What is one of your biggest achievements to date?
Starting a business that combines my expertise and passion in the most authentic way possible. I am proud of managing a business that is transformative and gives me the opportunity to collaborate with multiple people in and out of the lighting industry, pushing the boundaries of creativity, inspiration, and communication.
Apart from the business, my biggest achievement is to have a strong network of people around me who care and are here to support, exchange ideas, and grow together.
What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced in your lighting career? How did you overcome this?
I always knew that one day I would start my own business, but I wasn’t planning to pursue it so early. At the beginning of 2020, I got an opportunity to explore the self-employed path, combining my design and communication roles in the way I was looking for. It was a leap of faith, where I was preparing myself to take on the risk with the worst-case scenario to step back and find full-time employment again.
I started my business a month before Covid hit, with plans to collaborate with various companies and build the business up. When this couldn’t happen, it was a really challenging time. To overcome this challenge, I had to adapt and grow by considering what it is that I really want to be doing and what I can offer as a business.
From this journey, I learned to be flexible and adaptable and remain focused on the big picture. I worked a lot and was close to burnout, but luckily, I managed to overcome this, creating a better balance and prioritisation of my business and personal life. Being a solopreneur is not an easy task, but today, after 3+ years running my own business, I wouldn’t change any part of this.
As Steve Jobs said, ‘You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards’. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.