We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Schuman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, how do you think about risk?
I think taking risks in life is so important. I truly believe if you are willing to take a risk or take a leap of faith, you will be rewarded. This risk, of course, must be backed up with hard work and dedication, however if you are unhappy in your current situation, you CAN change it. You just might be forced to take a risk to do so. Which is exactly what I did. I was extremely unhappy in my situation at the time, and so unhappy in my day-to-day routine- and I was SO SCARED to take the risk. However, one day I decided I was ready for the risk and I knew if I never took it, I would regret it forever. I always think about the quote, “What if it ends up turning out better than you could’ve ever imagined”. I live by that- and if the risk you takes doesn’t work out, you can always pivot and make a change again.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business…my baby! I always always always knew I wanted to do something on my own. I am a leader at the base of everything and I wanted something to be all mine. I wanted to grow something on my own and really- be the boss!! To put it bluntly, I wanted to make all the rules. For the longest time, I couldn’t decide what exactly I wanted to do. I am a very creative person, but I also love the business side of things, and that’s all I knew. When I learned there were other people managing social media accounts for a living, I knew it would be perfect for me. It would allow me to be creative, while also analyzing business. So- I just started. I created a business Instagram account and I started posting away. I had no idea what I was doing, but I pretended like I did, of course. Then, I got my first client and I really believed in myself. So, that’s how my social media management business was born.
I will say, it was TOUGH, and so scary. I feel like the biggest challenge for me, that I’m still working on every day is being so confident in my role and talking about my “job”. There is always this, call it a “societal” pressure, that makes me feel like I don’t have a “real” job. I have to admit, I hate going into new social settings, because I know I will be asked, “So what do you do for work?”. I don’t know why, but I get so nervous telling people that I started my own business and I run social media accounts. I fear I won’t be taken seriously. So, I am constantly reminding myself of the risks I have taken to get where I am and that I have truly built this business on my own! It’s a huge accomplishment. Which, is why I absolutely love the community I am in! It is FULL of like-minded people who root for me and I am constantly reminded that what I am doing IS a “real” job, and most importantly, I love my day-to-day, I love my clients, and I love what I get to do! Imposter Syndrome is so real! Overcoming those negative thoughts and believing in myself and my abilities is an ongoing challenge!
My business has truly forced me out of my comfort zone, which I know, comes with so much growth- so I am so thankful for that. I have gotten to a place where I feel so proud of how far I’ve come and am so grateful for the people I have had the opportunity to meet along the way!
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.
Currently, I am living in Newport Beach, California! First things first, we would go on a Duffy boat. I used to go on Duffy’s every single weekend! I was known to be on a Duffy! We would make a very Instagram- worthy charcuterie and cheese board, bring some champagne and pop bottles! Of course, we would dock the boat, and go to a restaurant on the water. My favorite- Buddah’s Favorite…the best sushi spot in Newport. You HAVE to get fresh sushi while you’re in Newport. After we eat we would hop back on the Duffy and cruise home. After, I would take you to Balboa Island. The cutest little island where we would shop, maybe stop for a glass of wine at Village Inn (a local favorite), and of course we would have to grab a sweet treat at Dad’s. Dad’s is known for their chocolate covered bananas, hippo cookies, and Balboa bars. I LIVE for a sunset opportunity, so then I would take you to one of my favorite lookout spots in Corona Del Mar. A local hidden gem- my favorite. You can see the wedge from this spot and on a clear day you can see Catalina Island so perfectly. It’s the best reminder of how perfect and peaceful of a place Newport Beach is to live. Time for night life? I’m going straight to Wild Goose Tavern! It’s the perfect combination of dive bar meets sports bar, with good music, duh!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Lauryn Evarts Bosstick is literally my hero!!! She is a blogger, podcaster, biz owner, and just about everything in between. I started listening to her and her husband, Michael’s “Him & Her” podcast the second they dropped it and it always made me feel so driven and eager to do something that I was passionate about. They interview all walks of life and aren’t afraid to talk about any topic. They are the definition of marching to the beat of your own drum and I LOVE it. They have quite literally paved their own way in the industry and it’s so inspiring to me. I think it’s so important to be yourself and create an audience that appreciates YOU for YOU! Lauryn is completely genuine and herself and so unfiltered. I think she has seriously made such a difference in the influencing space because she is so authentic, and she has created an audience that loves her because of it. She doesn’t get caught up in the negative opinions of others, which is so hard to do. Her energy is so contagious and I just have so much respect for her.
I also have to shoutout one of my best friends, Dylan Clark, who also PUSHED me to take a risk. She is the first person I call with any business questions and she is one of my biggest cheerleaders. One of the most positive, genuine best friend’s I’ve ever had, she is always someone who I know is on my team no matter what and rooting for me always. I am so grateful for her!
Of course, I have to mention my mom- also one of my all time hero’s. Before I started doing Social Media Management, I would call her every day after work and just cry because I was so unhappy with the position I was in at the time. I remember we would get off the phone and she would send me lists of “possible jobs” I could do instead. Her heart is made of pure gold. When just about everyone else thought it was so crazy to quite my corporate job, she was always so supportive no matter what. She’s an angel!