We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Levy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara, what do you attribute your success to?
I think when it comes to running a successful business the most important factor for me has been consistency. This can be said for being successful in pretty much every other factor of life too. Being consistent with your time management, efforts, the overall product, and just showing up every day and making yourself accountable. It’s definitely a skill that is always something I’m trying to work on and improve! It also helps that I sincerely enjoy creating and doing what I do! When you’re bringing people joy it’s basically second nature to want to put your best efforts into every product. Making absolute sure my clients have the most memorable and fun celebration drives me to be consistent!
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 started my business at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. I had been furloughed from my job working in dental office as I was born with a congenital heart defect and am immunocompromised. So, naturally being that up-close and personal with people on a daily basis wasn’t a risk I was willing to take and left me temporarily without a job. My ballooning started as just another hobby I decided to pick up during lockdown to keep myself entertained. I’d start to catalogue my work on social media and soon enough I had requests for orders coming in! Since I didn’t have it in my head originally to monetize it, starting the business was easy enough. It was something that grew slowly over time, which is something I’m grateful for. I don’t have any kind of business background so I’ve been learning as I go. The easy and fun part is the creative aspect! Getting to design something fun and unique for your client. The most difficult part has been learning the ins and outs of actually running a business.
The more business I get, the more humble and grateful I feel. To be sought out for your specific style is something I’ll never take for granted and is what drives me to do my best for my clients!
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 love everything about the South Bay! My tour starts where I reside, in Rancho Palos Verdes. I love walking around the nature trails here, bringing my dogs to the local parks is wonderful too. When people come to visit I’ll try and “get as many piers as possible” in! Starting with Redondo Beach pier, which is my favorite for sure. Old Tony’s is a great spot that looks out onto the water. Then we hit up Hermosa Beach pier, and Manhattan pier!
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?
Tom Bertolotti, my good friend and local photographer who I have collaborated on several professional and personal projects is a wonderful artist that always brings a unique perspective.
Lilah Emerson and Kim Judy, the two wonderful women who run and own local business Card de A in Redondo Beach. They have been clients since I first got started and have continued to support me, as well as many other small businesses in the area!