Today we’d like to introduce you to Za’terriun Bolden.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Za’terriun. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started off in a cell for a crime I committed, got charged in November 2011 got convicted in May 2012 received six years deferred. When I got released, I went back to school (Houston Can Academy Hobby) and got my G.E.D. About 2 to 3 weeks after graduation, they locked me back up for a violation that was false. When I went to take a random drug test, I didn’t have an I.D and on the walls, it’s signs hanging that say “no i.d no UA” so I left and got on the metro and went home. My probation officer called and said you know when you leave without taking it, it’s automatically considered dirty so I got back on the bus the same day and went up there and passed the UA but since I left they still violated me for it and I went back to jail for eight months this time around.
So I get out and struggle with adjusting to getting a job, problems with my mom, didn’t know how I was gone pay all the probation fees and was diagnosed with a mood disorder. All that weighing on me, I attempted suicide in November of 2013. Was admitted into St Joseph hospital for like 4/5 days and got out and just tried to find a way. So I finally landed a job at McDonald’s and things started to change. I had a lil money coming in now so I continued to work hard and moved up to crew trainer then to manager in training but then I got fired from there for making a joke at one of the managers after she made one at me so I lost my temper and police and security was called so that was “they reason” for having to let me go.
So I land a job at smash burger like a week after that and stayed there for a month before Walgreens called me and asked was I still interested in a manager position started at 11.85/hr being 19 and coming from 8.50/hr I took it and left smash burger. Been there ever since and still to this day. So while working at Walgreens, I got kicked out of my mama house and was staying in hotels and friend’s houses for about two months, then I finally saved enough to get me an apartment. Once I got stables and situated I started doing things that I wanted to do so I started doing neighborhood clean-ups, giving to homeless, doing events, clubs, and just always putting things together but then I took a break from it and sat back and watch everybody that I be around try to reach their goals and I always wanted to help so I started networking a lot and meeting different people and came up with the platform The Wave 2020. Which is a platform that shines a light on entrepreneurs that’s trying to get to that next level and now I’m here.
What were some of the main challenges that had the biggest impact on your story?
Child abuse, Sexual abuse, Incarceration, Suicide, Mental issues.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Wave 2020 – what should we know?
My business is a platform/ team that recognizes people potential and the team that’s up under The Wave 2020 are models, artists, photographers, MUAs, Event planners, Promoters, and Influencers. So we trying to show everybody instead of competing we all can be under one roof and win. So we putting together events and contents for other entrepreneurs so that their craft can reach people that they don’t know.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being able to live with no responsibilities just school, basketball, football, and the friends around me.
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