A few years ago I was fired from my job as a financial advisor at a creative agency. Soon after that, I went through a rough divorce. I was depressed, I was disheartened and I knew that I needed a serious change....
I have often questioned my decision to pursue art full-time, but never once considered quitting... If it is a slow month I question all of my life choices but once things pick up again (which they always do) my confidence comes back and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. - Deanna First
I think putting a little bit of pressure on yourself is a good thing but I do suffer from octopus arms (trying to grab everything and do everything all at once.) - Leila Stead
I honestly believe looking back that maybe my millinery passion saved my life and that without my beautiful family and friends to support and encourage me, it would be a very different story.
I honestly felt like I had failed when I had to walk away from my swimwear brand. I had no one to relate to, no stories from anyone on this subject - who wants to talk about failure?
I MET BEE ABOUT 9 YEARS AGO, in New York City. It was one of my very first trips to NY before I made the move over, & a mutual friend of ours was hosting an intimate dinner for me in New Yorks hip Lower East Side at a restaurant called Gemma on the Bowery, to introduce me to media & social girls. The goal to introduce them all to the SAMANTHA WILLS Brand. I felt like I’d been invited to sit at the cool girls table, among the 12 guests were Lindsay Lohan, Chrissie Miller… and Bee Shapiro.
Over time I developed a strong desire to create something that would help and support working women. It grew within me. I wanted to build a business of service solutions for working women, to help them save time.
I think even if people don’t have a plan, they need to know enough about what they are doing to know whether the view is worth the climb.
'I am the WRONG person to look to for balance. I haven’t found it so if you do, please call me right away!'