Here at Counter Cultured, we profile young movers and shakers who are changing the political, cultural, and/or financial landscape for the better. Our generation is not as lazy, entitled, or self-serving as one would think. There are plenty of young conservatives and libertarians out there who are innovative, principled, and determined to enact positive change. We hope our interviews offer some glimmer of hope for a highly discounted and undervalued demographic.
Today we are profiling Alexandra Booze, an entrepreneurial Millennial and media relations specialist based in Washington, D.C. She and her friend Karen co-founded East Coast Contessas, a popular food and travel blog.
I first connected with Alexandra online a year ago given our shared mutual interests and connections here in D.C. (Don’t be afraid to connect with fellow counter cultural Millennials online or off-line, dear readers!) Our travels recently brought both of us to the Windy City, so we decided to meet up. There, we chatted about politics, food, and travel and became instant friends.
A native of Kentucky, Alexandra has demonstrated that Millennials can take their passions to great heights and even make a business out of it. Her blog has already amassed nearly 16,000 followers on Instagram and attracts decent engagement on Facebook. As a result of their blogging efforts reviewing dining establishments and hotels, many brands have approached the East Coast Contessas to partner with them.
Alexandra was kind enough to answer some questions from us. Check out her responses below!
Counter Cultured: You are a fairly successful young conservative professional in D.C. with a wildly popular up-and-coming food/travel blog called East Coast Contessas. What inspired you to launch it?
Alexandra Booze: I spend a majority of my time scouring the news, monitoring political developments, and writing for my media relations job, which I love, but I wanted to do something that provided me with a different kind of fulfillment – something less “wonky” and more engaging on a broader level. I thought that if I could combine the skill set I have acquired through my experience in communications and public relations with my passion for unique food experiences and adventurous travel, that it might turn out to be a successful endeavor. The pressures of living a city life can weigh heavy on a person at times, and I wanted to create a product that could serve as a fun, creative, and inspirational outlet not only for myself but for my customers (as I like to refer to them). In a little more than a year since officially launching www.EastCoastContessas.com
, we have welcomed more than 40,000 unique visitors to our site and have gained nearly 16,000 followers on Instagram. Of course, we always aim to increase those numbers, but I think we are off to a good start!
CC: It’s amazing to see how successful the blog is–especially on Instagram and Facebook. (I love your design and message, and know our readers will too!) What tips can you impart to other liberty-minded, counter cultured Millennials on how to be more entrepreneurial?
AB: I can’t stress this enough: never place limitations on yourself or your creativity! Always be open to new challenges, and if one door closes, open a window! Blogging in itself is not only personally fulfilling, but economically stimulating – a lot of people don’t realize this. I truly believe that young conservative and liberty-minded Millennials possess some of the strongest entrepreneurial spirits as well as the power to create the most impact if they maintain the mentality that hard work and integrity are rewarded in the end. By keeping the focus on local small businesses and other entrepreneurs who love what they do, blogging can help shape the economic landscape of communities, and ultimately be a part of something bigger than just sharing a photo of something beautiful on Instagram. Influence and inspiration go far beyond the content one shares on social media!
CC: Can foodies and travel enthusiasts get involved with East Coast Contessas? Do you welcome guest submissions?
AB: Accepting guest submissions is something my co-blogger and I have seriously considered, but have yet to implement. We are still trying to establish a solid reputation and grow our brand, but as soon as we feel like we have reached and exceeded those goals, we would certainly be open to guest bloggers. For people that would like to get involved with East Coast Contessas, the best way to do so is to follow our adventures on social media! Snapchat: eccontessas (we feature full length videos on here so our followers can get to know the work we do behind the camera a bit better!); Instagram: eastcoastcontessas; Facebook
: ; and Twitter: ECContessas. For anyone wanting restaurant or hotel recommendations, or to collaborate with us, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
. We also offer consulting services for other aspiring bloggers and entrepreneurs, and always welcome suggestions and ideas on ways to improve our messaging and expand our reach!