b&b182 Karen Okonkwo, co-founder of Tonl, on the importance of including POC in stock photography #DDJA

Welcome to the Dead Day Job Army, a monthly Brunch & Budget series where entrepreneurs and freelancers of Color share their stories and talk about the real.
It’s not easy to start your own business and it’s even harder when it feels like you have to explain to your family what you do every time you see them, when you walk into an event and can count on one hand the PoC in the room, when you try to ask for what you’re worth, but don’t want to get passed over for the next person. We ask folks to leave their shiny pictures and Instagram highlights at the door and tell us what it’s really like to do the work, put in the time, and devote your life to your work.

Today we have Karen Okonkwo, co-founder of Tonl, a stock photography company which features people of color and minorities. She talked to us about what caused her to begin the company, and what the process was like.

Check out Tonl at tonl.co

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Music featured in this episode:

Omo Naija by Magugu
Repatriate Your Dollars by Nai-Jah
Ballot or the Gun by TONE 7