I want to constantly remind entrepreneurs:
You’re not alone. Keep going. Failure is normal. You’ve got this.
After years of working as a high fashion model, I dove into the world of tech and began working as an Associate for Launchpad, a top startup accelerator in Southern California. At Launchpad, I was surrounded by inspiring founders and learned a ton about what it takes to launch a startup. I soon combined my expertise from the fashion industry, my entrepreneurial spirit and my business know-how to launch my company, WearAway. WearAway is the first platform to connect industry professionals with industry rental vendors and top emerging brands. We are venture backed by leading investors and we’ve had the pleasure of working with top clients including; Law & Order SVU, The Americans, Power, The Goldfinch movie, Maybelline, Lyft, Project Runway, L’Officiel Magazine, PopSugar, etc.-- not to mention numerous bloggers and influencers.
When it comes to business, I truly believe in being honest and transparent. It's okay to struggle or fail and it's even better to talk about it so that you and others can learn from your experience. When people lean into challenges rather than letting obstacles stop them, they build resilience and become ready for the next big thing. I created the podcast, Stairway to CEO, so that I could share those real, unscripted, untold stories about how other founders climbed their way to the top, tripping on a stair or two (or three!) along the way.
I genuinely believe people can make their big dreams happen but it takes a lot of perseverance and hard work… trust me, I know. You must be willing to go after what you want, face rejection numerous times and get back up when you’ve been knocked down. I’ve always been able to see a path through any obstacle and believe a “no” is really just a disguise for “not yet”.
I’m completely self-taught with the help of a ton of books, Google searches, surrounding myself with go-getters who have a lot of wisdom to offer, and just plain, grinding it out.