Name: Kate Bagoy
Creative Industry that you are in: Business Coaching for Creatives + Design
Years in Business: 10
Favorite Food: Cheeeeeese
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Best music (singer or group): Third Eye Blind
A pet peeve you have: When groups walk 4-across on the sidewalk, not allowing you to pass
Name something that brings you joy: Being in nature, travel, dipping my toes in the ocean
In 3 words, how would a friend describe you? Joyful, Driven, Inspiring
to the heart talk...
If you had to choose an animal to represent you, which would you choose and why?
A flamingo. Typically a quiet bird unless it's in a flock, but it's not afraid to standout.
What is the passion behind your business? We know all businesses have heart behind them, but in what ways does your business give you purpose?
My personal mission is to inspire and empower people to lead lives by design, not default, and to assist in the creation of 1000 women lead companies. I love to help liberate people from their self-made prisons.
How do you measure your own success? When will you know when you have "made it"?
I've "made it" from a life perspective because I've learned how to be happy through even the hardest of times. I'll feel I've made it in my business when I'm able to hire a team that mostly replaces me and I'm financially free (personally).
As an introvert in the creative industry, what has been the most difficult for you in growing your business? Have you made any adjustments to work through this difficulty?
I had to do a lot of work to get ready to be seen via Facebook lives, video, live events and speaking engagements. I have to work a little harder than extroverts at managing my time and energy levels - but when you're on a mission to change the world, you run through walls to fulfill your purpose.
What do you excel in as an introvert owning a business? When did you realize that this is a strength in your business?
I LOVE to read and learn, and this becomes knowledge that I get to pass on to my clients and work into my business. I'm also really great at listening and allowing people to feel heard, which is good for a coach. :)
Can you talk about a time you felt out-of-place? What thoughts went through your mind and what was the outcome of the situation?
At the beginning of this year, I started traveling with a group of 75 digital nomads on a 12-month itinerary. It became clear to me as we progressed through the trip that I wasn't getting what I needed out of the program and I decided to leave. It was hard to give up on the idea of an amazing year abroad, but it's important to recognize when things don't suit us and let them go for better opportunities.
What have you learned about yourself in this business process so far? What goals do you have for your personal growth in the next 5 years?
What haven't I learned about myself! I think I keep learning that I don't know what I don't know... and there is always a next level. Always.
What tip would you give other introverted creatives who are looking to make meaningful connections with others? (Ya know, beyond the small talk) :)
Add value wherever you go. You don't have to be the loudest person in the room to be the most important or most appreciated. Focus on creating value for the people in your life, your network and your business.
What is one pieces of advice that you would give creatives in how to find purpose and balance in their life and business? How has this advice played out in your own life and business?
The best piece of advice I can give a creative entrepreneur is to realize you are a BUSINESS not an artist. So often creatives put up a portfolio or a show and "hope" that someone will buy their art or services, when they need to be marketing themselves as solutions. You do not have to choose between creativity and profitability - but you have to learn to sell yourself.