We had the good fortune of connecting with Tandya Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tandya, how do you think about risk?
I am all about balance. I believe in making smart decisions as well as taking risks. When I first quit my full-time corporate job, to follow my dream of being a blogger, I was taking a huge risk. I always say the biggest risk, has the biggest reward. Leaving the security of my job, was one of the scariest things I’ve had to do, but I am so glad I did it. I love what I do. I love creating content, editing photos, and being my own boss.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a creator. I remember being as young as 5 years old, and rummaging through my mom’s closet, trying on clothes and finding the perfect looks. I have always been a perfectionist. As a young girl, my favorite place to go was the mall, and I always made sure my outfits were flawless. As I grew older, my art transcended beyond clothes. I have found that I am a visual creative. I like creating visually pleasing aesthetics, visually pleasing art, decor, and outfits. I think this is what sets me apart from others. I don’t follow the crowd, and I only create content that feeds my soul.
I am most proud of how far I have come. I have worked with brands that 15 year old me wouldn’t have dreamed of. I get to travel the world, work remotely, and ultimately be my own boss. It took a lot of work to get where I am today. It takes consistency. When I first started blogging, I was in college, then soon after, started a full-time job, while also blogging full time. After I finished work at 5 pm, I would blog and catch up late at night, and I would shoot all of my content on the weekends. I never had any free time.
A lesson that I have learned along the way is to always be authentic. I only work with brands that I genuinely like. I want the world to know that where I am at is just the beginning. I plan on continuing to grow and finding more creative outlets for the Simply Tandya brand.
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.
Oh, this is a fun one! One of my absolute favorite places in LA is the Huntington Library Museum. Here we would tour the museum, stroll around the gardens, and finish our day at the museum with afternoon tea. For a quick bite and the best pasta in LA, we’d go to Pasta Sisters in Culver City. For late-night drinks, with a rooftop vibe, I always suggest Perch downtown, and for a chic experience, we’d go to Beauty & Essex.
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 would love to dedicate this Shoutout to my mom. Without her, I wouldn’t have the courage or drive that I have today. She has always believed in my dreams and supported me with anything I set my mind to. At one point I wanted to be in a band and she bought me a bass and lessons, if that’s not encouragement, I don’t know what is. (that phase didn’t last long) I’d also like to give a little bit of recognition to my blogger groups. They offer support and mentorship with all things business-related. I learned so much about contracts, negotiation, and rates through my groups.