We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaki Yermian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaki, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When I look back on my career and personal life, the times I took a leap of faith have been the most rewarding. In the moment, I had no idea how it was going to pan out, but I always had a gut instinct telling me it was going to be ok. Following that my gut hasn’t lead me astray, yet!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
JY Design Interiors started in 2014, when I was halfway through Interior Design school (Design Institute of San Diego). At the time, my intention was to “dip my toes” into the professional world of interior design. I always had 2-3 jobs throughout school, both tending bar, and getting work experience in the field. As the years passed, I took on my own clients with minimal needs such as interior paint color consulting. Because I often connected with people of all kinds when bartending, I often met contractors, or clients in need of design help. In 2018, I found myself at a crossroads when working for a luxury design firm in San Diego. My business was gaining more traction, and although I had a steady job with plenty of opportunity to grow within the company, I was no longer feeling fulfilled. I got an opportunity to be featured on TV for a project I had recently completed on my own, and I decided to risk everything, and leave my stable 9-5 job to take a chance on my own company. Since then, I’ve taken on projects of all scopes and budgets, been featured in countless magazines, interviewed for HGTV, opened an office in Leucadia (dream location!!) and have a staff of 4, and hiring. If I could talk to the old me, in 2018 or even 2012 when I first enrolled in design school, I don’t think I’d have to tell her it would all pan out ok. There was always something inside me that knew as long as I followed my heart and what set my soul on fire, i’d end up being “successful”!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I feel blessed that I get to call Leucadia our “home base”. It’s the coziest beach town, full of coffee shops, restaurants and local shops all within walking distance. You can always catch me at Beacons, which is a 2 minute walk from our office, or IronSmith Coffee grabbing a vanilla latte (with cinnamon).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Behind every successful person, is a tribe of people supporting them behind the scenes. I am blessed enough to have found that in both my professional and personal life. One person in particular that has been at the front of the line has been my colleague, and best in the industry, Chad Arendsen. We first met about 7 years ago, in the early stages of my career. My employer at the time was helping design a few of his projects. Fast forward to 2019, our ever growing businesses crossed paths. We have since joined forces to tackle the interior design and construction industry together. Chad is more than just a colleague, he is a true mentor and friend. There’s no one else i’d rather have on my side!
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