We had the good fortune of connecting with Darneisha Hilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darneisha, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is not for the faint hearted but it most definitely is necessary at some point in your life. We often take risks when we least know it and gamble with options when faced with common dilemmas. If I can be transparent, I’m guilty of “fearing the unknown”, SOMETIMES. I’m human, I may get anxious or nervous if I’m faced with a challenge that requires me to take a major risk but I won’t allow it to discourage me. I think one of the most common risks we take in our personal life and careers are financial risks. I can relate personally because my long term goals for the future require me to step out of my comfort zone. My long term goals require me to take smaller risks. An example of this could be declining several offers or invitations because I want to save money for something that will benefit me long term.
Investing in your career is also common risk that I’ve experienced. Investing in your brand is also investing in yourself and essentially adding value to your name. You just have to find balance. It’s not always easy but a calculated risk is better than a careless one. Have faith and let it be a teachable moment no matter the outcome.
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 would definitely say my story is still being written! Discipline and Consistency are just two of many lessons I learn from personally and business wise. NOT EASY! New challenges arise when you least expected and can easily break your focus from the bigger picture. It just happened to me recently when I had a car issue come up. Although it wasn’t urgent, the over-thinker in me was like “omg, what if this creates a domino effect and I get stuck on the way to a client or something”. I hear crazy stories like that all the time. Many don’t know how much of an over-thinker I am because I hide it so well. I have to constantly remind myself that some things are and will be out of my control at some point.
I will say that I get most excited with new projects I haven’t done before especially when my clients allow me to just flow. I wear many hats when Planning and Styling an event but when the outcome is greater than expected I can’t help but celebrate my efforts. It’s a different form of art for people like me.
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?
Sheesh, LA is so diverse and full of gems. If a friend came out here to visit, we would probably do a brunch somewhere on Melrose with a view outdoors and endless mimosas. Probably pick a mountain somewhere to hike. Do a Happy Hour that includes chips and salsa near Santa Monica or Venice Beach. Participate in an Escape Room and a Hip Hop Dance / Workout class. Actually, I would say Happy Hour x 3!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m beyond thankful for my supporting family and loved ones. In addition to them, I have to shout out the amazing people I have been blessed to work / partner with thus far. The journey of having your own business can feel lonely sometimes because many don’t understand how much focus goes into it. Event Planning and Styling requires a lot of focus on detail. The relationships I have built throughout the process have allowed me to share some same experiences and exchange gestures of encouragement with some amazing people. I even have some “unofficial” mentors who help keep me in check. You never stop learning and I’m always willing to learn more from others.