Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing an inspirational young lady who’s mantra is ‘Release Your Icon’, This week’s #WOW is Author and London fashion stylist, Fellow Entrepreneur Tanesha Westcarr. Tanesha embodies creating a business around your passions and life’s purpose . She has taken her unique gifts and created a successful brand around them. She changes her clients lives by helping them make the best first impressions, attract and keep the right life partners, renew their confidence and dress for success. I’ve had the privilege of hearing Tanesha speak , I not only took away some amazing fashion tips (I was straight down the shops and buying some skinny belts to make me look slimmer round the waist ) but also valuable thought provoking lessons on life and how others perceive us and make judgements based on how we present ourselves.
Tell me a little about you, your lifestyle and what you are passionate about? My name is Tanesha Westcarr, I am a fashion stylist, author, brand and Icon Specialist. I would describe myself as determined, optimistic and fun with a love for my family, athletics and netball.
I am extremely passionate about enabling people to stand out as the best at what they do, to unleash their greatness, raise their standards and improve their strategies so they can get greater results with balance in their personal, social and business life.
No two days are the same for me and I am normally moving at high speed. One day could be a fashion styling job, then on to a consultation with a business executive on their brand image and identity and end with a speech at a university, where I’ll empower women in business on how to make a great first impression.
So tell me about your business, who is Tanesha Westcarr all about? We love and enjoy helping people to fulfill their potential and become a better, brighter and more bankable version of themselves, one of the ways we do this is by improving their personal and professional image.
What lead you to making the decision of creating your own business? I realized that I could do the same job that I was doing for someone else, for myself – as long as I was committed to learning, improving my skillset and managing my time, I knew that I could make a whole lot more income with a lot more control if I started my own company. I decided to add a system to my skill and provided the service that my target audience wanted. Initially that was in the fashion styling field then in expanded. People always want to look, feel and be better; I help them to do just that.
Has there always been a burning desire inside you to create this or did it your business evolve from your original idea? As a very creative person and entrepreneur, I sometimes feel like I have too many ideas. I always knew I was going to own my own businesses and that it would have something to do with improving people’s lives, I didn’t know how it was going to materialize in the beginning. My business came as a result of simply solving a problem for others that I could easily do for myself. It started with compliments from people on my confidence in the way I spoke and how I presented myself – dressed and matched different clothes together. Then I decided to help other people achieve greater results with a higher level of confidence and style.
What did/do you find to be the most challenging part of your business? Paperwork, seriously all the little things take care of the big things. Though I have a PA there are still little things that need to be taken care of that only I can do. So sometimes I just have to set some time to get the key paperwork out of the way.
What have you learned about yourself during the process of setting up your business? I am a great multi –tasker, incredibly determined and I am not afraid of temporary failure for long term success.
What advice would you give someone considering starting their own business?Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will anything that is a substantial and long term success. Give yourself time to develop into the person you want to be so you can have the business you desire. You must commit to learning, as you will never know everything in your field. Learn to take calculated risks and don’t be afraid to stand out. My mantra is standing out is not your problem, it’s your solution so shine. Lastly perseverance, discipline and optimism are key to enduring the road of success. Don’t ever stop until you reach your goal, and when you reach that goal surpass it and dream again.
What products and services do you provide? I have a whole host of styling and shopping services to improve your personal and corporate image. http://stylingsays.com
I also provide private consultancy services for business owners, executives, celebrities and media personalities to improve their potential, make them even more bankable and help them release their Icon. http://taneshawestcarr.com
What is the greatest success story for your business? I have had many highlights from writing my book Styling Stripped Bare, partnering and running catwalk shows with the Ideal Home Show with an attendance of 60,000+ people, styling at London Fashion Week to winning numerous awards andbeing invited to 10 Downing Street to meet former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. But the greatest success story came from a 17 year old girl that literally had no confidence when she first came to me, she had been bullied on social media and had a really rough start in life but by the end of just one session she was able to see and say that she is beautiful and deserved the best in life. She continues to grow in confidence every day.
Thank you so much Tanesha , you are an inspiration to me and so many others. If you would like to get Tanesha’s Book or sign up for her style tips go to http://stylingsays.com
Next week I’ll be interviewing Dr lara Fernadez who along with her husband Johnny are soulmates on a mission to help single spiritual women, create a life they truly love with the love of their life by their side.