How do you know if making a career change is right for you? Rebecca of Studio Plumb made the transition to interior design after working as a graphic designer for over 20 years. Rebecca is a firm believer that it is never too late to change your path in life and she shares with us how her life has changed since making her big career move.
1. How did you get started in your industry? What led to your passion for your career?
I’m very affected by my environment and I was one of those kids that rearranged her bedroom several times a year and always loved leafing through home magazines. I decided to pursue graphic design in college and the first 20 years of my career was spent as a designer in marketing and eventually running a creative agency.
2. What were some of the bigger challenges you experienced in getting started?
I made a huge life and career shift 3.5 years ago and left my company and much of my network and decided to pursue interior design. I was in my early forties taking classes at the community college and getting the nerve to announce my new venture but I had no idea what I was doing. I had a major inferiority complex (I still do), the typical imposter syndrome on top of a steep learning curve.
3. How has your life changed now that you’re pursuing your passion and living your dream?
So much has changed with my career, but I feel more myself than I ever have. I am working a lot, but my hobby and my career completely intersect so it doesn’t always feel that way. I have found a new community and built incredible friendships that I didn’t think was still possible to do at this point in my life. Even isolated as we are this year I feel incredibly connected.
4. What’s your favorite part about owning your own business/your career?
I don’t have to check with anyone before making a decision or trying something new. I am someone who likes to try new things (Enneagram 7) and am always wanting to improve and innovate. I now have trusted colleagues who I can run things by and will tell me if I’m being crazy, but ultimately I can do what I want.
5. What does supporting women-owned businesses look like to you?
I came from a male-dominated competitive industry but the world of interiors is primarily women working with women (clients). It could be seen as competitive but I’ve conscientiously chosen to be open and helpful because I truly believe that there is room for everyone. I work to make trusted alliances and friendships with ‘competitors’ and share insights and resources on a podcast with a fellow designer. Lifting others up with support and encouragement is the best thing we can do for each other and is such an easier way to live.
6. How has your brand/packaging/website changed or improved your business?
I strongly believe that your brand and website can tell everyone what they need to know at first glance. I personally click away from bad branding instantly, so expect the same from my ideal clients. I recently rebranded and love that it tells the story of my company by being a little playful and a little sophisticated but still friendly.
You can follow Rebecca on Instagram @studioplumb. Check out her website: https://studioplumb.com
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