We had the good fortune of connecting with Pauline Scully and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pauline, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had all kinds of reasons for starting my own business: be my own boss, make my own schedule, call all the shots, take the effort and energy I was putting into growing someone else’s business into my own, etc. But there was one strong reason that compelled me to finally take the leap. Doing videography was a side hustle for me for a few years. It was very difficult to manage because my actual job was very demanding. My previous executive level job was taking between 50-60 hours of my time a week (on a normal week). And to top it off, I did not enjoy what I was doing. I appreciated the people and opportunities of course. That’s what kept me around for a little over 5 years. But that would only take me so far. I’m a creative person to my core and what I was doing for a living didn’t feed that part of my soul. It seeped into my personal life, my marriage, my mental health. To be completely honest, I became suicidal. Living a life without meaning took a complete hold on me. At some point, I decided to take control of my life back. I decided to take care of myself. I decided to pursue something I was actually passionate about.
What should our readers know about your business?
COLLABORATE | CAPTURE | CREATE These are the 3 words that my brand and company represent. I believe that working with my clients is a journey that we must take together. I believe in being a partner with my client vs just solely providing a service. It’s important to me that I work with my clients to develop a vision for something meaningful, impactful, and true to their story. It’s important to me that I truly know my clients and understand them as a person and as a business. I have a deep appreciation for how a compelling story can make someone aware of their experience and emotions. I believe that everyone has a story to tell, no matter how big or small, And it’s my job to capture it and create something that they can use to share that narrative in the most attention-grabbing way. I’m pretty excited for how my brand is developing and how my clientele is developing with it. I have always wanted to create story-driven content. I’m working with clients who trust me to help them understand how we can use their own story to create emotional buy-in and drive sales or grow their community. I’m able to help empower my clients to believe in the impact of their why’s and believe in the importance of sharing that. The importance of creating story-driven content in my business stems from my love of narrative films. With that being said, one of my big BIG goals in life is to produce and direct a short-film. I’m also excited right now because I’m in the process of developing my skills and working on ideas to help me achieve this goal, sooner than later! I think the most important lesson I have learned along this journey of owning a business is I have to understand who I am and lean into that. Being an entrepreneur in this day and age, it’s easy to believe that you have to be a certain type of person to succeed. It’s easy to believe that you cannot have any sort of balance in order to succeed. I had to understand that growing and learning is part of being a business owner. That not knowing is a huge part of the journey. It’s okay to not know, take chances, fail, and try again. It’s okay to rest when you need rest. It’s okay to set boundaries. I was able to overcome challenges by giving myself grace and showing myself compassion. That’s easier said than done and there have been really tough days. But on those extra tough days, I lean into my circle of people who I know will give me the support and encouragement I need to power through. Growing this network has made a big impact on my own personal growth as well as business growth.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s amazing how much there is to do in San Diego! Balboa park is a must! Can really spend multiple days there exploring all the museums like the SD Natural History Museum to basking in the sun by the botanical garden listening to some live jazz music from a fellow SD citizen playing their saxophone to enjoying delicious food at The Prado! There’s something for everyone at Balboa Park. Then of course, we would have to hit the beach. One of my favorites is Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. And there’s lots of cute shops and great coffee nearby. Finally, coming from a military family, I think the USS Midway Museum is such a fascinating place to visit as well!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My number one shoutout has to go to my husband, Brennan Scully. Making the decision to break away from my very comfy desk job and start my own business accepting all the struggles that would come with that of course had to be made by me. But I could not have truly taken the leap without Brennan’s support. I knew that making this decision would put a huge financial burden on us while I worked on building my business. Brennan agreed that my mental health and pursuing my passions weighed greater than money. He agreed to take on the financial load while I did what I had to do. I understand the privilege in having his support not only financially but mentally. This is not something I take for granted. I also know that this was not an easy thing for him to hop on board with. But it was in that moment that he put me first and I am forever grateful for that. I also would like to shoutout my mentor from my previous job, Deanne Moore. She always saw something in me and never let me be my own worst enemy when it came to growing within the company or as a person. She taught me so much, not only about what it takes to be a business owner but also many things about living your best life. And when I told her that I had decided to leave the company to pursue my own business and take care of my mental health, she supported me wholeheartedly and believed in me without a doubt. I owe a lot of my growth as a person to her and that company. I also would like to shoutout Integrous Women. This group of women has given me the support and encouragement I very much need, not only in the beginning of my journey as a business owner but currently to help grow my business and thrive. If you’re looking for a circle of people who will push you to be true to yourself, pursue your passions, and believe in your impact, I highly suggest looking into Integrous Women. Lastly, I would like to shoutout my family. My sister, my younger brother, Mom and Dad. They are always there to cheer me on. To help me dream big but also help me stay grounded. They are my #1 fans always and cannot thank them enough for their love and support.
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