Grayson Miller: Today’s Notable Young Professional

Today’s Notable Young Professional is StyleDemocracy Vice President Grayson Miller, whose retail event management company specializes in warehouse sales, pop-up shops, and social commerce. We caught up with him to find out what inspires his work and what advice he would share with other young professionals…

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1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I spearhead and manage all of StyleDemocracy’s digital initiatives and properties.

2. What was the inspiration for your career route?
I always wanted to work in fashion, and it wasn’t until the proliferation of social media until I saw my space within the industry.

3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Working on events and marketing campaigns for some of the top brands in the world including Nordstrom, Nike, Puma and many more.

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
I want to continue my trajectory with StyleDemocracy and continue to see the company rise. In five years I want to be the President of StyleDemocracy’s media company, StyleGroup Media. In 10 years I hope to be running a large Canadian media company.

5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
It sounds very basic, but it’s the best advice someone has given me: Never give up on what you want.  The number one factor to success is not intelligence – it’s not even hard work – it’s persistence.

6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
I have supported CAMH in the past. Family and friends are all hit one time in their lives by mental illness. It’s increasingly becoming an issue in our modern society and everyone needs to do their part to ensure that the stigma behind mental health is removed; that people look the help and support they need.

7. What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Working in a small business always has it challenges; personnel, cash flow, logistics. When your company is small, even tiny problems can snowball quickly. Planning and staying focused helps me overcome these issues. I find that if you go over your problem, ask people in your circle for help, and have a concrete plan to fix the problem, you can often find success.

8. What does the word notable mean to you?
Notable means standing out. It means you have done something or are doing something that should be recognized by your peers.

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1. Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
Soho House Toronto. I love the community atmosphere of Soho House and I really like the feeling of being connected and feeling involved in your industry.

2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
While my most visited website isn’t that interesting, one of my favourites is Contently.com. For a content marketer, this website has it all; interesting perspectives on the industry, helpful tips and usable insights.

I listen to podcasts often. I find them extremely informative, and they act as a way to digest a lot of information quickly and easily. My favourites right now include The Brilliant Idiots, Stuff You Should Know, and Planet Money.

3. Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Gary Vaynerchuck, @GaryVee.

4. What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
I love France. As a French speaker, I really appreciate the culture, the history, the food. There’s nothing better than getting away for 10 days and traveling to Paris, then sneaking away to the South of France. I want to travel to Western Africa, particularly the Ivory Coast. I recently did a lineage trace through Ancestry.ca and discovered that my Ancestors are from this region of the world.

5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?
I don’t usually get FOMO. If I don’t’ go to something, there is a reason or I’m exhausted, which is a good enough reason in itself.

6. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Chicken wings.

7. What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
I wish I didn’t spend so much money on parking in the city. I wish I spent more money on my living room couch.

8. And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Success is simple to state but hard to achieve. To me, ultimate success is having the ability to do what you want to everyday, and have the resources not to do what you don’t want to.

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