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Samyouel Stephen

Pepela Ltd
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Theatre, Education and Event Production

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
My music teacher at high school, she has the drive and determination I wished to inherit. Her ability to break the mould and push boundaries was an inspiring and motivation move for me, and something I use in my professional and personal life now.
What is the best thing about being your own boss?
I get to create anything that I think is possible and give others an opportunity to get involved.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
I was at a piano bar with my family and friends at our local restaurant in Houston, Texas I was encouraged by everyone to get up and sing, I did and after I had $50 in tips.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Staff , finding the right people who I can rely on and trust to pass on my enthusiasm and energy.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
I have a strong network of people who I now see as friends who keep me on my toes and support me constantly.
What is the one thing you are most proud of?
To keep going against all the odds and not giving in.
Favourite quote or mantra that you use?
Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
A first stop shop for all entertainment needs.
If you could give your ‘teenage self’ one piece of advice, what would it be?
‘Sit down and listen, your time will come.’
If you could have any one person on your business contact list, who would that person be and why?
I think at this point I have all the right people around me to succeed.