Every day you saw people bite the dust. Seeing that made me realize that I didn’t want to be a statistic. I always wanted more for myself. I also have parents who are still happily married who taught us the game, so I guess I am passing along what I learned.”
Smalls acknowledges that although her book was the move that launched it all, her role on Chili’s show made the difference.
“After I got the role as the relationship adviser on the show, my writing career went through the roof, and I received a healthy book deal with a huge publishing company, HarperCollins. As far as popularity from the show in general, it has definitely made me a household name,” she said. I was still living in my hometown when the first season came out, and I had to move. People were following me home asking me to find them a man. It was crazy, but I love the love people have shown me since the show. It allowed me to meet many great people, and for that alone, I am thankful.”
In addition to all of her newest ventures, Smalls has also published a new book, “Men Love Abuse: The Guide to Losing the Nice Girl Image & Getting the Man You Want.”
“My latest book is off the chain! I can’t even lie to you. It is funny, endearing, and most of all honest. It is a book that lets women know that the less you sweat or stress a man, the better off you will be when it comes down to this thing called love,” she said to Black Enterprise.
“I come from a friend perspective, so I believe that helps people embrace the advice more.”
It’s no surprise that Smalls days are fully packed, she notes that she wakes from late nights to check emails, eight social media pages, proofread her work, check on the boutique and in between all of the work, she makes sure she finds time to take care of her fiancé. Despite all of the stress from business ventures and her full days, Smalls says she loves what she does, especially inspiring women looking for successful relationships.
“I love to encourage and empower women because I am a woman, and one day I will have a daughter, and it will be my job as her mother to teach her what she should and shouldn’t accept from a man or in life. I take that role as a love coach very serious,” she said. “I’d like to say I am the queen of self-esteem because if you have self-esteem, everything else will work out for you personally and professionally. You have to believe in yourself first.
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