We had the good fortune of connecting with Bridgette Lee Phipps and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bridgette Lee, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I’ve always been one for setting wild goals. In the beginning of my career I was often told I always get what I want. I wasn’t sure if that was a positive or negative thing at the time, but when I look back I’m so glad that I was told that. It helped me to not have doubt that I could set whatever goals that I wanted and achieve them as long as I put the effort in. I continue to set those wild goals, but now I also take advantage of setting and describing obstacles. I think it’s easy to just assume that you will continue to be successful as long as you work hard. What we forget is that life is always throwing obstacles in our way trying to stop us from achieving those goals. I now make it a habit to write down any obstacle that I could possibly think of that could inhibit me from achieving my desires. Then I write down solutions to overcoming those obstacles ahead of time so that when the obstacle occurs I am aware of what is happening and how to move forward more quickly with less distress.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I often call my self an entrepreneur instead of an actress. Because it is not easy to simply be an actress and do nothing else. I wanted the flexibility to be able to do the art that I love which is acting and performing and still make money to pay off my debt, car and mortgage. So I decided to start making money without working for someone else by having a more entrepreneurial mindset. I have created a business around online reselling and last minute personal assistant tasks. No, it was not easy especially the first year of leaving my corporate job. I also heard “when you go back to work “or when you get another job “or if you need to interview again” a lot in the first year. Hearing those words again and again secured that I would never work for someone else again. There is something magical about believing in yourself so much that that one day you realize success is making it happen day after day and still surviving. I’ve struggled with a lot of anxiety throughout my career, but I have overcome that and now have the confidence to go get what I want. I am still pursuing acting and supporting myself through my entrepreneurship.
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 Phoenix. I am very loyal to the spots that I love and enjoy in the Phoenix area. A few of my favorite bars/restaurants are Harvey’s Wine Burger, Hula’s Modern Tiki, The Parlor, Century Grand, Kings Beer & Wine, St. Francis, The Porch, The Clever Koi, and Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe. My favorite artistic venues are The Musical Instrument Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum, Stray Cat Theater, The Phoenix Theatre, and Theater Works. Lastly, my favorite entrepreneurs around the valley are Michael Lanier (Pueblo plant shop), Adam Joel Benavides (Videography), Amanda Melby (Verve Studios), Spencer Cohen (Snatched Scottsdale), Desaree Suttle (The Suttle Design), Gisel Trevino-Martinez (Ocotillo Counseling), Stefan Marin (House Marin), and Melody Pierce (S.T.E.P.S. Toward Eating Disorder Recovery and Awareness).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a lot of my success to other entrepreneurs who create free content online. There are so many resources and people who are willing to educate new entrepreneurs and share their successes. That’s the beautiful thing about self-employed individuals. Most of us are excited to see others win because we know how difficult this journey is. It takes so much courage to say, “No, I am not going to work for someone else’s dream, I’m going to pursue my own”. I also owe a lot to my family who have continually supported me on this life journey. Lastly, thank you to Nicholas Martinez for always being by my side.
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