We had the good fortune of connecting with Ginalyn McNamara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ginalyn, what role has risk played in your life or career?
We took a pretty big risk opening a business right at the beginning of the pandemic. We were reluctant and wasn’t sure if the business model was going to work. We took the leap and here we are with a full schedule of bookings and it wouldn’t of happened if we hadn’t taken the first step. Taking risks in business and in life is important, it allows you to strategize to your next step to success. Learn from the failures and keep pushing forward and celebrating small wins.
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?
As a business owner of a photography and creative studio, it hasn’t been an easy road, but i’d have to say it has been a fun one. Opening the studio with my business parter happened organically, we both had a vision of a creative community that we wanted to build in Phoenix. We both had businesses before RVLTN Studio so we each had skills that compliment one another. Lindsay being amazing at community outreach and I as a designer and marketer (+ having built other peoples businesses for the last 10 years) the process to launch was fairly quick. RVLTN Studio is all about community, supporting others and their creative business goals wherever that may be. Whether it’s a video shoot, product shoot or simply a consultation call on how to navigate branding – we want to offer our space and knowledge to get our community inspired and creating. Our studio is bold and full of personality – always changing and pivoting our style. We try our hardest to NOT be trendy but to be progressive. However, we are still learning everyday, testing areas of the business and trying new things, (googling what we don’t know!) and letting go of perfectionism is HUGE. We learn lessons on the daily, it about being resilient and moving forward when failing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d take them to grab a bite on the patio of Buck + Ryder in Arcadia. Do the art walk at First Friday’s downtown to check out the local artists and makers. Head up to Sedona for the weekend to re energize with hot springs, salt rooms and hike Bell Rock. Go glamping in Strawberry. Get a tattoo at Living Canvas. Grab a Scorpian Bowl at Undertow. Play skeeball at Little Woody’s, Have Ice cream at Churn. Go stand up paddle boarding at Phon D Sutton Recreation. Catch a live show at The Valley Bar or The Van Buren. Get some spa treatments and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mentors: Nick Colamartini from Urban Southwest, Angela Karp from The Croft Downtown, Steve Pandi from Allstar Retail Group. All have been an amazing part of my career as a mentor and friend.
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