We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Heppner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is making sure I stay true to myself and making sure my clients know that I have integrity, values, and transparency regarding how I do business. I was warned at the very early stages of my career that if I wanted to become the best, there would be things I would have to sacrifice to be at the top. But I wasn’t interested in getting to the top if I had to sell my soul, become someone I wasn’t, or risk all my values to fit into the mold of Hollywood. I would prove to myself that I could achieve anything I wanted just by being true to who I am. I wouldn’t have to fit the mold; the mold would have to figure me out.
What should our readers know about your business?
I think what sets Vampped apart from other businesses is that we have a lot of discernment. We don’t just take on any client; we are selective. We only work with clients who align with our values and integrity, and we look for supportive partners. We always want to make sure that we give 120% to our clients, and if we can’t, we will recommend them to someone who can. We value ourselves in having honest conversations with our teams, talent, and clients. The best business practices that we have seen is when you don’t try to fool people, people are smart- they will figure you out. We come clean with how we feel and achieve things and have realistic goals for everything, not unattainable/impractical goals that don’t make sense. It has always worked in our favor to underpromise and over-deliver.
Personally, owning your own business, you are always learning lessons. The biggest lesson I have learned this far from my company is trusting my gut and not veering off from it. Good or bad, I won’t walk into a burning fire, I want to make sure I have the right tools, and if I don’t, I will hire a firefighter – lol. Being a good business owner means making tough decisions constantly, understanding which direction to take, and how to pivot correctly. I don’t have all the answers, but I make them known and have the strength behind those decisions when I do.
I want the world to know that I don’t hide my truth; I let it be known. I’m a very transparent person, and I am cautious with who I let into my circle. I truly believe that the people around you are the deciding factor of your future. If you have the right people around you that support you and want to see you succeed, then you will be able to go far. My story has been a lot of hurdles and a lot of physical battles. I didn’t start this business smooth sailing, I started this business from the beginning struggling to find my bearings, and so seven years later, when shit hits the fan, I find it easier to navigate the storms. If everything was handed to me on a plater, I don’t think I would be able to say seven years and counting. So I am thankful for my massive hurdles, my big + small wins, and my competitors out there that want to see me fail. To all of this is why I love what I do.
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 in town visiting me, we would for sure be going to the beach. Probably Malibu pier and I would take her out paddleboarding and then we would go eat lunch at Nobu and watch the waves while eating sushi. We would then maybe hit up the Promenade in Santa Monica and do a bit of shopping, At night we would have dinner at my favorite restaurant, Scopa Italian Roots and then maybe catch a flick.
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 want to thank all my closest friends who had supported my journey and all my crazy ideas from the beginning when they were only ideas in my head. To all the people who never judged me but supported my drive and commitment to making my dreams come true. To my mom, who has always been my cheerleader, and to my new business partner who supports me and crushes every day like it’s the Super Bowl.
Instagram: @vampped + @linzheppner
Linkedin: lindsey heppner
Facebook: Vampped Official
Other: My podcast: ReVampped : Rebuilding the digital Entrepreneur
Photo: Jethro Alaba (all professional photos) Photo: Evan Paterakis (photo of me working)