On the playground in elementary school, I hawked candy wax lips I had bought from Don, the ice-cream man, and sold them (at a mark-up, of course) to my fashion-hungry teeny-bopper friends.
When I look back at things like this, I can see it’s not a surprise that I’m self-employed.
Creatively self-employed people often can track their creativity and independence back to childhood.
She is nosy. She is bossy. She is creative, social and adventurous. She is an entrepreneur worthy of attention. And she gets a lot of it. Dyana Valentine is a one-woman conference catalyst, an idea machine and project impossible coach. She motivates. She challenges. She occasionally ticks you off. That is what is making her such a popular force on the design lecture circuit…
Even at 14 years, her resilience was already evident: begging for a work permit and negotiating barters, shoveling the muck of horse stalls in exchange for riding lessons. She attended an alternative high school, too, that allowed her “walk-abouts” (independent projects). Pursuing photography, an avid interest of her father’s, Dyana also worked 8 weeks on a Native American Reservation photographing its people, customs and daily rituals. This colorful past engendered a life-long love for the nontraditional.
Was there something in your youth that was foreshadowing for your career?
P.S. Dyana will very likely be back at CFC 2011, June 23-24 in Chicago, so be sure to save the date!