Entrepreneurship has always been a passion of mine. I grew up dancing at a studio called Ballet Petite and, in a very short amount of time, saw the company expand from a small dance program to one of the largest children's dance companies in the Washington, D.C. area. Ballet Petite gave me my first job and my first behind-the-scenes look at rapid business growth and success. Inspired by my dance studio, I started my first small business when I was in 7th grade. It was a week long arts camp for 1st and 2nd graders called Camp Bumblebee. I learned how to budget, run inventory, and manage paperwork. Though I was only 12 years old, I was hooked.
As I grew older, many of my entrepreneurial endeavors manifested themselves through the arts. I created and produced my first show when I was 16, renting out a local theater to put up an annual comedy production for three summers. Then in college, I consistently worked on film sets with my peers: fundraising, budgeting, and managing large creative teams.
Now as director, writer, and video editor in New York City, I am often my own boss. Over the years, I've learned how to navigate the freelancer's world of client engagement, contracts, branding, and complicated taxes. Below are some articles I've written for Like A Boss Girls that provide insight and tips for freelancers, small business owners, and young entrepreneurs.