I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my good friends, Alexandria Noble, to discuss her most recent decision to leave her comfortable full-time job to pursue her passion for weddings and event planning.
Before we get into the piece, I just want to mention that Alex is everything that The Millennial-Y embodies and we are truly grateful to cover her story. That being said, we’re not telling you to quit your job; only encouraging you to seek inspiration and the unlimited possibilities!
With Alex recently moving from the District of Columbia to Charlotte, NC, I was able to orchestrate a call with her and ask her a few questions on how the whole process of leaving her job and starting her companies unfolded for her.
Initially, like anyone who would want to know why someone up and leaves their job to do their own thing, I began the interview by asking Alex her reasoning for starting her own business(s).
She told me that she always knew she wanted to own her own event planning company. She didn’t think she’d be doing this at 25 years old though. “I knew I had a lot to learn (and still do!) There was no better place for me personally, to learn and grow than in the DC industry. The experiences, opportunities and lessons learned are the reason I am confident in launching my career as an entrepreneur.”
Like any business in today’s society, I posed the question of what problem she would be solving by starting her companies. “I work in the service industry, so I’m always putting out fires! I take my talents and help make the biggest day of someone’s life everything they wanted it to be and hopefully more. Problem-solver is my middle name!”
Following that question, I asked what she thought her toughest decision she had to make in the last few months was. She mentioned that quitting her job at 25 and moving cities was definitely a tough concept to grasp. Also, financials were a big concern for her (like many Millennials who are a few years out of college).
“There is nothing easy about giving up a full-time position with a successful company to go off and do your own thing. It took a lot of soul searching, planning and willingness to execute before I decided to move forward with A. Noble Events and Design + Haute Cotton Weddings.”
Okay – so you’ve overcome the personal obstacles of mustering up the courage and doing your own thing, but what is it that you look forward to learning the most about in your new business that will help you in the future? ”There is so much to learn! I am always seeking new inspiration, innovative techniques to market to potential clients and how to keep my own creative juices flowing (usually while burning the midnight oil).”
Alex also mentioned that learning the legality of owning your own business has proven to be as expected, a process! She uses her blog to document the work of other professionals and share the amazing work that other creatives in the industry produce.
But with any company, you have to always have some types of concerns and worries about it, right? “Oh my gosh, it’s scary as hell. I think that people get really excited about the thought of being your own boss, but there’s also a lot of fear that comes with it. You don’t have anyone telling you it’s okay anymore – you are the primary reason it either sinks or swims.” Solid advice coming from Miss Noble.
But to end the piece, I asked her my final question and that was to send a message to anyone out there looking to start their own business or career. She initially responded with “Oh my God, all of these [questions] are hard.” Then she was able to populate a message to send out to all the hungry self-starters out there.
“It’s not easy. You have to find your niche and what you truly love, then you have to be willing to risk everything and go for it. I struggled with people telling me I was too young. I don’t think it matters how old or young you are. When you’re willing to do what it takes to be successful and make your dreams come true, you will make it happen. I’m currently working two part time jobs on top of starting two companies, but hey, rent must get paid!”
For anyone new to this site, this is what it was created to do. The Millennial-Y is here to back you and help get you the exposure you need to be successful. Currently, Alex already has two weddings booked since leaving her job and is slowly building her brand in the North Carolina wedding market.
Please be sure to follow her Facebook page and reach out if you are in the market for wedding planners. I highly recommend her for your big day because she’s definitely passionate about what she does and would love the opportunity to help make your wedding day dreams come true!
Alex can be reached at:
Check out her wedding blog at www.hautecottonweddings.com
Photo Credit: Sara Logan Photography
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