We had the good fortune of connecting with Sasha Monique Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sasha Monique, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I truly believe taking strategic and well-calculated risks are how you get ahead. We see so often the world around us evolving and changing especially in the areas of tech and social media. That alone shows us that risks are valuable and conducive to growing and evolving.
I think the best way to take risks are to trust your gut, follow industry shifts, and look at the data. The data never lies.
Starting my own business, making investments, and trusting myself was the biggest risk I could have taken, especially as a single mother. It also has been the most rewarding.
The best stories and best successes always start with someone taking a risk, and usually that first risk is always betting on themselves.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the owner of Sasha Monique Creative Studio, LLC. I am a brand strategist and graphic/web designer motivated to help service-based entrepreneurs build exceptional brands that allow them to take leadership in their industries and niches.
My career actually started in designing retail spaces for almost 6 years. Merchandising, store installations, designing stores, windows, etc. It was a super fun and creative time, but I also got burnt out. I knew at that point I wanted to start a family and traveling and overnight shifts were not going to cut it.
I leaned into the digital space and that’s when things really started to make sense to me. I was doing graphic design, web design, and marketing for businesses as a freelancer, but I was so motivated to just help these companies understand their brand development from a strategic standpoint to increase revenue.
I took that as a sign that it was time to start my own business and BAM! Here we are!
It has absolutely not been easy. I am a single mother to an autistic toddler and am her only parent. Juggling multiple roles of parent, caretaker, and business owner has been a challenge but it also just makes sense. She has been the biggest blessing in my life and has taught me so much already in so little time. The biggest lesson has been balance and to stop rushing life away. Everything unfolds in its true organic timing and to trust the process.
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.
First off we immediately go to Eggslut because it’s efficient to getting to the only place that matters, The Last Bookstore.
Clearly we then have to go down to Venice because everyone has to go at least once. We spend money that we shouldn’t on Abbot Kinney Rd. and then head to The Rose Restaurant for lunch, their french fries are stellar.
A little beach, a little walking and then listen to some live music at Lilly Rose.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oooof. Where do I begin. I’ve had the most incredible support system and mentors ever. Of course I start with my family. They have helped me create the business of my dreams while supporting me as a single mother. That alone has been the biggest help and I am forever grateful to them.
Early in my career I was lucky enough to call my instructor at school a mentor as well. Marco Antonio really pushed me to think outside of the box and go after what I want in life. He helped me navigate my professional life post-graduation and truly just motivated me the most. He has always been in my corner and I appreciate that more than he will ever know.