Lauren Gill founded Studio Five, and advertising/marketing agency in Barbados at only 21. Freshly back from her years studying abroad and working at an established agency in London she came back for love, one that was kept alive over years of long distance and had reached the point of deciding what was next. The cogs were all moving so quickly, starting a business from scratch and finally living in the same place as her partner they navigated most of the unknown together. Lauren talks about how her partner helped her become who she is, how the relationships modelled around her impacted her and the challenges she’s faced as a young entrepreneur and the expectations she puts on herself. Despite not being someone to experience imposter syndrome she explains that certain doubts can slowly build up and that even succesful entrepreneurs sometimes ask for help.
The journey to becoming an artist, to using your creative drive to establish oneself and make a living is no easy task and Rosalie shares her own struggles and victories finally landing into floral arrangement for intimate weddings and working with teams of women that spark joy. She explains her own feelings of shortcoming at not hitting the milestones she’d expected for herself early on but how her perseverance to find her own niche essentially paid off. The art game can be a lot os schmoozing and endlessly networking but when you find the right supportive time, it can all start to feel like it flows seamlessly and jobs fill you with a sense of excitement.
Antonia Fifi is a fashion blogger and designer, originally from Trinidad and Tobago she studied in Toronto for several year and has recently moved back with her family. Antonia, aka Toni, founded her retail line Maison Fifi back in 2009 and takes us through what that journey has been like and what it means now that she is a mother and recently relocated from the Caribbean.
This episode is all about navigating family and business, and sometimes how decisions we make for our family are hard on our business. Antonia get’s honest about the anxiety of starting over but that being a mother has challenged her in ways she couldn’t have predicted. Her children come first.
Happy to call Toronto home but always identifying as West Indian and acknowledging that in her style.