October 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm , by Joy Wingfield
Terri Haskins realized hers when she reinvented her 17-year career as an entertainment marketing executive and started her own interior design company, Presentations Elements of Design. She left her former life in the music biz, having worked with performers in Hip-Hop, like Mary J. Blige and Will Smith, and enrolled back into college after 23 years to earn an associates’ degree in interior design.
A bold move in this recession? Yes. Worth the risk? Absolutely. ”Work has definitely slowed down because this is a luxury-based business,” says Haskins. “But that just motivates me to be more aggressive and proactive in gaining new clientele.”
And don’t think for a second that being your own boss makes it any easier. The hours are longer and tougher, and every move you make has to be weighed out by both sides of your brain. But the real reward is the finished product, a design drawn and drafted from your own ideas. “That’s a dream come true for me,” says Haskins.
What makes me a Lady: My confidence, strength, willpower, style and grace.
My favorite guilty pleasures: Häagen Dazs ice cream and gourmet jelly beans.
Three things on my life list: Open an interior design/furniture store, travel the world shopping for
textiles, have a design show on TV.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: The ability to read peoples minds and see into their futures.
Ladies I admire: My mom, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sheila Bridges.
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