We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Hersch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When I look back at my careers, taking risks has always been a part of my M.O. In the Film Business, I worked for the toughest players and then as a rising Studio Executive I took the biggest risk of all and decided to change careers and go back to school to be an Interior Designer! Needless to say, that was the best risk I’ve ever taken. In Design, I continuously look for new ways to solve a space and I am always drawn to techniques and compilation of pieces that have subtly never-been-done. Without taking risks, you cannot be innovative and without innovation, you are left sitting in the same row boat. 3 years ago I took another big risk and launched roomLift; a digital-first service that brings high end Interior Design service to customers easily, digitally and affordably. In a historically non-digital space, roomLift embarks on this road less taken to give everyone sitting at home an avenue to a well-designed space that they love.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I currently run two businesses: a full service, high end Interior Design firm, Studio MG Interiors, Inc. and roomLift, a Nationwide e-design service. Being raised on film sets and working in the Film Business I took my ability to balance a budget, schedule and clients into the world of Interior Design. After working for design royals Kelly Wearstler and Atelier AM at the start of my career, I launched my own firm over 10 years ago. The hardest part is splitting my time between being creative and running the business. I definitely prefer the creative time which is partly why I launched roomLift: I wanted to spend more time designing people’s homes and less time billing and filing sales tax returns. I also saw the rise of so much good design available in the retail space but too much content for a normal person to filter. To help people come home to spaces they loved that were not a replica of the store, roomLift evolved and is flourishing! People told me when I launched roomLift that it was innovative and being innovative is a lot of work in educating your customers. They also told me I would be working in a completely different space, that it may as well have been a new field altogether. They were right! As a full service designer, I have the opportunity to meet the client and show them beautiful pictures of what their home will look like with my designs, With roomLift I have a 3 week time period to get to know, design and shop for a customers that I have never and will never meet! It is often times more of a PR job but it has been insanely rewarding and so fun!
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’m a pretty mellow person, 2nd Generation born and raised in Los Angeles, so I don’t go for the glitz and glam. Malibu Seafood is amazing both for the food and proximity to the beach, which I could sit on all day. I’d take you on a hike in Mandeville Canyon and then to Lodge Bread or Rising Hearts bakery on Washington (depending on your Gluten/non-Gluten preference). The rooftop Bar at the Hotel Erwin for a drink and also a meal at Playa Provisions would definitely be on the itinerary. I’d take you to Silverlake for some local shopping and maybe a day trip up to Ojai for a dip in the river and a stroll down Main Street. Last stop would be a Tostada salad at Fridas Tacos in the Brentwood Country Mart and probably a trip Downtown to The Last Bookstore and dinner at Botega Louie.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m old enough now to know (and a parent myself) that the support and faith my parents put in me by letting (making) me do so much for myself is 100% why I am the successful person that I am today. Thank you Mom and Dad!
Linkedin: Megan Hersch
Facebook: Room Lift
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