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Conversations with the Inspiring Nadia Beck

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadia Beck.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nadia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Just like most people’s stories, I didn’t end up where I planned to be. I was always into the arts growing up and had a passion to learn almost anything. Education was very important to me. My father always kept me busy with extracurricular activities to help me find my artistic medium. I went to art school for many years as a child and excelled into the adult program by the time I was 14 years old. In high school, I decided to take a bit of an artistic turn and pursue musical theatre until my graduation.

I had every intention to become a theatre student and make my way to Broadway. I went on to receive my BA in Theatre at Cal State Northridge only to find that I was not really interested in a career where I would always be struggling to find work. I decided to find some wholesome work for myself to do, as well as see the world before I became a “real adult.” I found a summer job as a server at a local bakery. I went on to travel the roads of America for a couple of months to better understand our country, people and way of life.

When I came back, I had no job waiting for me and I became restless to start my next journey. I was randomly offered a delivery driver position at a local flower shop in The Valley for the holidays. The new owner liked me so much that she kept me on after the New Year. I slowly started to design and help out around the shop. In less than a year, I became a designer, manager and delivery driver at this little shop. I was then given the opportunity to purchase the assets and take over the space. I ran the retail business for a year and then decided to move into a studio space and design for weddings & events only.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh no. It has not been a smooth ride. I have made a lot of mistakes along the way and I’m still making mistakes. I went into this business with a passion, not necessarily a plan. I have been burned and taken advantage of due to my sweet disposition at times. I had to learn the struggles of starting a small business in this LA economy and hitting roadblocks that I was never expecting.

Not many small businesses start out with having a brick & mortar. For most, it’s a dream to even get to that point, but I soon found out that the retail industry had drawbacks to my creative freedom. As a millennial woman, I have been questioned for my skills countless times and made to believe that I am not really “worth it.” All of my self-doubts took a toll on my psyche. My biggest mistake was not seeking help when I really needed it, so when I saw a hand, I grabbed it.

I found a group of other individuals within my industry that gave me some guidance and clarity when I needed it most. It turned out I had to change my whole outlook on life in order to run a better business. I had to let go of the shop for all the right reasons and keep moving on.

My advice to all the womxn wanting to start their journey:

1. Do your research.
2. Make a plan.
3. Invest in your industry/trade education.
4. Have a support system.
5. Know You are Worth it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Rebel & Rogue Floral Couture story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a wedding and event florist servicing the Southern California region. I’m known for designing alternative floral arrangements, focusing on fandom and witchy themes. I just recently rebranded to my new business name Rebel & Rogue Floral Couture from The Flower Shop 818. I wanted to become something more like myself. A little quirky, real but not afraid to go outside of the box.

My Philosophy: Rebel & Rogue Floral Couture is dedicated to the highest quality of wedding and event florals delivered with sincerity, pride and authenticity.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
Too many to name! I will have to say Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Drew Barrymore and Carrie Fisher. They’re all women that came from very different upbringings and had their own demons to face. They created their own way to achieve their dreams and make an impact on this world. They found inspiration in the darkest of places and were/are not afraid to be themselves.

Pricing:

  • Full Service Floral Design Starting at $2,500

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Trista Maja Photography
Jenny Rolapp Photography
Muse Moment Photo
Rita Husbands Photography
Danielle Kamens Photography

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