This London-born entrepreneur went from scrubbing pots to running three businesses before the age of 30

INSPIRATION: Entrepreneur Medina Sam-King

INSPIRATION: Entrepreneur Medina King-Sam

MEET 29-YEAR-OLD Medina King-Sam, one of the first black children’s interior designers based in London.

With over seven years of experience in the Interior Design profession she has built a client base of successful professionals across London and Surrey.

Though Medina has a thriving business today, things haven’t always been so good.

During a period of unemployment, she was offered a ‘managerial role’ job at the takeaway restaurant of an old acquaintance.

The role consisted of serving food, cleaning the front of house, and washing the large pots that were used to cook the various dishes.

One evening as Medina scrubbed the pots, she felt so overwhelmed and frustrated with my life.

“As tears ran down my face, I thought to myself ‘this is not what I went through university for’.”

While working at the restaurant she also started assisting interior stylist and art directors, to get more experience in the sector.

She soon found a sales assistant role at a leading furniture retailer where she pitched her personal interior design service, however, this was later rejected.

This gave her the motivation to start planning for MK Kids Interiors and she I took a leap of faith, left her sales assistant role to work night shifts on a zero hours contract to work on her business idea and the rest as they say is history.

Besides MK Kids Interiors, Medina, who a is graduate of the renowned University of Arts London where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Design, creates and sells still life and abstract oil paintings as well as hand-made nursery décor such as garlands, mobiles, rugs or storage baskets. She so runs a successful property maintenance business.

As a young black woman in business, the Hackney-born entrepreneur is determined “to make a difference by showing that neither race nor gender should hold anyone back from following their dreams”.

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