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Tina Wells

Did you always want to run your own company? If you weren't a CEO of your own marketing company, what else might you be doing?

No! I actually wanted to be a fashion writer for a teen magazine, and I started out in business as a reporter for the New Girl Times. I have a degree in Journalism from Hood College. I'm also fascinated by other cultures and in another life, I'd be a linguist. My ideal job would be working for the U.N.

Were you intimidated being so young and starting your own business? Did you and do you still run into clients who doubt that someone so young can deliver what they are looking for?

I was too young and naive to be intimidated! It's ideal to believe that everyone will love you and be rooting for you to succeed. I love to say "the proof is in the pudding," and regardless of age, we deliver results.

Where do you go for inspiration to keep it all going? Who are some women who inspire you?

I am really inspired by the women in my family - especially my mother and grandmother. I also love women like Rachel Zoe, Jane Buckingham, and Faith Popcorn. And, of course, love Oprah. She's so grounded and inspirational. She's not caught up in glitz and glamour even though she's utterly fabulous. She still connects to people and she's so real. That's real success - making it all the way to the top and maintaining your sense of self.

Was starting your own company your biggest dare in life? Would you say it is your greatest achievement?

Yes, it definitely was. My greatest achievement was maintaining my company through college. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of tears, but I made it through in four years just like everyone else.

What advice would you give to other Daring Females who have ideas for starting their own business?

Go with your gut. If you really believe in something, you have to go for it. Don't listen to what anyone else says. You have to be strong and just keep pushing. Remember that everyone is someone important. Treat everyone you encounter with respect and dignity. Also, realize the importance of education and keep on learning. I read, read, read everyday. I love learning more and more about youth culture.

Check out www.buzzmg.com to learn more about Tina and her company, Buzz Marketing Group.

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