We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success is the perseverance not to give up. We thrive not when we’ve done it all but knowing that we have more to do. When I look back on my most successful year to date, the year where I made the most money, got the most accolades and had the most business I don’t remember feeling overjoyed and on cloud nine. I was too focused on my next goal, my next target, my next creative vision. Completion is the goal, but we never have the end. Success is in the reaching, not the arriving. It’s closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Success is ever onward. Creativity is forever and mastery is a constant pursuit. Creative types are on an ongoing quest for a certain type of perfection where they don’t often hit their own target. They get close to the mark and others would see that near perfection as success, but the creative mind has moved on. This is why you hear of painters who begin a canvas but toward the end of completion feel it’s not perfect enough and set it aside to move on to the next painting. Someone else would see that discarded painting as a masterpiece. Coming close to what you thought you wanted can help you obtain more than you dreamed you could. Even if we created utopias, I believe the creative soul would still see the incomplete. Triumphs are not the result of grand achievements but the propulsion of a series of near wins. The greater our proficiency the more clearly we see that we did not know all we thought we did. Success is always learning new things and successful people know that learning never stops. Show up, attempt to move forward and be open to the self-growth process. To me, success is the ability to always improve while enjoying the process.
What should our readers know about your business?
Interior Design is the honor of being able to create unique spaces for people to enjoy. I knew I wanted to focus on hospitality spaces that could be enjoyed by many people. As a young designer just out of school, I was asked to design a restaurant and found that I loved the responsibility of providing all the technical details that went into designing a public space. I was fortunate to have had found my niche, and over the years have designed over 300 restaurants. Of course, each completed project has had its own individual set of challenges. We’ve come across a wide range of things that can go wrong, but we have learned that each challenge has the opportunity to become a positive. When there are so many pieces and parts and people that have to come together for a public space to come to fruition, it’s not a matter of when something will not go as planned, it’s a matter of how you respond. Having a good, like minded team is key. When you all realize you’re on the same team, with the same goal in mind, you’r able to come together and navigate through all the technicalities needed to create beauty in spaces that our community can enjoy. We are currently working on some very cool projects and cant wait for to you to be able to visit them!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a big one for outdoors and natural beauty. We would most likely take a sail in the San Diego Bay on our 50′ sailboat. This is a great way to see the skyline and gives our city a different perspective. Seaforth boat rentals is a great source for boat rentals, my favorite being a cocktail cruise on one of their “duffy” boats. A walk along the Tory Pines beach trail and Blacks Beach is always a must. The butterfly preserve in Encinitas as well as the Self-Realization Meditation center on the beautiful cliffs of Encinitas are also very enchanting. Of course I would take my guest to a few of the spaces we have designed. Waterbar in Pacific Beach is a top contender for its amazing ocean views, Union Kitchen is always a fun place for a cocktail and Saska’s in Mission Beach is a must for a taste of classic nostalgia. A walk near my office in North Park is a great place for some local hipster flavor. There are great retail shops to be found and tons of great restaurants. Smoking Goat has delicious french wine and fair and of course Blue Foot Bar is one of our after work haunts.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
HUGE SHOUT OUT to my team of designers. They are my left and right hands and I am so grateful for them. We have been together for many moons and have created some very cool spaces together. We are a true work family who respect and enjoy each other immensely. Even though we spend all week working together, it’s not uncommon to find us going on vacations together or hanging out on the weekends. Their work ethics, loyalty and bad ass creativity and attention to detail are cherished beyond….
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