We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Sachs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, why did you pursue a creative career?
My business started as a hobby to help relax after work. I was always into the arts, and had been creative my whole life. I never considered it as a career path though! I would come home after work and practice calligraphy to help calm down from long, stressful days. During that time, one of my closest friends from college got engaged and asked if I’d do her a favor, addressing their wedding invitations for them in calligraphy. I didn’t think twice about it, since she was a close friend. After their wedding, she referred me to someone else, and it grew from there. Every so often I’d have a calligraphy project. After a while, “every so often” turned into more regular jobs. And eventually, it got to the point that I was doing calligraphy before work, after work in the evenings, and on the weekends. I took my creative business full-time in 2016 and haven’t looked back!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a calligrapher and it’s taken many years of ongoing work, study, and practice to improve to where I am today. It’s not where I’d like to end up — there is a world of improvement out there! I’m grateful to have joined the Michigan Association of Calligraphers early on in my practice. The guild has provided me access to workshops with the world’s best instructors on a regular basis, along with a community of lettering artists willing to share. After many years of being involved, and some time on the Board of Directors in other roles, I’m humbled to share I was elected President of the organization in the summer of 2021.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My connection in SoCal is from outside the area, so for me… it’s a lame tourist answer but “In n Out” is a must! Plus, any time at the beach for me. Let me know if you want any wedding venue ideas 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Adam is truly my biggest cheerleader. He’s also my unpaid CFO and unpaid intern! Our first date coincided with the same week I was leaving my “normal” job to take Leah E. Moss Designs full-time. When he asked what I did for work, I had an awkward “well, it’s kind of a long story” sort of response, to explain that I was taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. He thought it was the coolest, and couldn’t have been any more supportive, from day one!
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