Our weekly “She’s A Boss” series is all about women in leadership positions. We feel that women are not celebrated enough for their amazing and one-of-a-kind accomplishments so we’re using our website to do just that.
This week I got an opportunity to catch up with 26-year-old photography and marketing professional, Channing Candies. Channing holds her B.A. in Government from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and a M.S. in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. I met Channing at USM during our master’s coursework and we had several classes together. I knew just from observing her that she was destined for great things!
Check out our interview below where Channing gives some pretty good insight on what it’s like to be a boss.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Before we talk about your photography and marketing business, can you share with us what led you to become an entrepreneur?
Channing Candies: I’ve always been a very independent person and full of ideas, and I think a part of me always knew I’d want to open my own business one day. I never thought it’d be this soon though.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What were your fears, if you had any, prior to launching your business and how did you overcome them? If you didn’t have any fears, how were you able to be so fearless?
CC: I definitely had fears in starting my own business. I still do. I don’t think that will ever go away. I feel it’s a part of owning your own business. My biggest fear was not succeeding. If the clients didn’t like my work enough, I wouldn’t be in business. I knew I could do the work, but would people like it? Only time could tell. I knew I had to take the risk to find out. I overcame the fear by believing in myself and having a wonderful support system. My husband, family and friends are my biggest supporters, and I couldn’t have made it without them.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Now on to your business. How did you decide on a photography business?
CC: Photography has always been a passion of mine. You can ask my family…I was always the kid with a camera and making scrapbooks. A photography business was destined for me, and once it started, it kicked off well. I love every minute of it. Always remember, if your work is a passion then it doesn’t feel like work.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Your marketing services match perfectly. When did you decide to introduce that component and how do you balance the two?
CC: The marketing business fell into my lap. I recently left a publication and marketing agency and picked up clients leading to the growth of my business. Things always happen for a reason. I’m a firm believer in that. Balancing the two works well. Once I’ve had enough editing and sorting through pictures, it’s the perfect time to take a break and jump to the marketing side and vise versa. Because both fields consume interesting work hours, I find that helps as well. I can work on either of them at any time of the day, not just 8 – 5.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: We know that you’re a happily married entrepreneur. How are you able to balance your work life and personal life? I know that photography has hours of shooting and then the editing process and managing marketing is a full-time job in itself. How do you keep yourself from going crazy?
CC: Coffee and lots of breaks! Before going on my own, it was a lot harder to balance my work and personal life. I was working 8-5 at the marketing agency and running my photography business after 5. I was definitely overworking myself. Now I try to get things done for both businesses before my husband gets home, even though there are times as and when I can’t avoid it. He understands and is very supportive of my businesses. He helps so much with it from being an assistant, giving editing opinions and business tips. To have something like this work, your significant other has to be supportive.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Are there any entrepreneurs that you admire or have learned things from?
CC: I love to learn, so I’m constantly subscribing to groups and other entrepreneurs to learn new things and how they’ve succeeded. I wouldn’t say there was one person in particular though. Anyone that’s an entrepreneur has my respect. It isn’t an easy job.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What advice would you give someone who wants to get into photography and marketing?
CC: Believe in yourself. If you don’t, it won’t work. Stay dedicated and organized. No one will be there to hold your hand because you’re the boss. Always stay up-to-date with the latest trends and learn as much as you can. It’ll be your greatest tool. And last, but not least, ENJOY IT.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you have any upcoming projects, specials or features that you would like to share?
CC: This time of the year is always the busiest for photographers, so the projects keep coming. And for marketing, I’m currently expanding and adding on clients. The options are endless!
Check out some of Channing’s work below and be sure to visit her website www.ChanningCandies.com to schedule your photoshoot today!
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