We had the good fortune of connecting with Winona Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Winona, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
Yes, I do have something that has always bothered me. We always hear… “Go to college and you’ll be successful” But I disagree with that statement. Success is different for every person. We should be finding success in ourselves. Not in what the world wants for us. I was told many times growing up that I would never make it as an artist. I was told to take all my basic classes and find a reasonable career. I took some classes, but nothing seemed to feel right. I guess for me, being an artist is way of life. Don’t get me wrong, I do agree school is important, and it’s always good to grow with more knowledge… But being placed in a box as an artist is where I see the problem. Being a creative thinker, keeps me from being in that little box. This is why I love what I do and there is such an amazing feeling, knowing, that I can help others with my creative thoughts and execution.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First off, it is a challenge to own your own business! It keeps me busy for sure, but I wouldn’t change any of it. Having a creative sign business has always kept me on my toes. Every customer is different as well as their needs and I find such joy in creating their projects. Every day is a new journey! Plans and designs are always changing, but in all the craziness, I love it more and more every day! You ask what keeps me busy and its all the little things that keep the business operational. It’s the phone calls, artwork/sign applications, social media/web presence, deliveries/interactions with clients, invoicing and monthly taxes. If you have a business, you know what I mean. As hard as it gets, I love that I can control how successful I become. It helps me set goals and work hard for the things I know I want in life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love Arizona and what we have but I love the unexplored areas. Places where you need a camera, a water bottle and good pair of shoes. Some of my favorite places are Payson, Superstition Mountains and the Salt River. It so amazing seeing the wild horses all the little critters we share the desert with. I also love the small mom and pop shops. It’s so important to support local businesses. I truly believe we are the ones that make the backbone of America. Shop small…Shop Local! We have so many opportunities here in Arizona. Let’s get out and find them all!
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?
Throughout the years I have been in smaller networking meetings. I would think most business owners have at one point or another. Alot of my first followers and clients came from those beginning networking meetings. I have made so many amazing connections over the years, but I can think of two amazing people Dawn Oliphant of Queen Creek and Dallan Randall of Mesa who have been with me since the beginning. These two people have continued to believe in my work and also trust me enough to take care of their creative sign needs. There is no better compliment then returning clients. I truly thank them from the bottom of my heart! They believed in me then and they believe in me now. That is truly the best compliment a business owner can receive.
I also wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my mother. Growing up was tough for us. She worked two jobs, but she was always there! She was at every gymnastic meet, dance recital, special event, business event/dinners and all the things in between. Thank you, mom! Thank you for all that you have done for me. Your love and support will never be dismissed! I am who I am today because of you.