For Ali Landry, entering show business was a result of chance and circumstance rather than the obvious bottom line. After all, it’s not often that a former Miss Louisiana and Miss USA enters the pageant world to garner career connections rather than the usual crowning glory. With her infectious charm and laid-back joie de vive, Landry—a small-town girl from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana—became a household name first as the Doritos spokeswoman and 1998 Super Bowl heartthrob, and later with her recurring roles in “Felicity,” “Two Guys and a Girl,” “Sunset Beach,” and “Popular.” Accustomed to juggling many hats, she also hosted the music-talk show “Farm Club.com,” NBC’s “Spy TV,” “Full Frontal Fashion” on WE, which led to her first Times Square billboard, “Fashion Wraps” on TV Guide Network and numerous other shows. But it wasn’t enough. After becoming a wife and mother, Landry wanted more. First she created and executive produced her very first television show, “Hollywood Moms’ Night”; the unscripted series featured Alison Sweeney and Landry on the TV Guide Network, which was based on the real-life moms club she, Sweeney and friends including Lisa Rinna, Nancy O’Dell, Tori Spelling, Brooke Burke, Candace Cameron Bure, Kyle Richards and Denise Richards had founded. She is also the founder of Favored.by, a mobile app that makes discovering and sharing baby products fun and easy by focusing on your ultimate favorite products; a Cliff’s Notes for products, if you will. Her company, along with Step2, are presenting the 5th annual Red Carpet Safety Event this Saturday, which will benefit Celebrate the Military Child. Here, this model and actress turned businesswoman shares the wisdom she’s learned in her mission to become a successful tech entrepreneur.
ALI LANDRY SHARES 5 TIPS ON HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL TECH ENTREPRENEUR
- Be passionate about your idea!
- Make sure there is a practical need in the marketplace.
- Find a good team and mentors.
- Perserverance! Dont let obstacles get in your way. Dont let a “no” discourage you. Its ok to pivot or change course as long as you stay focused on the main goal.
- Have an exit plan.