We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Quach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I made the most important decision of my life 18 years ago when I decided to leave a job I truly loved, to move to Italy and follow my heart. Although I knew that I could always come back to the States to find another job, moving to another country was a leap of faith and one that contributed to my personal and professional success. I started a beautiful life in Southern Italy with my husband and we had our two sons there. I also started my company and I would have never had the courage to start my own business if I still worked at my full-time job in Los Angeles. I pushed myself to decide what I wanted to do for myself and work on my terms while supporting my family. Everything was new and a learning curve for me, but I went into it wholeheartedly, drew inspiration from my surroundings, and put my creativity and skills out for the world to see. It was now or never. If I didn’t push myself, then no one else would. I had challenges but what I have learned is that we learn from our mistakes and grow from them. I am still learning and making mistakes, but I would not be where I am today without those obstacles.
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 really proud that I have my artwork in retail stores. Every time I see one of my pieces in a store, it is like the first time, and I count my blessings over and over again. The idea of someone buying my art because it brings them joy and they want to put it in their homes is absolutely everything to me. I worked hard to get where I am and it wasn’t easy. I had to learn the market, trends, clientele and improve my graphic design skills. It is an ongoing process to keep up with current trends and styles. If there is one thing I want people to know about my brand and company is that it is always catered to them. The designs I create aren’t only jobs to me, they are a reflection of my clients and I always try my best to create work that my clients can relate to on a visual and emotional level.
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.
If my friend was coming for a week-long visit, I would definitely start with PCH and take her to Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier and Promenade, Manhattan Beach and Malibu. With all my ideal vacations, you can’t leave out shopping and I love outdoor shopping areas where we can also people watch. Some of my favorites include Rodeo Drive, The Grove, and Irvine Spectrum. To add in some culture and great photo ops, we would go to The Getty, The Broad, and LACMA. As for food, where do I start???? A trip to Smorgasburg LA is a must, Fogo de Chao, Grand Central Market and then head over to my neck of the woods, the San Gabriel Valley (SGV), for some Asian food, 626 Night Market, and boba!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many loved ones that I could give a shoutout to for their unconditional love and support, but if I had to pick one person, it would be my dad. My dad came to the US and started his own small business in Downtown LA. Throughout my childhood, I watched him work hard and tirelessly to support our family. He wasn’t a risk-taker and never aimed to expand his business exponentially. For more than twenty years, he was always completely content managing his little shop and providing the best service to his customers. He worked hard and earned every penny. I am proud to say that I have a small business and just like him, I love what I do and always try to give each of my clients the attention they deserve. I build relationships just like he did with his customers. I am so grateful for what I have now and for the people who continue to support me. My dad probably has no idea how much he has influenced me, and he probably still doesn’t realize how small businesses impacts so many lives.
I also have to give a shoutout to my husband, who has supported every decision I’ve made throughout my journey, with love and understanding. He is always there for me when I need to talk through ideas and even gives me creative ideas when he’s out and about. He has always seen the good in me and shows his admiration in the sweetest ways possible. He is my biggest cheerleader. I could not have done all of this without him cheering me on and inspiring me.
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