The Design Queen
We’re singing to Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen ( if don’t know this song, then you really need to examine your life …lol)
I’m like hey what’s up , hello…
She my Design Queen,
Let her flow with those branded logo’s
( Yeah I’m going to stick to my day-job, I’m not a rapper)
I took a while to get a name for this blog post!
I’m under the weather and my creativity is on SLEEP! But it’s time to WAKE IT UP! WAKE IT UP! Listen to my good ole Fetty Wap and guess what…. Instant Creativity and Blog name 🙂
You know when they used to say , women don’t know what they want?
Well that’s a BIG LIE!
That’s the vibe I got from Cassia, she knows what she wants and is going after what she wants! HARDDDD
Being a mommy #hustler ain’t easy…..
You see when you guys go to bed, we get to worry about what we’re packing for lunch tomorrow AND if we replied to that customer!
But this creative designer, is designing her life….. into that of a DESIGN QUEEN
I’m super proud that she’s taken flight!
SOAR baby girl, they can’t come for you….. bout to snatch those fonts and overlays…..
Now for the interview…..
Let’s see what she says shall we?
Can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
Hi, my name is Cassia Marina and I am the owner of CDB design studio that specializes in visual brand identity and custom wedding stationery.
Why did you decide to get into business?
I decided to go into business out of a desire of wanting to own my own business since a young age. I am a creative and having to work within these set hours of 9-5 or 8-4 felt suffocating as well as being a creative you just have ideas and you want to create and build on the ideas that come to you and make money doing that. I always have been working on entrepreneurship projects even though they have changed over the years but it always fell under graphic design for the most part besides the time when I was selling accessories. The other factor was need, I always seemed to have to be home to either care for my grandmother and then after she passed away I was now a mother with a young child and then a second one on the way. And with the second one on the way it was pretty pointless going to job interviews because we all know how that will go.
What is one secret of the trade, that you are in that you will like to share with our readers?
One secret of the trade is to keep doing and persevering. ( Great advice again, these folks be LITT)
What is the best advice you would give to a young entrepreneur, who wants to get into business?
I would tell them to be very certain of their long term vision and most importantly their WHY for getting into business. Business is not for the faint of heart and you will need a STRONG WHY to keep pushing. You also will need to come armed with a bucket load of passion. ( I always, always love hearing these answers, always insightful)
How do you balance your entrepreneur life and social life?
lol well as a mother I don’t have much of a social life anyway, so social media and WhatsApp is what it is for me right now. Though I am socializing more lately because as an entrepreneur you cannot stay isolated for too long hence you become out of touch with the world and interaction brings ideas and stirs up the creative process. ( Somebody take Cassia out, I should follow my own advice, December for sure, we pumping)
Where do you see yourself in five years? Re : Business
In 5 years I see myself earning a set amount of money in my business actively and having all my bills paid on passive income aspects of the business. I also see my business providing opportunities to travel fairly often because of having business relationships and clients outside of where I currently reside. ( So where we going Cassia? Maldives, Greece, don’t forget yuh girl)
Name three things that your business has taught you.
Three things my business has taught me are:
- You need to have a plan, nothing too intense but at least a 3mth plan that is constantly being adjusted to suit the latest trends and the social climate
- It has taught me that getting out of your comfort zone is essential
- You need to have a source of support, constant motivation and business besties it will help keep you to stay the course.
( I’m going to link another post about this soon, I have storiiiiiiessss ….)
Can you tell us one fun fact about you?
LOL ok one fun fact….hmmm I love sing and dancing in the mirror still ( Ah mean who doesn’t? )
What keeps you motivated, on the rough days, how do you keep pressing on?
What keeps me motivated is many different things. Its important to have many different go to’s to stay motivated because the same thing over and over loses its motivational effect. Listening to Business Coach Adanna’s videos, my accountant Letetia is VERY motivating, MUSIC, ohhhh music! When I need that extra push to get some work done and I really am not in the creative mood, music! And sometime you just need to move through the emotions, take a few hours, watch a movie, sip on some wine or I “run away” from the kids, the house and go sit and eat icecream or a frap and be ALONE with my thoughts or a great podcast. ( Adanna another LITT one, STAY WOKE folks)
What is the top mistake you have made in your business?
My top mistake is not doing, believe it or not I wish I did alot more alot sooner. I procrastinated and let fear stay in the way. I had very limiting beliefs for myself and my business. ( Tell FEAR she …… Ok Ok, I’ll keep it pg 13, but you get what I mean)
How can some-one get in contact with you re: your services?
Someone can get in contact with me by:
So I guess Cassia and I have lots in common, mompreneur and using music to get you through your roughhhh, flu filled, baby stressing days.
I wonder if she’s a Fetty Wap fan? Hmmmmmmm…….
During the month of November there is going to be lots of specials and prizes in honour of Global Entrepreneurship Week!
So please keep reading
With love and hustle