We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Cox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think that “risk” is a necessary evil in life. The only way I ended up living in NYC was from me taking a huge risk to move from Detroit after College with no serious job offer at the time. Since then it has only been upward! I’ve been living in Brooklyn, NY for 7 years and over that time I have had great experiences meeting new people, working in the freelance and corporate industry, and taking in all the good ( and sometimes bad) things New York has to offer.
The most recent risk was starting my candle company Moon Sign. I’ve always been into creating with my hands and this one just felt right. I spend a lot of time at home, and I have bought enough candles to fill up an entire home. I decided to try to create one of the things that I really enjoy being in my personal space. After MUCH trial and error, I felt comfortable sharing my candle making with the world. The candle line is based on astrological and astronomical events. Most of my friends know that I am into astrology, so I figured it would be interesting to mix the two. I was very nervous about my launch, but overwhelmed by the positive response. I am currently working on broadening my candle line and the expansion should be available in the next week or two.
The past 5 yrs have honestly been nothing but risks that have catapulted me into a direction that fits me most. I honestly do not know where or what I would be doing had I not took a risk to move to a new city, or the risk to starting my own small business. It always feels right in the end.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
For the last 5 yrs I’ve worked as a Business Manager at a magazine publishing company. How did I get there? To be honest, it was mostly due to taking a risk of moving to a big city, then being prepared for any opportunity that came to me. I also worked as a freelance makeup artist, I truly love creating with my hands. I looked at every job board including craigslist! This led to me working at a music publication that was bought by a larger one. It was at these jobs that learned how to be more organized, forcing myself to network, and really understand that the small details matter. I would not say it was easy, but I will say most things about ” work” and creating are all in your head. I remember this when I am faced with a challenge at my corporate job or with Moon Sign. Once it gets stressful, I try to step away to break own the task, then approach it a different way.
Candles are used for many things, usually mostly for adding a mood to a room. I want the world to know that 1) we are in a time where creating an optimal space for your self will literally change how you feel, and therefore how to relate to the world and other people. I want people to take pride in enjoying their personal space, no matter what that looks like. So, I’ve created a token to add to your space while also allowing you to learn a little more about yourself via astrology.
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.
Hmm If they were staying in Brooklyn I’d take them to Bodequita BK in Bushwick for oysters! Then we would go to Bohemian Bar in Downtown Brooklyn for some great cocktails. Dinner at Cecconi’s is a must for the views of the Bridge alone! There is no trip to New York without seeing The Met, so we would head there for a museum day trip. We would also have to hit Prospect Park for a little picnic and people watching.
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?
I’d love to shout out my Mom! My logo is inspired by her handwriting. She’s always supported my risks since I was in middle school ( I would do nails out of our patio, the whole city came to me lol!) She continues to push me to be the entrepreneur that I’ve always wanted to be. Also to my close friends in Brooklyn who I force to smell test all of my new candle products!