I am excited to introduce you to 11 year old author, inspirational speaker, and kidpreneur Arianna Fox. She started her company, Big Ideas Kid Coaching as a way to inspire people of all ages to be successful. She is an energetic public speaker who has spoken to kids, teens, and adults at a variety of events. She is also the Jr. Marketing Director in her own family business, SPLASH DESIGNWORKS LLC and has taken on the title of ‘Social Samurai’. She publishes magazine articles and has written two books: one for kids called The Princess Chronicles: Not Your Average Princess, and an upcomng fiction book for teens and young adults called False Awakening.
Hi Arianna! I’m so excited to speak with you. To start, what are 3 fun facts about yourself?
I love making electronic dance/EDM music. I also work with my daddy, who also makes electronic music. Here’s the link to one of our electronic songs, Lucid. 2. Ever since I was very little, I’ve always used my imagination to its highest potential. I always made up pretend characters, and pretend movies, and pretend actors from those pretend movies. 3. I play a lot of fun online games and MMORPGs, including Pirate101 and The Aetherlight. I am extremely active on the Aetherlight’s forums, where the community shares writings, stories, role plays and even some incredible art. I’m a part of many of those role plays and I share a lot of stories on there.
That’s so cool, and making music with your dad is a great way to spend time together!
You’re passionate about inspiring people to follow their dreams, achieve their goals, and
become successful. Where does your passion and inspiration come from?
The passion to inspire has always been inside of me ever since I was very young. I wanted to help people for so, so, so long, but I just didn’t know how at the time. Now I do!
Imagine that we put you in a time machine, and when you came out you were 16 years old.
Who have you become? What are your goals and dreams for the future?
I probably would have (hopefully) published more books, and spoken to more kids, teens, tweens, adults and professionals. I plan on writing many, many more books, in all different kinds of genres.
That sounds like an excellent plan. What are some ways young people can inspire others and make a difference?
Influence. What I like to tell people in a lot of my speaking events is that there is positive influence and negative influence. Negative influence is something you have to avoid and overcome, while positive influence is something that is welcomed and encouraged. And that’s another thing – encouragement. Young people can inspire others by influencing them, encouraging them, supporting them, and just all around helping them to keep going.
There are a lot of teens out there who want to be successful, but they are surrounded by
negativity. Some have had difficult lives and it’s hard for them to believe that they can become
someone great. What would you say to them?
You only fail when you give up. I say this to a lot of different audiences in my speaking events. You only fail when you give up; mistakes are just a part of the journey. There’s this story I tell people a lot in my events about a man who walks by a herd of elephants and notices something peculiar: There are ropes tied around the elephants’ front legs, but the ropes aren’t tied to anything! No poles, no chains, no cages. The elephants could easily just walk away, but they don’t. So, the confused and curious man sees a trainer nearby and goes up to ask him about the elephants. The trainer told him that when the elephants are young, the trainer uses the same size of rope to tie them, and he ties it to a pole, and at that age, it’s enough to hold the elephants. The elephants struggle and struggle and try to break free, but they can’t. So, as they grow up, they’re used to believing that they can’t break free, and the trainer is able to untie the other end of the rope, and just the rope by itself is enough to make the elephants believe that they aren’t free, and are still stuck.
The truth is, some of us are much like these elephants. Just remember that you are free! You are truly free! You got this!
Wow, that is such a great story to share in response to that question! That is so very true. I love the quote that says “Life is 90% what happens to you, and 10% how you respond to it. When we go through hard things we have two choices – we can become bitter, angry, and give up; or we can use our experiences as stepping stones to overcome our obstacles and make us stronger. Hard times can beat us down and make us feel like we aren’t worth anything, and sometimes all it takes is for someone like you to say “you are free”.
So many young people have huge dreams and goals that could seriously change the world,
but they feel like they have to wait until they’re older to make it happen. They put their goals for
businesses, books, and other dreams on hold because they feel like they’re too young. Do you
have any advice for them?
Absolutely. I used to think that, too, when I was young. I used to want to be an author “when I grow up”. So many kids get asked the question of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, not “What do you want to become now?”. My advice is – don’t wait. Don’t wait until you grow up or grow older. That is the mentality we have been born in, but don’t wait. You can succeed now! If your dream is something that actually does require an age limit, then start the process of learning about it and learning how to do it now. Start the process! You Rock, Dream Big and You Got This!
I love that. I was one of those girls who had big dreams but thought that I had to wait until I got older. When I grew up, I got caught up in working jobs that didn’t always fit my passion. Now that I’m in my late 30’s, I’m finally going after what has been in my heart since I was a little girl. If I would’ve started back then, I would be so much further, and more fulfilled. I totally agree, start now.
How can a young person overcome fear of what others will think about them?
By knowing and understanding that it doesn’t matter what other people think. Whatever you aspire to do, there will always be the people who love and 100% support what you’re doing or going to do, and there will always be the people who hate and 100% do not support what you’re doing or going to do. Honestly, anything you’re doing in life… There will be those that love you and those that hate you; those that support you and those that don’t. You got this! It doesn’t matter what other people think.
Yep. Some people are going to hate you no matter what you do. That’s just a part of the process.
Do you have any favorite memories of inspiring others that you can share?
I think my favorite moment in one of my events was a moment I’ll never forget. It was at my very first speaking event at a daycare, and in my speech I did an activity called “Balloon Stomp”. The rules were to try to protect your own balloon while trying to stomp on others’ balloons. When everyone settled down, I explained why we did that activity. I explained that our balloons are like our dreams, and although we shouldn’t be “stomping” on others’ dreams, that we should protect our own dream from others trying to stomp on ours. And this one kid at the end that I had picked for an activity came up to me after the speech. And he let me know that he had never been picked for an activity before, and that was the first time he had been picked for activity. Not just that, but he held his balloon in his hand, and said, “I’m not going to let anyone stomp on my dream. I’m going to protect my dream.” I was so, SO touched. That was my favorite moment.
Aww. That’s so awesome that he learned that so young. Inspiring others is such a gift.
How have your parents played a role in motivating you and preparing you for success?
They have played the biggest roles I could imagine. They 100% support me and what I’m doing, whether authoring or inspirational speaking, and always offer motivation and encouragement. Not just that, but they are also sort of “booking agents”, hehe, by booking me at places and even marketing my books and availability for events on social media platforms and other methods of marketing. Actually, my parents own a graphic design and social media business called Splash Designworks, so they do a lot of my social media pictures, marketing and creatives. But it’s not just on the “external” side – they are also a HUGE help on the “internal” side as well. When I say “internal”, I mean the behind-the-scenes parts of memorization and preparation that not everyone sees. My parents help edit my script for what I’m going to say, and help me with my delivery on how I’m going to say it. I am so blessed to be in a family that 100% supports everything I aspire to do and achieve. I love my family.
Your family sounds wonderful. They are definitely doing an excellent job and I’m sure they’re all very proud of you. We are too. You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with us.
I hope you’re inspired to be successful and make your dreams come true. No matter how old you are, you can make a difference. You can achieve your goals. You can start your business. You can write a book. Whatever it is that you’d like to do, believe in yourself and you’re on your way to seeing it become real.