Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is personal stylist Michelle Addison, who recognized the value of humility working several less desirable jobs while remaining focused on her end goal. Here’s how she achieved her dream job…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I work with busy professionals to help them with their wardrobes. From personal shopping to outfit design, I make getting ready in the morning easy and stylish.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I started Michelle Addison Personal Style in 2012 after working in the fashion business for over 10 years. I’ve always been inspired by fashion and what it takes to have great personal style. I fell into this career by amazing opportunities, a lot of courage and hard work.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part of my job is helping people feel more confident. It’s surprising what can happen when you feel good in what you are wearing. Changing the outside is just the beginning for some on the pathway to happiness, and I love that I am a part of that. The most challenging part of my job is balancing my work-life schedule. Owning your own business, being a good mom, having a relationship – these things never seem to balance.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I would like to blend my acting and fashion experience more and I’m not sure what that looks like yet… and hopefully my love and I will own our own home.
What does success look like to you?
A little less fear and more love, a happy, well adjusted daughter, and enough money for options.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Fashion Week in New York, seeing my work on the red carpet, working with the room… there are really so many cool things.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
It takes a lot of courage to follow your heart, but your heart is always right. All the things that I did before I was a personal stylist – the acting, waitressing, receptionist, clothing store manager, personal assistant (the list goes on) – all helped me have the humility that I need to truly be of service and do the best I can to build a clientele based primarily on referrals.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
Avalon Recovery Society.
I believe that everyone deserves the support to get the help that they need, but women struggling with addiction steal my heart and there is nothing worse than not having a safe place to go.
What to you is notable?
Being authentic. Too often fashion is seen as too cool to even attempt to join. I believe in being yourself and being unique.
Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
iPhone. And yes, I am addicted to looking at it every five seconds.