Happy Monday! It’s time for another round of Mogul in the Making’s Entrepreneur Spotlight!
Today, we are spotlighting Marisa Quinn of Marisa Q Photography. Not only does she run a thriving photography business, Marisa is also a professional model and actress! She is very passionate about capturing the true essence of her clients, revealing who they really are to their core.
Check out Marisa’s interview, where she breaks down how to juggle multiple careers, shares tips on how to manage overwhelm, and explains why just taking the first step is so important when it comes to starting a business.
Name: Marisa Quinn
Location: Santa Monica
Years in Business: 5
Are you a full or part time business owner?
Full time multi-faceted entrepreneur. I am a photographer, as well as a working actress and model. Each of my passions informs the other – it’s the perfect marriage of careers!
Why did you start your business?
Marisa Q Photography was born from pure passion for images that capture the beauty of humanity. I took a class about 6 years ago just for fun, and within 6 months my instructor said I had such a natural gift and keen eye for portraits, that I could start a business! It was all the encouragement I needed. A few weeks after that, I had a website up and running, and was booking my first clients. The funny thing is, my experience in modeling has been such a huge help being on the other side of the camera, because I can help my clients find their best angles, and I understand what it’s like being in front of the camera. My experience as an actor has helped a lot as well – because the entertainment industry is so focused on branding, I can help not only actors – but individuals and small businesses establish and manage their own personal brands.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?
The most gratifying aspect of running Marisa Q Photography is the gift of being able to help someone further their own career and follow their biggest dreams. I specialize in Headshots for not only actors, but freelancers, corporate employees, and small businesses. If people are coming to me for a portrait – it’s because they have big plans, and they need a dynamic headshot to help them put their best face forward.
What are your biggest challenges?
Juggling careers. I have learned to schedule my day so certain parts of it are devoted to acting, and certain hours to photography. Changing hats can be exhausting – but at the end of the day, it’s a challenge I revel in.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
The best piece of wisdom I have ever received is that “overwhelm” is a CHOICE, and a cunning form of resistance. The truth is, there is only one thing to do at one time – so stay present, and you’ll get everything done without going bananas. A great support system I have for that philosophy is organizing my “To-Do” list by URGENCY and IMPORTANCE. Take care of the urgent AND important matters first, then the urgent, then the important. Schedule things out in time (eg: at 4pm on Weds I will…), and suddenly the weight of the world is no longer on your shoulders. You know it’s all gonna get done.
Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?
I have a wonderful freelance team of Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, and Wardrobe Stylists that I work with on my shoots – and agents and managers that aid in my acting endeavors. However, the day to day running of my businesses is pretty much a one woman show. That being said – delegating to additional freelancers (web designers, editors, etc) is an AMAZING and essential component of how I get everything done.
Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
The demand for professional headshots is increasing by the day – I can only imagine what it will be like in 5 years! It’s definitely not just for actors and real estate agents anymore – EVERYONE needs a professional headshot to stay competitive in the job market these days. I can definitely see myself training up-and-coming photographers in the Marisa Q Photography style of portraiture and branding. Creating a team of headshot photographers specialized in dynamic image management and branding to keep up with the ever-increasing demand of the digital age.
What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?
If it gets your blood pumping, then follow that dream to the ends of the earth! Even if you don’t know “how” you will do it – just focus on taking the first steps. Action informs you – TRUST that. Just keep taking action, and the rest of the path will reveal itself. Oh – and of course, “May the odds be ever in your favor!”
Check out some of Marisa’s work below:
If you are ready to take your brand to the next level, or are in need of headshots that will set you apart from the pack, contact Marisa today! You can find her online at:
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To Your Prosperity and Success,
Business & Success Coach/Motivational Speaker/Blogger
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