Q: Tell me about yourself
A: Creative, dedicated, and kind I’ve always been on the quiet side. Never quite the center of attention, always listening to others, and trying my best to make people smile. I’m an introvert who has now found a love for building relationships with new connections, traveling to new places, and accepting new challenges that I never thought I would be taking on. My craft drives me to learn and try more, and the values instilled in me by my loving family guide me daily.
Q: Define a great leader. What are some traits you think great leaders posses?
A: I believe a great leader is someone who has the following traits: the ability to listen, the ability to see potential in individuals and opportunities, and the ability to work hard. By listening to their team, a great leader can identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as note client and potential customer needs and goals. By keeping an eye on the future, a great leader can lead and guide their team to the best possible outcomes while avoiding pitfalls and errors. Lastly, by working hard, they set a strong example for their team, inspiring each individual to do their best as well.
Q: How and why did you become an entrepreneur? Is it something you always intended for yourself?
A: I always knew I wanted to work in the arts. I’ve loved drawing since I was very small, and have studied art and music at ETSU. While learning these creative skills, I didn’t foresee that my path would lead me to become an entrepreneur. With the guidance of key mentors and colleagues, I realized that to bring my full potential to my clients, and myself, I would need to build a company to support my values, artistic direction, and future goals.
Q: What advice would you give young women that want to succeed in the workplace?
A: Never stop learning. If you can add new skills to your arsenal, learn about them and put them into practice. If you want to expand into a new department or field that you have interest in, find a mentor and ask all the questions. Read as much as you can, about your field of work and others that interest you. The more that you learn the more that you have to offer, and the stronger a person you become.
Q: How do you push through your worst times
A: It is no secret that the life of an entrepreneur can be challenging. During these tough times, I believe that keeping your sights locked on the following things are key: Your blessings in life. Being thankful for the things that are going well, the people that support you, and the accomplishments you’ve achieved. That, and remaining focused on the original goal, which in my case is to do great work with, and for, great people. With a heart of thankfulness and a focused mind, you can push through challenges that may arise.
Q: As a mentor to us all, what is one piece of advice you would give to readers?
A: Work as hard as you can toward your goal, then make time to rest. By balancing your work life with personal time to physically and mentally rest, spend with loved ones, and pursue personal interests, you stay fresh and motivated. This is what will make the difference in your long-term career.