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.
Astrology means a lot of different things to many people but for those you go deep into what it all means they agree that it allows a level of introspection that many of us wouldn’t do daily in the same way. Tati Petkovic founded her astrology line Moon Sign Supplies to connect people to their signs in a way that was easy to incorporate into every day life. From totes to phone cases, there’s a playful nature that Tati explores with each design and she describes the process as revisiting play with crayons and energetic colours.
In this conversation we talk about getting to know your sign and what that means about how you perceive yourself, the people pleasing nature of certain signs such as Libra but on a more complex level something that seems to apply to most women and whether it’s really a good idea to look at sign compatibility when you’re now starting dating someone new.
Marketing, many brands often try and place budget cuts in this area when looking to save but your copy is everything. Bianca Foti is a copyeditor and helps business refine and elevate their content through her business Next Edition Copy. In this episode we talk about how we are all products of our environment, and through these experiences we learn our true passions. How as freelancers we must be accountable for our work, it’s not the clients fault when you fall short and this what may appear obvious point can be forgotten in the day to day minutiae.
Getting ahead in the world of freelancing is no easy task, Bianca gives tips on how to walk into your creative business on your own terms. Knowing your identity and how to use that scale up and engage.
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.