[00:00] Hello, what’s up, hey and good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Artemis podcast.
[00:07] Thank you all very much for joining me today. This is our very first podcast on our channel. I am so happy to be sharing this with you guys and I want to thank you all personally from the bottom of my heart for joining me today for this podcast. I hope you all enjoy it. Um, and so today were just going to talk a little bit about who I am and my story, my company, um, and what this podcast is kind of gonna be like as we move on. I promise I won’t ramble on for too long you guys talking about myself because that’s not why you’re here, but I wanted to go ahead and kind of do an introduction, tell you guys my story and just let you guys kind of get to know me a little bit better before we dive into all the issues we’re going to talk about along the way. So we’re going to talk about that today guys. Stay tuned.
[01:40] Alright guys, thanks for sticking around. So what did you guys think about that intro? I made it myself if you couldn’t already tell. So like I said, we’re going to talk a little bit about me and my story, my company and what, uh, what we’re doing here in this podcast.
[01:54] So a quick little intro about me. I’m currently 21 years old. I am a mechanical engineering student at the University of Alabama. I should be graduating in May if all goes well. Fingers crossed. So I will be graduating in May with my degree in mechanical engineering, my bachelor’s degree, and I started my company, the Artemis Company, we incorporated in 2017, but I originally got the idea for this company my freshman year, which was back in 2015. If you haven’t heard of my company and my business, the Artemis Company, essentially what it is, it’s a company dedicated to empowering women by offering a unique line of self defense tools that are catered to the female lifestyle. So what I’ve done is I’ve designed self-defence jewelry for women and taking women’s accessories like rings, bracelets, necklaces and so on, and combined them with common self defense tools so that women can have something fashionable and comfortable and something that makes them feel good about themselves that they can wear on a daily basis or especially if they go out with their friends in the evenings.
[02:55] And it also doubles as a safety mechanism to help keep themselves safe if a dangerous situation was to arise, guys. So that’s kind of a little bit about the company. Um, our website is on our profile here on Soundcloud. So check it out, take a look at everything that we have to offer. I have so many plans moving forward for this company. I want to expand it to so many more accessories than just jewelry. Um, I really want to, I have a, I have so many ideas for, for shoes, for handbags, for a million different types of accessories for women so we can just basically help women feel as safe as they can in their daily lives. So that’s a little bit about the company. You guys can check it out. The website is linked there so you can check that out. It is theartemiscompany.org that’s t h e a r t e m i s c o m p a n y . o r g.
[03:43] Check that out guys. Um, we also have a blog that we’re just now starting. We’re gunna post that every week, so I hope you guys will enjoy that content on there as well. And on the website you will also find these scripts for our podcast shows. So if you want to go back and read the notes or find any citations, you can find them there and that will be really helpful for you guys as well. So, a little bit more about me. Um, I told you guys that I’m a student here at the University of Alabama. I’m originally from Florida, the Destin, Florida area, specifically Fort Walton beach. That’s where I went to high school. It’s basically kind of the area grew up around the most. Both of my parents are in the military or my dad just retired. Um, so we moved around quite a lot when I was growing up and that was a really interesting experience for me and I, I didn’t as much enjoy it when I was younger, but now that I am older, I appreciate the depth of my experiences that I had while I was moving.
[04:36] I didn’t know that I want it to be an entrepreneur when I first started this whole thing and I had the idea my freshman year, um, when I was in high school, I went through a sexual assault, and that very, very deeply changed my core being as a person. It changed who I was and it really changed the way that I viewed the world. And for a very long time I found myself very depressed and dealing with a lot of internal struggles and guilt and frustration and anger about everything that happened. And it took me about four or five years to actually get to a place where I could forgive what happened and accept it and move on. And when I got to that place, it was around my freshman year of college. When I had this idea. I wanted to take what I had been through and use it in a positive way to help other people.
[05:21] Because I knew that what I had been through is not nearly as terrible as a lot of women have experienced. And it’s not even close to as bad as it can get. And I didn’t want anyone to have to go through that kind of a struggle. I know how hard it was for me and I know that what I experienced wasn’t even as bad as it can get, like I said, and I didn’t want anyone to have to experience that and go through that. And I wanted to try and help as many people prevent that from happening to them and also to be an advocate and a resource for people that have been through this so they know that they’re not alone in that they, have people they can talk to them, places that they can go and they don’t have to be ashamed of what they’ve been through.
[05:59] They can be empowered and they can be proud of who they are and their story and they don’t have to feel ashamed and guilty for it. So that’s kind of why I wanted to create this business. I got the idea when I was walking home to my dorm on campus one night, it was really late at night and I was walking by myself through is really large open area on campus towards my dorm. And I was the only one around and I had always had emails sent to me from the university police department sending us emails about any crimes that had occurred in the area to be aware of so that we could try and keep ourselves safe. And I always knew that this kind of stuff occurred around campus and so I carried a can of pepper spray with me. Like most women do a good amount of women carry pepper spray on their keys or in their purse.
[06:41] But I was walking down the sidewalk and I realized, you know, if someone came up to me right now, like they often do in the police reports that I see in the emails, would I be able to defend myself? What would I do? And that’s when I really thought about it. I was like, well, my pepper spray is in the back of my backpack. I can’t even reach it. So I stopped. I took my backpack down and I took the pepper spray out. I even went as far as put my finger underneath the safety latch and I held it there just so that I could be as close to prepared as possible if someone was to come up to me because I did not want to be one of those people in the police reports, so I was walking down the sidewalk towards my dorm and you know, again, I was like, well, if someone came up to me, you know, how would the whole thing go down?
[07:18] What would I do because I want to be prepared in case something does happen because you have to be mentally prepared for these things, which most people aren’t because it’s not a common thing to just prepare yourself for. And I thought about it and I was like, you know what? I don’t even know. I’ve never shot pepper spray before. I don’t know how far this thing shoots. I don’t know if it’s more of a spray or a jet stream. I don’t know. I have no clue. I don’t know how much pressure is in this can and if it’s gonna shoot far enough or if I’m going to aim correctly. I’ve never done that before, so, and as I was reading on the pepper spray can I found out my, my pepper spray was actually expired and I didn’t even know pepper spray expired. So all of this goes to say that I realized that even the self defense tools that are out there, and I’m not knocking on them, but the ones that are out there, they don’t necessarily make sense for women.
[08:05] And let me tell you why I didn’t think that this made sense for most women because I know a lot of young girls that would go out, they would go to the bars or clubs with their friends. Um, they would go out to dinner anywhere. They would go. Typically they don’t carry a purse with them, especially if they’re going out with their friends on the town going out socially. A lot of times they’ll just bring maybe their phone and their keys or maybe their phone and their wallet. They don’t necessarily carry a large purse with them. And even if they do carry a purse with them, if they did have like a taser or pepper spray, it will probably be buried at the bottom of their purse. So if something bad was to happen they may not be able to get to it in time or get to it at all.
[08:42] So that’s when I realized that women needed some sort of self defense tool that can really be there when they need it and that they can feel confident that they can protect themselves if the need arises and they can wear this every day and it won’t stand out. It won’t be bulky, it won’t look menacing, they can wear it and feel good and feel like they are capable of protecting themselves. And that’s when I had the idea of combining it with accessories and self-defense jewelry. I do have a small background in self-defense. When I was younger I used to take hapkido classes with my dad. My Dad has continued it on and has since gotten his third degree black belt in hapkido. And I’m very proud of him for that. And he has also put a lot of input into these things and helped me test out the feasibility of these products to make sure they actually would be effective.
[09:26] And as I was designing them I kept in mind a lot of the common situations that they would prepare us for in these hub Quito classes. And I also kept them on the fact that women are not as strong as men and a lot of people using these products may not have any self \-defense experience or background at all. And I didn’t want anyone to have to have that because a lot of people don’t know the techniques required in self-defense. So I wanted to make this stuff really easy. I wanted to make it something that doesn’t require any setup to use, it doesn’t have any safety latches, you don’t have to reach for it. It’s right there when you need it on your person. And that’s how I got the idea for the jewelry. And as time went on I had these ideas and they were really cool.
[10:03] And at the time I was working at 3D printing lab on campus. And like I said, I’m a mechanical engineering major and I had taken classes and had a lot of experience in 3D CAD drawing software. So I started 3D sketching these products, the ideas that I had on my computer. I started to create some prototype ideas and it was just kind of an idea that I had for a couple of years and I just worked on it on and off. And then one day I just, it just hit me that I needed to make this happen. This was a good idea and I needed to actually turn it into a business. I had always watched Shark Tank, it was one of my favorite shows and I saw all these people that would be on there and they were talking about how they just had this idea and they started this company from scratch and it just seemed so unattainable and so hard to do.
[10:46] And I was like, you know what? That’s incredible. And I knew that I had this great idea and I wanted to bring it out to the world and I felt like I was doing an injustice to everyone, not to share it with everyone. So that’s when I decided I was going to make it happen. So I started taking some classes at college in entrepreneurship. I started getting more involved in the entrepreneurial community here in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I really have so many amazing connections that I’ve made that, and amazing professional entrepreneurs that have helped me and advised me along the way and I could not be more thankful to them, to everyone that’s helped me out of their own kindness and out of the kindness of their heart. I could not be more appreciative because this company really started from passion of helping women and empowering women and helping people prevent bad things from happening to them that I know how horrible it is to go through and to have people that have no financial investment in the company at all, offer their help and their time and experience to help me make this successful is more than I could ever ask.
[11:44] Because it means so much to me to see this stuff actually get out there and to see people affected by it. I get comments from people and messages from people all the time, all over social media saying this is great idea and thanking you for doing this and that and they appreciate that. I’m sharing my story and I think it’s really important to talk about this kind of stuff because I know when I was going through that period of time after my assault that I really struggled with avoiding even thinking about it or talking about it and I felt ashamed of it as if it was something bad in my history that I didn’t want anyone to know about. When in reality it wasn’t my fault and even though I may have known that in some part of my brain, I still felt embarrassed about it. Like if it ever came up in a job interview, I would be embarrassed if it ever came up when I was just meeting someone new I would be embarrassed.
[12:28] And it wasn’t something I wanted anyone to know. Even though it wasn’t like I did something wrong. So I didn’t want other people to feel that way and it’s a terrible, terrible thing. It’s not a fun conversation to have, but it’s a necessary one and I think the silence surrounding these issues is breeding more and more of these instances and I think that as talking about it in just bringing it out in the open and acknowledging it and publicly rejecting it makes a whole lot of difference in our society and in the way that people think about it in everyone’s mindset subconsciously. So that’s why I wanted to talk about this kind of stuff and help people understand and educate and inspire. That’s really all I want to do. So that’s what I’ve been doing with this company. That’s how it kind of came about and that’s a little bit about me and just kind of my background story.
[13:14] I don’t want to keep you guys too long on this podcast because I don’t really like talking about myself. I’m not that interesting, but I did want to do a quick little introduction and let you guys know kind of who I am, so I’m not just some mysterious voice floating around in your speakers. I also do want to tell you guys this podcast, is going to be mainly focused around issues that women face. It’s going to be focused around empowering women. It’s going to be focused around talking and starting a conversation about things in society that affect women and how we can maybe change them for the better, but this is not in any way going to be some man hating podcast. This is not going to be a rant from a feminazis. This is not something dramatic and exhausting like that. That’s not at all what this is.
[13:55] I really want this to be an inclusive podcast and open platform just for conversation. Um, we’re going to talk about some issues. I’m going to say what I think on it and what I found and then we’re going to open it up for conversation on our website and on our instagram and our twitter and we’re going to talk about this kind of stuff because I want to hear from you guys. I want to know what you guys’ thoughts on these issues are. I really want to know some other sides to it and maybe some things I didn’t even think about and we can all learn some things together. I will be posting these podcasts every Monday to kind of start out your week and one thing I’m going to add to each podcast is a motivational, inspirational, fun little song of the week at the end of each podcast. It’s just a song that I’ve picked out that I think is inspiring that I think that a good message and just a good song to start your week out with to make you feel good.
[14:40] So that’s kind of what you can expect from these podcasts. They’re probably going to be anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes long, so not anything crazy. Something you can listen to on your way to work in the morning or on a break at lunch and I hope you guys give me some feedback. Let me know on our website. You can message me on Instagram, on facebook or twitter. Let me know if you have any things you want me to talk about. Let me know if there’s any way you want me to bring on. We’re going to do guests on the show as well, so it’s really going to. I’m really excited to do this for you guys and to bring this into the new year for our company, so check it out. So subscribe to our podcast channel here, guys, and all of our social media. It’s all at the top of our website, the Artemis company dot Org, which is also on our Soundcloud account. Subscribe, follow us, share it with your friends and I can’t wait to talk to you guys some more. I’ll see you next Monday and I will leave you with the first inspirational song of the week and this week we’re going to have Pan!c At the Disco’s High Hopes. It’s a very popular song on the radio right now and I really, really resonate with that message and I really loved the lyrics in the song, so we’re going to listen to that one now. You guys have a good rest of your week. Piece.