We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Hildreth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maria, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started Bellaria, it was just for passive income nothing more. I didn’t want to make millions I wanted to make $500 extra a month. LOL seriously. This passive income would allow me to save enough money for a rainy day. Also, to have a back up if my corporate career fell through. For me personally I needed more than what my current day to day allowed me. Bellaria, gives me the opportunity to open a creative outlet and to be the CEO. Being a black and a woman means I already have a double negative against me, and it comes with many barriers to break through. That didn’t stop me. Bellaria, is now more than a $500 a month company.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is I didn’t let fear stop me. I knew I could of failed epically and loss all of my money but the hunger for more is what kept me going, The amount of work that is put into building a business all while having a full time job is a lot. It was not easy! I’ve learned you can do anything with time management and a great team helping you. If you can spend money to have someone help then do it! Don’t try to do everything on your own, if you can pay an expert to help you then you should. You will only burn yourself out before you’ve started.
I want people to know that Bellaria started with nothing. It all started with a girl from Detroit who had big dreams of breaking into the fashion industry. I didn’t graduate college with a fancy fashion school degree just common sense and a hard work ethic.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spot has always been paradise cove in Malibu! Although, I haven’t been in a while It’s the most peaceful spot. All you need to do is relax paradise cove beach café for brunch and lay out in the sun. You’ll feel like you’re away on vacation as it’s an all in one stop.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t of done any of this with out these three amazing women that have been in my corner. Thank you, Kahlelah Goodine! Your support and POP UP shop help in the beginning. Thank you, Bianei! You have helped me take swim week to another level. Thank you, Cachita! You took notice in Bellaria. Without you I would of never thought to participle in Fashion week this soon.
Arun Nevader Adrian The Photographer