Dominique Ellis is an entrepreneur based in New Orleans and owner Copy That Services, which offers marketing and social media management, public relations and event coordination. She has clients in both New Orleans and NYC. Her current clients include Broadway star/recording artist Bryan Fenkart, Apptitude, IHeartNOLA.com, The New Movement Improv Comedy Group, Delta Angel Restaurant and the City Acupuncture in NY. Dominique has lived in Louisiana most of her life. Since graduating from Loyola and starting her business, she is loving being back here.
Her hobby and passion is interior design, upcycling furniture and other items that some would think is trash. She spends her weekends going to garage sales and looking for treasure on a budget. She says she is working on turning that passion into a business as well.
What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?
I’ve recently added Apptitude, a local app development company, to my roster of clients for my company, Copy That Services, along with the Hell Yes Comedy festival. I love working with such diverse and interesting businesses and organizations here in New Orleans and helping them grow their brands through social media and new marketing tactics.
If you wrote a regular column for Silicon Bayou News what would it be about and what would you name it?
I am social media. Hear me roar.
If you were stuck on an elevator for two hours, what one person (dead or alive) would you choose to be stuck with?
Tim Burton. I’d love to live in his brain for a bit.
IYO, which institution is most due for disruption?
If you had to pick a drink to describe yourself (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would it be?
A Manhattan. But the good kind with rye and dark cherries.
Tell us about your biggest failure.
I had a lot of office jobs that were mind numbing before I started my own company. I kept thinking that I had to remain in jobs that were unfulfilling for a while before I could make my mark. It was so frustrating. Feeling like you’re not being used to your full potential is not productive. Once I was able to give myself permission not to think that way and allow myself the ability to craft what I wanted my career path to look like, things started to click. I just wish I’d clued into it sooner.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Having a bloody mary on my porch with my dog. Don’t underestimate the restorative powers of a good porch-sitting session.
If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Potatoes, any way you can make em. I love carbs.
If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?
Gothic Edinburgh seems nice.
What are you most excited about happening on the Silicon Bayou that you aren’t directly involved in?
I’m really loving what The Drink Show is doing lately. They’re blending locally flavored entertainment with social media outreach and doing some amazing new things with cross promotion. Plus the hosts, Kyle and Andrew, are hilarious.
The standard superpower dichotomy: