theStitch.com is teaming up with Microsoft and a host of dynamic women leaders in the St. Louis community to present an innovative and interactive workshop series designed to empower high school girls to embrace their own beauty while giving them the opportunity to delve into technology.
In honor of this new project we’re showcasing interviews with these inspiring women, but for this interview we thought it would be fun to talk to Glenn Reigelman, Glennmade Studios and SOCIALmade Media, who has been a supporter of theStitch right from the beginning!
Glenn Reigelman, the founder and managing director of Glennmade Films LLC is building a film and capturing heartfelt moments for theStitch’s EYOB Workshops and was behind the production of our moving video, called “Who is Beautiful?”
In an effort to see beauty in life through his own lens, Glenn believes young women should see their inner glory and not judge themselves by the media’s narrow standards of beauty. By looking into himself and finding that personal beauty, his balance built the foundation of who he is today. He fervently believes that once a person discovers their inner light, they become more compassionate and can accomplish anything they set out to do. “Self-love builds the confidence that is the foundation of successful growth,” Reigelman said. “You have to love who you are and share that love with others to connect and develop quality relationships in life.”
In the interview below, Reigelman talks about the change society needs to make regarding mainstream beauty standards and how, with a strong sense of self-love and confidence, young women can nurture their dreams and shoot for the stars.
Q: What made you decide to be a part of this project?
A: Beauty is mislabeled in our society as something to achieve when it is already a part of everyone. This series will help brush away the social stigma and allow our youth to see their innate beauty, which makes them unique, not a variable level of media standards.
Q: What motivated you to start your own business?
A: I saw an opportunity to grow as a person and wanted to help others see the beauty in life through the lens. By going out on your own, you can define yourself on your own terms. This was my needed path. For me, it was something that works toward the greater good of other individuals and small businesses through media development. I win by helping others prosper. The Stitch allows me to help smart women see their true reflection.
Q: Why do you think it’s important for young girls to have self-love, how have you been able to get that for yourself, and how has it helped you become the women you’ve become today?
A: Self-love builds the confidence that is the foundation of successful growth. You have to love who you are and share that love with others to connect and develop quality relationships in life. No one wins alone. Lend a hand and you will always help yourself in return.
Q: Any advice for teen girls interested in starting their own business?
A: Develop your product or skill and get some experience you can lean on to show what you can do when called to do so. People may like you, however, quality work opens the door to the emotional purchase response. Have a solid product and sales pitch, then NETWORK everywhere you can! Connections open doors and just having your name out there can go a long way. Social media marketing is digital networking. Do it! Being top of mind is halfway there.
Glenn Reigelman, thank you for the interview. It’s going to be great working with you!
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