What inspired you to start your own business?
Honestly, I never thought I would be doing what I’m doing today. Since I was a little girl, my dream was to be a performer on Broadway. I went to college for Musical Theatre Performance and pretty quickly after graduating, I was cast in the musical “Mamma Mia!” as the understudy of the leading role, Sophie, and as a member of the Ensemble. While I was performing in the show, I studied with NASM to become certified as a personal trainer because I knew that once I wasn’t performing in the show anymore, I didn’t want to be an unemployed actress/waitress. I wanted to work in something I felt passionate about and that fulfilled me while still auditioning. After I left “Mamma Mia!” I started working as a trainer with a fitness company. I was always waiting for them to call me with a new client and I felt like I was at the financial whim of the company. Frustrated, I started to advertise my services on my own and as I built more clients, more referrals came and I didn’t need my job with the fitness company anymore. Today my dream has shifted to wanting to inspire people through health/wellness/fitness rather than through theater. I am now working towards empowering women and men to feel good in their own skin and it’s more rewarding than I thought possible.
What has been your biggest success?
Being able to make my own way financially on my business alone! It was a great moment for me when I realized that I didn’t need any more help from family to get things up and running or keep things moving along. It’s all on me now and I hope I continue to be so lucky!
What was the most exciting aspect of starting your own business?
Jumping into the unknown but at the same time knowing that I have the power to steer the ship, so to speak. It’s so exciting to realize that I can make anything happen and that anything that happens comes from me and no one else!
What is the best lesson you could give a young women who wants to start her own business?
Believe in yourself to make things happen. If you don’t, no one else will.
Have you stayed close with clients/peers you’ve met in the field?
Definitely. I’m lucky enough to have clients that have stuck with me for years now. I’m even more lucky that I can call almost all of my clients ‘friend’ as well . Some of them have stopped training with me for financial reasons, but have become close friends instead. They are always my biggest cheerleader and refer me when anyone needs a fitness professional.
Be Well: Fitness by Natalie