So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
I found the most divine local business recently that does stunning pet portraits of your loved furkids! Isn’t this just the most lovely gift (to yourself or others!)? So creative and beautiful. Please support local (as its lekker!) and get in touch with Bearer of Good News!
We chatted to the talented Priscilla, the graphic designer and illustrator behind the lovely business and brand.
You opened your own business – How does it feel to be a successful business owner that inspires others and loves what they do?
To be honest, I know the struggle behind finishing school and not knowing what you want to become for the rest of your life. My 1 gap year ended up in 4 gap years. I remember the weight of having many interests and talents, not knowing what to do with them, which sounds obvious – USE THEM, right?
It really is easier said than done. Bearer Of Good News randomly came to me in August 2019 not even for the purpose it serves today, but somehow the idea of personalised pet portraits got the hold on me.
Never in a million years did I think I’ll become the full-time artist that I am today and it feels amazing that my path in life seems less crooked.
To be able to create something unique and personal for someone, but also to inspire those who are confused and scared for what the future holds.
Those who don’t know their place in life. Here’s the thing – life has a funny way of unraveling itself and it will always lead you to the path you’re meant to be on.
You just have to give yourself the time, patience and trust that you deserve.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
Time-management. Self-love. The essential consistency behind marketing and having to juggle it all by yourself.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
Definitely more mobile and practical. In my own little studio filled with natural light, plants and a coffee machine. The best part – I’ll have 5 years of both failure and success behind me.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Embrace that fear, but also be smart enough to know that fear fundamentally is a liar.
Rather focus that same energy into something that feels good, something that pushes you towards your goal and not the opposite.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
For starters, you build intense character in becoming your own boss, especially by approaching a new business independently. When you start that business no matter how big or small, you eventually realize your capabilities and that ultimately boosts how you see and feel about yourself – it has a direct effect on your work as well, which is essential.
Secondly, it’s already difficult given the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day, but it makes it easier knowing you don’t have to waste crucial bits of a short day reporting to a boss that somewhat “controls” you and what you bring to the table.
How has lock down affected you and your team?
I am blessed to say that I’ve actually been the busiest during lockdown. In a funny scenario I envisioned everyone stuck at home with their pets, thinking to themselves “you [the pet] make lockdown seem not so bad, let’s make an artwork out of you to remember these moments.” Because let’s get real – pets do make life feel like less of the burden it sometimes feels like.