We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy Fisk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wendy, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
A positive attitude and persistence can go a long way! Over the years I learned to believe in myself and to trust my abilities whenever I’ve been presented with a challenge or new opportunity. Both professional growth and being challenged has always been important to me. I want to learn from others and better myself in every situation.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I could not have had succeeded in the opportunities that I’ve been given over the years without tenacity, commitment and caring. I’ve taken on a few roles in my career that were challenging and I didn’t always have prior experience for each role but I had the skillset and just needed a chance. Each time I dove right in, studied, researched, dedicated myself and proved that I could succeed. It’s amazing what you can do when you are truly committed, you believe in yourself and you care. Looking back, I’m grateful for those challenges and experiences because it showed me what I could do and they helped me grow. My personal mantra is ‘The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.’ There’s always room for more growth, personally and professionally, and you can never stop learning.
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 grew up in San Diego and still my absolute favorite place to take people is Balboa Park. It’s just so beautiful with so much history. We’d enjoy a walk through the park, crossing the bridge and visiting both the Museum of Photographic Arts and Mingei International Museum. Later we would go for coffee at Heartwork Coffee in Mission Hills, and then check out M-Theory Music next door. We would head to a few local shops, Lavish, Moon & Sun and Maison En Provence and support some of our favorite small businesses. We also love crepes from Café Madeline in South Park and checking out their local shops as well. Old Town is also great place to walk outside and some of our favorite lunch spots, Miguel’s or Harney Sushi for some of their specialty rolls. We would then check out some of our favorite outdoor dining spots on our second day starting with breakfast at Sugar and Scribe in La Jolla followed by a trip to La Jolla cove, then dinner at JRDN in Pacific Beach, one of our favorite restaurants which has an amazing ocean view as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe a big thank you to Scott and Lori Mires who gave me my first opportunity to work at Scott’s agency, Mires, way back when. This role was my introduction into the creative world, a job and experience that taught me so much about myself as well as understanding the importance of culture and a supportive work environment early on in my career. It shaped how I faced challenges and dealt with different personalities and working as a team. It also opened up other doors and brought new friendships into my life. My former manager, Toni MacCabe, was a mentor to me then and always in support of me wanting to be challenged and learn more. It’s great to really enjoy the people you work with. This experience also led to my role as Executive Director with APA and my intro to working in the photo industry.
All photos @ Stacy Keck