Name: Rebecca Nash-Emerson
Creative Industry that you are in: Photography
Years in Business: September will be 8 years
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Color: Tough call - always used to be blue. Still love it but there are just so many pastels I am loving plus light grey, love light grey
Favorite Drink: Hot Chocolate - it's a like a hug
Best music (singer or group): I have eclectic tastes - right now I'm back to crushing on Alicia Keys
A pet peeve you have: Socks in sandals
Name something that brings you joy: Supporting others in the good times and bad times
In 3 words, how would a friend describe you? Caring, Creative, Strong
To the heart talk...
If you had to choose an animal to represent you, which would you choose and why?
Dolphins - just always been drawn to them and to the sea
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?
Giving to others. Helping them celebrate themselves and their special moments. Helping them to see the strength and beauty others see in them. Helping them to love and respect themselves.
How do you measure your own success? When will you know when you have "made it"?
When I can serve clients at a high level that has them walking taller with a big smile on their face when they walk out my door and have that business support my family both financially and in the time it allows me to have for them.
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?
Oh gosh - marketing and sales. I suck at promoting myself. If I am doing it for someone else, representing their businesses, I can put myself out there with enthusiasm because I want to help them but when it comes to my business - I'm a bit of a wall flower but I'm working through it. I'm also working on talking to my current clients about how much their recommendation and referral means to me.
What do you excel in as an introvert owning a business? When did you realize that this is a strength in your business?
I am great with people one on one. I have passion, I truly care about other peoples stories, and if I can spend time with them one on one (or even small groups) in consultations, sessions, and reveals.
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?
Networking events - I felt completely awkward and terrified when I walked in to my first networking event. I didn't know how to introduce myself when everyone seemed to already be in groups. I was certain that people would think I was rude or that I didn't belong if I tried to join them. I ended up bee lining it to the food and drink line and ended up striking up conversation with those beside me.
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?
I am stronger than I know. I am my biggest critic and then some. I have an inner perfectionist (and an inner bully too). In the next 5 years, I want to... - step out of my comfort zone and start speaking/teaching in the areas of photography, business, and self value too. My first two talks are coming up at a conference on August 13th - leave my day job and work my photography business full time with 2 portrait shoots or 1 wedding per week (I don't want to be too busy - I want to focus on the experience and service I offer to really make a difference)
What tip would you give other introverted creatives who are looking to make meaningful connections with others? (Ya know, beyond the small talk) :)
Ask questions - real questions with real interest. What do you do? What do you love most about it? What are you working on next? (personally or professionally) What do you do for fun outside of work?
What is one piece 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?
I will say just one thing... "Balance does not mean giving the same amount of time to everything, it's about finding the right amount of time for each thing. And know that it will change from time to time too."
Connect with Rebecca...
Facebook: Rebecca Nash Photography