Each week we highlight entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry for our viewers to learn more about the leading cannabis executives of our time.
This week, we highlight Sophie Felix, Owner of HBM Talent & Management. HBM Talent & Management is an exclusive talent and management company that manages professional talent to become trained and educated on the amazing health benefits of CBD oil. HBM talent travels the country to attend the largest cannabis events to sell and educate others on the healthy benefits of using CBD infused products. Sophie Felix has proven empowering her talent with the education of cannabis provides a successful future along with a purpose driven career for her company and clients in the cannabis industry.
In our interview with Sophie, we asked a variety of questions to gain further insight into being a cannabis entrepreneur.
First off Sophie, congratulations on being featured as this week’s entrepreneur of the week! First off, Sophie, I would love to learn more about HBM Talent and Management?
Sophie Felix: Of course! HBM talent and management are trained and experienced in working at cannabis events such as High Times Cannabis Cup, Hemp Con music festivals and cosmetic and wellness conventions that feature RX Canna Care CBD infused skin care products. My team and I work closely with partners, like RX Canna Care to ensure the community and public are aware of the healthy benefits of including CBD infused products into your lifestyle.
I have seen RX Canna Care, can you share some more info about that company?
Sophie Felix: Yes, RX Canna Care produces CBD infused lotions, scrubs, creams and anti aging skin care products called Canna Cosmetics which are all natural and all organic. RX Canna Care and Canna Cosmetics is founded by Twompson P.
Wow, with all the cannabis and wellness events out there, I am sure that is keeping you and your team very busy. So what actually ignited you to take the leap and launch HBM Talent and Management?
Sophie Felix: My idea evolved when my friend Twompson P of RX Canna Care and also known as Cali Crop Doc decided to go after his dreams of business ownership. When he was blessed with the opportunity to get RX Canna Care funded he also gave me the opportunity to pursue my dreams of rebranding HBM Talent & Management by investing in my own goals and becoming CEO of my company HBM. It’s the best feeling when you can work on your business goals with someone you can also call your best friend.
Who is your role model?
Sophie Felix: My role model is Linda Van Kessler she is the founder of Passion 4 KIDS charity and my first mentor. She empowered me with education on obtaining sponsorships, challenging me to use my business skills to help others and having faith in me. The time I spent with her and lessons I learned have changed my life. She is unstoppable.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Sophie Felix: Develop a business plan and profit and loss. Ensure you have enough capital to achieve everything needed for your company. Have faith in yourself and don’t let anyone F^%k with you.
If you could talk to one person in history who would it be and why?
Sophie Felix: Cleopatra because I love history and I felt she was a very powerful, strategic and educated business woman.
How do you stay balanced?
Sophie Felix: I work on my charity work often I am San Diego Chapter President of America’s Children of Fallen Heroes. I also help support Baby Izaiah Wallis who was featured on the Dr. Phil Show. And I love reading my spiritual books and spend alone time in deep meditation. I love to eat so once in a while I plan and enjoy my tea parties and dinner parties as well.
What is the best piece of advice you would like to give our readers who are looking to launch a business in the cannabis industry?
Sophie Felix: Do your research and education on the market. Invest in pursuing to get the best cannabis lawyers and experts to assist as well so that you are in compliance and up to date on the cannabis laws in your state.
What’s the hardest part about founding and launching a startup?
Sophie Felix: Building a team that is as passionate and has the same work ethic as you. Also balancing your work schedule and overcoming your fear is very important. When you face your fears head on and overcome them it’s amazing how things start to happen. Not everyone will have your passion or vision and that’s okay!
Is there anything that surprised you about being an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry?
Sophie Felix: Yes, absolutely! I was relieved at how well I am being embraced. I feel at the beginning I was somewhat nervous on if other professionals would judge me or think I was doing something that may affect my image. However, it quite the opposite. I have received positive feedback from people all over the country and my grandmother even calls me to bring her RX Canna Care products. As a female entrepreneur, I feel it has also empowered me and established more respect for me as a businesswoman within the industry.
Being a founder, we are bound to make a mistake or two, what was one mistake you made that turned into the biggest learning lesson?
Sophie Felix: We all will definitely make a few mistakes along this journey. I feel I burned myself out a few times in the beginning by not developing a proper health and wellness plan for myself. I used to literally work non-stop. Now I put myself first and maintain a healthy lifestyle in all aspects mentally, spiritually and physically.
What book has inspired you the most?
Sophie Felix: The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren
Excluding yours, what business do you admire most?
Sophie Felix: There are many. That’s a very hard question to choose one business. However, I admire other female business owners that I personally know who have chosen to chase their dreams and became successful: Belvin Media, Teresa Maria Wedding and Events, SoulLace Jewelry, Stephanie Sullivan from Pay It Forward Media, my friend Karen Rueno and Adelia Carrillo from DCN. I also deeply respect all the ladies and fellow Latina Entrepreneurs at the National Latina Business Women’s Association in San Diego and Los Angeles.
How can we as an industry continue to make a positive difference in society?
Sophie Felix: We can and will continue to make a positive difference my supporting each other by educating and referring resources to others in society. I strongly feel many people in our society are simply not educated in the very healthy options cannabis provides and ultimately many lives will be dramatically changed in a positive way when further education is shared on a larger scale.
Thank you, Sophie! It was so lovely being able to feature you as this week’s entrepreneur of the week. Is there anything we missed that you would like to share with our readers?
Sophie Felix: Thank you to DCN for bringing the spotlight on the most important topics within the cannabis industry. I greatly appreciate all the resources and support you provide for entrepreneurs and others in the cannabis industry. You are amazing!
To learn more about Sophie and HBM Talent and Management, you can go to www.hbmtalent.com