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#BoldBossTribe :: Carla Balzano of Creative Contour by Carla

Bold & Pop :  #BoldBossTribe  Feature with Carla Balzano of Creative Contour by Carla
Bold & Pop :  #BoldBossTribe  Feature with Carla Balzano of Creative Contour by Carla

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I’ve always loved makeup! From a very young age I was playing with my mom's makeup all the way from the 1980's. As I grew up, she would buy me makeup kits from the drug store. Little did she know, she was nurturing a love for a career as a makeup artist.

In middle and high school, you would see me rocking every color eyeshadow known to woman. In high school I learned that you can indeed have a career as a makeup artist and decided that one day I would pursue it!

After college, I became a licensed esthetician and certified makeup artist. For the first 4 years of my career, I worked under another makeup artist. I started as an assistant and worked my way up to senior artist.

In my fifth year, I decided to start Creative Contour by Carla. I LOVE my job! It is so much fun to play with all the different colors of makeup and make every client feel their most beautiful! 2019 is my second year in business and I cannot wait to see what is to come.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

One of my biggest bold boss moments was finishing my first year in business with a profit!

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

Never give up on your dreams, ever! You never know when they will come true! Also, hard work pays off. I wouldn't have finishing my first year in business with a profit without hard work!

Also, believe it or not: don't be afraid to network! I used to be super super shy. This year I pushed myself to start networking and have met so many wonderful folks! Also, I have met so many makeup artists who have proven to be very helpful and have given me so much advice!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Caitlyn Lunsford of Caitlyn Lunsford Photography

Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Caitlyn Lunsford of Caitlyn Lunsford Photography
Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Caitlyn Lunsford of Caitlyn Lunsford Photography
Bold & Pop :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Caitlyn Lunsford of Caitlyn Lunsford Photography

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Hey! I'm Caitlyn, a brand and family photographer here to help make life a little bit easier while spreading joy and encouragement with my artistic abilities! I wasn’t always the friendly and outgoing photographer I am today though. There was once a time when I avoided meeting someone new like the plague because of the anxiety it caused me. Yet, as soon as I picked up a camera in college, I knew this is what I was meant to do. Being the owner of a portrait photography business had been my dream for years, but it wasn't until early 2018 that officially started Caitlyn Lunsford Photography. I believe it ended up being the perfect career for me; I can create art, capture beautiful moments, and finally get outside my comfort zone to meet new, wonderful people.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

When I moved to Seattle from San Fransisco in June 2018, I could count the number of people I knew in the area on a single hand. Moving to a new state kind of makes finding clients difficult at first, but I have been determined to meet new people and make it work! I started going to networking groups and other places where I could meet people that I would potentially call my friends. If I told you this didn't make me incredibly uncomfortable, I would be lying, but I knew that if I wanted to cultivate a community in my new home, it was something I was going to have to do!

I believe magic happens outside of your comfort zone. If I didn't start going the networking groups and coffee dates, I wouldn't have realized so many creative entrepreneurs don’t have the time, energy, or experience to take the right photos for their brands. Because I forced myself out of my comfort zone, I adapted and now I get to help both families and small businesses share their stories through images that capture their incredible personalities.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

There are going to be times when life gets hard and you will feel like quitting. Ask yourself if being a Bold Boss is still worth it and if it is, keep moving forward! You've got this!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Phuong Mai of P.MAI

Bold & Pop #BoldBossTribe Feature with Founder Phuong Mai of P.MAI
Bold & Pop #BoldBossTribe Feature with Founder Phuong Mai of P.MAI

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Handbags are a pain—literally. But they don’t have to be. Here’s my story on how I decided to change that.

I started my career in management consulting. While it was an incredible learning experience, the job took a toll on me physically. Client visits meant I was living out of suitcase and racking up points like nobody’s business. I still remember the routine. On Mondays, I would head to the airport at an ungodly hour with several bags carrying everything I needed for the week. I’d lug my laptop and purse everywhere on one shoulder, working from the client site to my hotel room. Wash, rinse, and repeat. By Thursday night, I’d returned home with enough energy to lie comatose in my bed.

Needless to say, the physical stress on my body eventually caught up to me. The slight discomfort in my right shoulder I noticed early on grew into an excruciating pain. Exasperated, I visited my doctor who detected the uneven weight from my bags had misaligned my collarbone. She ordered me to switch to a backpack immediately for better weight distribution and to reduce the risk of pinch nerves on my one shoulder.

That doctor’s visit served as a wake-up call. No woman should ever have to sacrifice her health for fashion. I went straight to a department store to trade in my clunky laptop bag and purse for an accessory I thought I had resigned to my school days: a backpack. I was less than pleased with the options available. All the backpacks large enough to fit my laptop and personal items were extremely utilitarian and masculine, and all the fashionable backpacks were too small to fit my laptop. In the end, I could not find a single backpack that combined fashion with function, and had to settle for a sporty black unisex backpack.

Bold & Pop #BoldBossTribe Feature with Founder Phuong Mai of P.MAI

While I had to compromise (temporarily at least) my choice of accessory, I decided I could no longer compromise my health for my profession. I left my management consulting job and began working at a boutique strategy and design consulting firm. This experience taught me the power of design thinking and encouraged me to take the first steps towards designing the bag I wanted to buy: a fashionable, functional laptop bag for women. As I talked to more and more women about what they wanted in a bag, I realized that most shared my frustration. They realized their overweight handbags were causing strain on their bodies, but didn’t feel as though they had any other choice. This was when I knew there was a significant market need for the bag I wanted to design.

I eventually left my job and decided to take the leap to create my own brand with a simple philosophy: combine luxury and utility into products that inspire women to look and feel their best. I believe women should not have to sacrifice comfort for style. With the launch of P.MAI, we’re now giving women around the world the new option to carry a backpack worthy of the boardroom and runway. Nothing gives me more pleasure than hearing from customers, who have told me that they can’t imagine going back to a handbag now. To think that none of this would’ve been possible without my misaligned collarbone and the courage to lean in to create a bag that allows women to prioritize their own health is truly humbling.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

In terms of a bold boss moment, I do have a funny story. Being an entrepreneur means constantly putting yourself out there—even in the face of naysayers. Once, I saw Tyra Banks walking down the streets of San Francisco, down the block from where I used to lived. She was popping in and out of some shops and so I nervously followed her, waiting for the right moment to talk to her. As she was coming out of the store, I said, "Excuse me, Tyra?" and she immediately waved me off, not in a mean way, more like in a "half-sorry, I don't want to be bothered-way". While I felt shut down at first, I decided to persevere and confidently said "I designed this backpack and just want to know what you think!". She turned around, smiles, checked out the bag, and gave me two thumbs ups. It was a small moment that took a total of a few minutes—but it was a reminder to me that you have nothing to lose when you ask.

Starting my own business and getting recognized by media like TechCrunch has been one of my proudest achievements. 

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

The hardest part won’t be quitting your day job to make the entrepreneurial leap, but actually working hard to see your idea through—every day, hour by hour, through the doubts and setbacks. Learn to be ok with ambiguity. Lean into your strengths and ask for help in areas where you have gaps. Yes, it will probably take 3x as long and 3x as much as you expected. But if you’re solving a problem that you truly believe in, it will be worth it!

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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