Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is self-taught social media powerhouse Paula Coop McCrory, whose 4.4 million follower Pinterest network puts her among the top 30 pinners in the world. We caught up with Paula to find out where she finds inspiration and what advice she would share with other young professionals…
Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I am a visual storyteller that loves to pin, curate and create.
What was the inspiration for your career route?
Exploring, learning and finding new ways to create and tell stories through imagery is where I draw my inspiration from.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Being invited to speak in Nevis was a huge milestone. Paired with staying at the Four Seasons, the entire trip was a bucket list experience I can now check off my list.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
5 years – Published, with an established weekly digital program and design collaboration with a noted brand.
10 years – Seen as my own brand with a small, creatively driven staff whose focus is designing, creating and consulting.
20 years – Living in the Caribbean half of the year while consulting and traveling the other half.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Never stop learning. Be open. Be honest and surround yourself with people that are supportive while positively challenging you.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
The United Way and CAMH are two charities that I support. Fundamental needs and mental health resource and education is something we all should have access to.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge has been self-doubt. Staying positive and letting go of fear and doubt are key to creativity and career advancement.
What does the word notable mean to you?
When what you do and who you are come together as one.
Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
Lee Restaurant. If I could, I would eat Susur Lee’s Singapore slaw daily.
What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
Flight Center – It’s my go-to when I want to imagine where in the world I’ll travel next.
All We Do by Oh Wonder
Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
The Jealous Curator.
What’s your favorite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
The Bahamas is my favourite country to visit. The diving is unbelievable and the country beautiful. I am travelling to Prague to speak at ENGAGE followed by Glasgow to work with photographer Bernard Rudden. I can’t wait.
What gives you the greatest FOMO?
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Eye wear, dark chocolate, and mojitos.
What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
Liquid eyeliner. I’d rather blame the eyeliner for my shaky application than the reality that I need more practice.
Travel. If I could, I would travel once a month. I find it inspiring, educational and grounding.
And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
When you’re being true to who you are and what motivates you, work and play blur into one. You love both because they’re intertwined.