We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I have always tried to surround myself with people who are more experienced than I am, so that I can learn as much as possible from them. Seeing what others have done and can do encourages me to take action on moving myself and my business up to another level.
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 professional organizer, and the owner of An Organized Project. Being an organizer came so naturally to me that I simply started doing it. People I once was employed by recommended me to their colleagues and clients who needed my help. Organizing for others has never felt like work. I enjoy helping people to make their lives more manageable, whether it is by decluttering, assisting with their move, or organizing their finances so they can be ready to file taxes. I take the time to know and understand my clients. No two clients are the same, and no two jobs are the same. Everything is customized to make life more efficient and less overwhelming for the client.
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.
I love where I live in Playa Vista, so we would start there and proceed with some different day trips. A neighborhood walk leads to Whole Foods and other retail shops and/ or restaurants. Playa Vista also has tons of small parks, each unique and different. From there I would take my guests to Venice Beach. Everyone from out of town should see Venice Beach and walk the Boardwalk, right?. The best restaurants are on Washington Blvd, walking distance to the pier. Scopa Italian Roots restaurant for sure. While Hollywood is not one of my personal favorite spots, I would take visitors to see the walk of fame, then to West Hollywood for some dinner/ night life. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first career was as a professional ballet dancer and teacher. The self discipline that I held in the world of dance carried over into my love for organizing. My most influential dance teacher taught me the importance of doing what is correct, even if no one else around me is. She taught me to work deep and strive for perfection, while always having my own personal beliefs with in my heart to fall back on.
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