We had the good fortune of connecting with Anastascia Duchesse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anastascia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think of risk as a path to rewards and a necessary discomfort. Most pioneers and business owners have been regarded as ‘wacky’ at some point in their journey just for sharing their ideas. Once I got in the mindset of disregarding other people’s opinions and fully believing in my God-given talent and abilities, then my life and career goals became much clearer and my drive got stronger. I no longer let negative opinions affect my ambition, but rather use them as fuel in my fire to succeed.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a storyteller by nature and my fiction derives from personal experiences and interactions. It was and continues to be a challenge sustaining a creative business, but my philosophy has always been “passion over paycheck.” I recognize the uniqueness and cultural value in the stories I tell based on the fact that there aren’t many other stories like them; positive, uplifting, yet authentically portraying the black young adult experience in America whilst introducing international travel as a method of personal growth and self discovery. I’ve learned that sales and numbers do not matter as much as quality, and that any number of people you are able to inspire should be considered an accomplishment.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the Norton Simon Museum, Vroman’s Bookstore, and through a hike of Inspiration Point! We would dine at Urth Caffe and Sage Bistro and or course visit a few beaches.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All my successes are thanks to God!