Winning in life has no other template than a sheer determination to win, and that is what Akil Victor has done for himself. Coming from the streets of Inglewood, California, his reality as a child is one that was only seen in movies. He experienced and partook in all the gritty activities that many people were scared of, and that lifestyle landed him into prison. His upbringing had little to no prospect of success, but Akil Victor refused to let his circumstances define him. Today, he is a novelist, a poet, an essayist, and the owner of Victor Media LLC, which houses a cell phone accessories brand.
Akil Victor’s eventual success did not come by accident. He spent the many years he was locked up developing himself. He always had a profound love for books and reading, and it became a part of him. While in prison, he wrote a series of short stories and eventually released a critically acclaimed Amazon bestseller She Rode the Bus. If anybody experienced a difficult childhood, Akil undoubtedly did. Growing up in an environment where it’s easy to write anyone off, going to prison, and then getting out to make something out of himself are feats that should be lauded.
He established his company, Victor Media LLC shortly after he was released from prison, and for some time, the company sold large wireless accessories before it started creating its own products through VT Media, the first black-owned wireless cell phone accessories brand. Akil’s motivation came from the tumultuous paths that he had to navigate as he grew up. He also felt the need to inspire other people who may be growing up in similar circumstances to his. “Excellence is possible no matter someone’s difficult upbringing or how rocky their story starts,” he says.
Victor Media LLC offers services and products that everyone can use, and for Akil Victor, he does not believe that he is in competition with anyone. In his words, “I’m the underdog. I am a product of my environment, and I chose to no longer be a statistic. I am the guy that you both root for and root against as I continually work to eradicate tragedies with triumph while being one of a kind in terms of ethnicity in my brand’s field.”
Despite all the difficulties Akil Victor faced as a child and as an adult, one thing he never lost was his foresight. The cell phone accessories industry barely had anyone putting their face behind the product. Victor Media LLC attempted to correct that by stepping in with Victor himself acting as the face of the brand. By doing so, he hopes communities made up of people like him can get inspired enough to find opportunities around them. All Victor wanted to do was build something significant that can serve as a legacy, even in his absence.
When asked about his five-year goal for the company, he says, “In five years’ time, VT Media would have grown to the level of a Fortune 500 company. I also hope to be a source of motivation for other upcoming entrepreneurs from the inner-city and the at-risk youth who feel there is no hope. And for anybody reading this, I want you to know that no one can count you out. Struggle builds character, especially when you understand that determination, hope, and hard work are your allies.”
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