real-talk: female entrepreneurship
I think I have always been fascinated with people who have started their own business. When I was little, my favorite games were pretending to own little shops that offered various quirky services. I remember quite clearly having my siblings play along with the fake menus I created in Microsoft Word for hours on end. I would use chalk on our driveway to draw towns, houses and store fronts where we each had our own little make-believe place of business.
Luckily, I grew up with parents who both started successful companies from the ground up. Since the age of 11, I knew how to run my mom's cash register at her fabric shop while helping customers find what they need. In college, I created an independent study in Design Entrepreneurism to feed my curiosity, followed by post-grad classes at SVA and General Assembly. And for the past couple of years, I've helped my dad design various brand collateral for his start-ups in the medical field.
In New York City, I have witnessed and learned more about people going off on their own to turn that dream into a reality. Yes, cheesy as it sounds, New York is a place (but, not the only place) where dreams are made of (insert sparkle emojis here with Alicia Keys voice playing in the background). However, that doesn't mean you have to leave an agency, company or business and start something on your own to have a fulfilling life.
I encourage you all to read Man Repeller's recent article about female entrepreneurism: Three CEO's on the Good, the Bad and the Advice. I've been a fan girl of Leandra Medine, Emily Weiss and Maggie Winter for quite some time now and really admired their honest opinions about running growing companies in the fashion industry.
Another great follow-up read can be found here.