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#GoingBold :: Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration

Bold & Pop :: #Going Bold Feature with Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration

Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I went to school for illustration and began my career by interning at Target headquarters, illustrating my first published children's book, and illustrating for local magazines while still in school. I've always loved hand lettering, patterns, travel and drawing! Since then my work has been used for print ads, editorials, books, stationery products, & textiles. 

I also have a passion for teaching. Helping others find and express the creativity that resides inside of them is at the core of what brings me joy. I began teaching when I left my first job out of school and fell in love with it. I teach workshops and speak about creativity at events and online and I have been teaching college illustration and design courses for 8 years. Currently I am an instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Bold & Pop :: #Going Bold Feature with Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration
 
Bold & Pop :: #Going Bold Feature with Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration
 

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

  • Getting my first job out of college - I was hired for my dream job...creating fun patterns and illustrations for Target products

  • Getting some of my first freelance illustration jobs - getting paid to do what I love for large companies like Frito Lay and the Denver Post...what a dream!

  • Teaching my first class and beginning other workshops - I realized that teaching is a natural gift of mine! I love it and I'm damn good at it!

  • Discovering my Creative Voice through intuitive painting - I started going down the rabbit hole of how to teach the creative process

  • Creating packaging for Seattle Chocolates - a terrific company to have a relationship with... woman owned and local!

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the #GoingBold community?: 

I love to encourage everyone to follow their curiosity and find their own unique Creative Voice! I believe everyone has a unique way that they can share their creativity with the world and that we can get in touch with our intuition which is very powerful!

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#GoingBold :: Allana Taranto of Modern Muse Boudoir

Bold & Pop #GoingBold Feature :: Allana Taranto of Modern Muse Boudoir

Allana Taranto | Modern Muse Boudoir

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Like many of us, I have a long and complex relationship to my body. While my rational side knows that the extra softening features, as my partner calls them, and cellulite has never actually stopped me from living my life, I do have to access that rational side on the regular because I am, like many of us are, in a continual state of comparison which is so damaging for our self esteem. 

Remember the first time you become aware of your body not fitting into what other people think it should be or not conforming to an external expectation? Yeah, those memories are embedded deeply. 

I got into boudoir and intimate portraits through my wedding clients. A few wanted to do some images before they put on their wedding dresses as a gift to their spouse. Bridal boudoir sessions are really fun and I still enjoy working photographing them. And eventually I came realize that the intimate portrait clients I treasured the most were doing it for themselves to celebrate their health; physical, emotional, spiritual. It was more of an internal milestone than an external one. When we are in a place of love and gratitude towards our bodies - that’s the ideal time to really see yourself. 

So, what happens in a Modern Muse session? We create and hold a space that is affirming to who you are and we capture you there. I have worked hard to build an inclusive and sex positive boutique boudoir studio that is affirming. It’s not about transforming you. It’s about coaching you to remember and recognize your true self and ultimately revel in your own magic. 

I know this is not for everyone, but can you imagine how good would it feel to look at images of yourself and LOVE them?

 
Bold & Pop #GoingBold Feature :: Allana Taranto of Modern Muse Boudoir
 

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

If I can help people see themselves with kindness and with love - the way other people see them - then I know that I have done my job well. 

response from client after her reveal - 

"I'm crying good tears. The entire experience was empowering in so many ways.

I'm at the point now where I have a profound understanding of myself yet I still have so much left to explore and understand. Coming out has been empowering for me and has allowed me to capture so much of a life I didn't fathom to be possible. I have lived with a shadow for most of my life and it wasn't until recently was I able to integrate it into my life and learn to accept and love it. I anticipated this being a journey of self-reflection and empowerment. 

I cried over this image for a while last night and it's creating the same emotional response after seeing it again. I honestly never saw myself as any of that until yesterday. I'm still in shock that the person in those pictures is me. "

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Tenacity. Kindness. Continual reflection. More tenacity!

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 #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#GoingBold :: Shana Dewitt: Coach, Designer and Podcaster

Bold & Pop: #GoingBold Feature with  Shana Dewitt: Coach, Designer and Podcaster
Bold & Pop: #GoingBold Feature with  Shana Dewitt: Coach, Designer and Podcaster

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I am an entrepreneur with a dream and a vision just like you! After 5 years as an Art Director and Lead User Interface Designer for a fortune 100 company, I took my side hustle, Tipsy Studio, full-time. I traded in my glass office, heels, and commute for t-shirts and the sounds of my children. I spent the next four years building my own business and working with entrepreneurs to help them launch and grow their business. I practiced all of the marketing and design skills I used working for big companies and applied them to business for solopreneurs. You can find me most days working in my home office sans makeup just like this drinking Le Croix and talking shop with my business partner Josie.

Getting where I am today took some time and it wasn’t easy. I had to learn what it really meant to be an entrepreneur.

It’s letting feelings of being a fraud, not being good enough, and comparison hold you back. It’s trying to balance your life with the work you do and navigating stages of hustle and flow. It’s figuring out how to stabilize your income and do the work while wearing so many hats. Most importantly is knowing how to shift and change.

Being an entrepreneur is a journey with a winding road.

When I started my business, I offered branding and web design. That first year I worked with some amazing companies like Anthropologie and Pirouline. Then, I decided that I wanted to work with only creative entrepreneurs. I spent the next year perfecting my systems and processes. Along the way, I figured out my favorite clients were often not creatives. So, I shifted again to focus on just entrepreneurs. I started spending a lot of time actually coaching clients on marketing strategies and helping them stay positive and motivated during our work together. Once I realized how much I loved sharing what I know, I began speaking and teaching and later developed my own online courses. 

Finally, I had to face the facts. Design wasn’t the thing that really lit me up. Developing strategies, systems, and process to market and grow business that fit people’s unique vision is what I really love to do. Talking to entrepreneurs about who they are and how to build a business around their values and how they want to live is my passion. This is how I can truly help people.

So here we are!

Today, I help women create a business that stands out and supports the kind of life they want to have today. I have over 14 years of experience in creating brands for international companies and entrepreneurs. My process combines my tried and true methods, plus an intuitive approach, to get to the heart of your brand and your vision for your business.

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

Leaving a solid job to start your own business is the boldest move you can make!

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Know that the journey you are own is it's own training to get to where you want to be. You have to lean into it and give yourself grace with the knowledge that everything that is happening is for you.

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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 #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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