Marisa Newman tells us how she manages to juggle not 1, but 2 businesses.
Tell us about yourself:
My name is Marisa Newman and I was born and raised in New York City. I am both a Gallery Owner (under the eponymous name) and an Entrepreneur.
Describe each of your businesses.
Marisa Newman Projects is an art space that provides opportunities for artists from around the world to exhibit and showcase their work In New York.
MAVE New York is a beauty line for women focusing on elevating everyday routines. We launched with a shaving system designed specifically for women.
What do you love about your job?
Both jobs provide me with creative output that I crave. It is also thrilling to see an idea come to fruition – whether it is an art exhibition or a completely new razor design that I sketched in a notebook – all come to life.
What motivates you?
I get so much of my energy from the artists that I show, as well as from fellow female entrepreneurs, like Eunice, with whom I work. Collaborating on projects is truly inspiring and to be connected with such talented people is very rewarding.
Tell us about managing two companies. How do you do it all and what tips do you have for women who are currently juggling multiple projects?
I manage with tons of coffee, quite a bit of self-motivation, and keeping calm. My advice is - keep calm, make lists.
What does work/life balance mean to you and how do you achieve it?
Balance is key. Remember you can’t do everything and be everywhere, but that is okay. Just keep up with your priorities.
What is your ideal work uniform?
A chic pant with a silk/cotton blouse and I never thought I’d say this, sneakers.
I used to say that sneakers were only permissible in the gym or on the tennis court.
You’re an AELLA fan! What pant do you own and what do you like about them? Where do you typically wear them?
They look like a professional slack but feel like I am lounging in leggings. They are washable, which is amazing and allows me to wear them all the time and feel chic and comfortable.
Do you have any mentors? How did you meet them?
Sara Blakley, the founder of Spanx, served as inspiration. I read an article on her dozens of times. Her persistence reminded me that overnight success is very rare. I still have the article filed in my MAVE New York notebook.
What advice do you have for other women who are going places?
Don’t listen to naysayers.
What have you had to sacrifice to get where you are today?
I am really glad I did not sacrifice myself. I had so many naysayers tell me to change things about my approach, myself, my ambitions and I refused.