Name | Shantel Rousseau
Tell us a random fact about yourself | Sounds incredibly strange but occasionally I pluck my eyelashes (cringeworthy, I know!). I have long thick lashes and sometimes they grow out of wack – so I pluck the ones that aren’t aligned. I sound crazy, don’t I?! Haha!
What is your current occupation?| Blogger at Simply Shantel & Style Consultant
Would you class yourself as an ambitious woman? | Honestly, I’ve always been ambitious – always wanted to exceed and have certain things but on my own terms, I’m pretty hard-headed like that haha.
What is your biggest achievement to date? | Other than graduating college and starting Simply Shantel – I would say the year I spent doing B2B sales. Direct, cold calling and door knocking sales – it would hard and in the beginning I had a couple of emotional moments, but I got through it and it was the hardest things I’ve ever done.
What is your long term vision for yourself? | My long term vision professionally is to expand my personal brand, Simply Shantel is to grow and develop it further than just the online blog. I’ll be launching my YouTube channel shortly and after that I would like to collaborate further with brands that I align with. A capsule collection then an online store and then a contributing piece in a magazine. Personally, in the next coming years I’d like to buy a property in either Chicago, LA or Miami – get married, have children, relocate to either London or Paris for a bit etc haha!
What have you sacrificed or willing to sacrifice to achieve your vision?| Time & Money – I think that’s always the common thread with anyone that’s building/pursuing something. The methods and goals might be different but ultimately, that’s always the biggest sacrifice. Also, security – the security and safety of not building and being an entrepreneur; You can’t have fear and run your own company, it’s like oil and water – it doesn’t mix.
What advice can you give to other young women that want to pursue their dreams but are afraid to do so? | I would say feel the fear and do it anyways. It’s so basic and blunt but it’s the only advice that’s 100% truthful from someone who’s been there. I would also say it is critical to your success and development to be around people who are also building their own businesses/empires/brands etc. even if it’s not in the same industry (which would be ideal) it’s important to be around other entrepreneurs. The network is invaluable and no one will really understand your joys and pains like your peers. It’s also advisable to be around those who are doing exactly what you want to and/or smarter than you. If you’re the smartest person in the room – you need to find another room and you are truly the sum of the people closest to you – make sure they replicate what you want for yourself.