Meet Kailyn Lowry
She was introduced to the world as a Teen Mom on MTV’s hit show, Teen Mom 2 in 2010. Quickly becoming a household favorite, I watched as she turned into an adult and raised her three hilarious and handsome sons. Navigating through life in the public eye, Kailyn is now an entrepreneur with multiple business ventures. These days she keeps busy with her boys, filming Teen Mom 2, her podcast Coffee Convos, writing books and her new line of CBD oil-infused hair products. And in the midst of her busy life, gave me the chance to interview her so we could get to know Kail behind the scenes, up close and personal and cutting out all the bullshit. This is one bad ass bitch, let me tell you!
What motto do you live by?
I don’t know if it’s a motto but my favorite quote is “She believed she could, so she did”, it’s the background on my phone.
Describe yourself in three words:
Mom, Driven and Business-minded (does that count as one or two words?)
Who is your role model?
I don’t know that I have a specific role model. I look up to and admire anyone with a story. I love hearing about people who truly self-motivate and make somethings out of nothings.
What’s the hardest part about sharing your life on tv?
People’s opinions. Tv makes things seem so easy or obvious – but the way tv works is that when there is only 5 minutes to tell someone’s story in an episode they have to edit & tell it in a way that makes sense to the viewers. So someone’s opinion may [not] be as relevant as they think. It’s not necessarily as it appears.
How have you used your exposure on Teen Mom to influence the lives of others?
I try really hard to encourage people to stay in school/go back to school or find a career path that they love. I love being a mom, I think I’m here to be a mother. However, I also think we should keep our own glasses full too, by doing things outside of motherhood. Women are capable of more than motherhood and marriage, if we want that.
What are your 5 tips to becoming a bad ass entrepreneur woman?
- Don’t stop. If you have an idea, go for it. Sounds cliché but I promise it makes sense. I get a lot of “I don’t know where to start” messages. And trust that I never know where to start either. But all the time we spend on our phones looking at other people’s social medias could be used for googling “how to…” info.
- WRITE SHIT DOWN. 9/10 times if I have an idea or goal I’m more likely to get it done if I wrote it down somewhere.
- Bounce ideas off other people but don’t let them make decisions for you. – 2/4 of my books, I went with covers that my friends liked more than I did and I regret it. I also took my ex’s opinion too much into consideration and never went through with a business idea.
- Surround yourself with likeminded people. “You are the company you keep” never really hit home for me until I found myself on Teen Mom, dropped out of college, and my friends weren’t really doing anything. I moved out of town and I realized I wanted to be around people who were motivated, whether in business, coaching or doing things they love… involved.
- Stop pitying yourself. When Teen mom started I would blame my circumstances and say it wasn’t fair that my friends all went away to college and I’m here knocked up because my mom and I were dealt shitty cards. Well, the harsh truth was I knew better, whether my parents were around or not. I could work my ass off and figure out a way to have a better life or I could sit here and be miserable about whatever I’m not doing.
What’s the smartest networking/business decision you’ve ever made?
Travel. You never know who you will meet or what you will see that could inspire you, be a good business connection, etc.
Advice you would give to your younger self?
Honestly, I would tell my younger self to suck it the F*** up and work harder. I really took responsibility of myself prior to getting pregnant. I would never encourage teen pregnancy or condone it, however it gave me the kick in the ass I needed to figure my life out.
Advice you would give to other young entrepreneur women that are on the road to success?
You can spend your time wishing, wondering and asking the what ifs. Do your research, save your money and just do it. Again, I realize this sounds cliché but reach out, look for answers. I would lose my mind and also not feel completely fulfilled in my life if I didn’t keep my mind busy. I’m always thinking about what’s next.
So what is next for you?
I recently started a haircare line infused with CBD oil. My launch party is this weekend, which I’m super excited and also nervous about. I would love to write a book about this…whether it’s a flop or a success, there is a lot to be said and learn from trying to start a business. Either way it goes, maybe my experience of trying will help someone else in their journey.
Interview by: Elyse Ares
Photographs taken by: @leahadkins_photo