We had the good fortune of connecting with Anissa Seymour and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anissa, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Before starting our business, so many people told me that I should wait until I was 100% certain everything is ready before opening. I’m a planner and tend to be over-prepared before embarking on something new, but I’ve learned that you can’t wait around for perfection or you’ll never actually start. Nothing will ever be perfect at the beginning. It’s more important to do the very best you can when you open, while always being on the lookout for ways you can improve the business and the customer experience. Be interested in customer and employee feedback and be open-minded about using that feedback to evolve the business.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We specialize in fun and exciting classes for babies and toddlers led by friendly and talented musicians. Every one of our lead teachers plays the guitar and/or the ukulele and is so great with the kids (and grown ups too!). I’m so proud of our team of teachers who share our core values of kindness and diversity and who bring fun, silly, and adorable moments to every class. Our classes are different from so many others because of our wonderful teachers, our exciting curriculum, and our creative and beautiful sensory projects. We also are unique because we allow the parents to mix and match their classes as they wish so they can choose music classes or sensory classes or mix them all up!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My dream week long COVID-safe trip would be a road trip up the beautiful California coast. We’d visit museums, aquariums, and missions and wineries. We’d find fresh farm-to-table and gluten free cuisine, paired with California wines. We’d stop in Santa Barbara, Los Olivos, Paso Robles, Santa Cruz, Carmel, San Francisco, Healdsburg, and Redwood National Forest if we had time.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my mom, who always made me believe I could do anything I put my mind to. I only wish she could be here now.

Website: www.whatababe.com

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Other: Los Angeles Magazine, Best of LA 2021 https://www.lamag.com/article/best-of-la-2021/

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