Welcome to my new interview series featuring some of the brightest and most hard-working women I know. My goal for this series is to collect stories from women in all levels of their career. The hope is that their journey and their advice will trigger something in you, and help you take the jump you need to achieve your personal level of success. Whether they are freelancers, founders of their own business, corporate employees, or students, this #LadiesWhoHustle series will showcase their unique talents and help you unveil yours.
I'm honoured to announce the next lady in my #LadiesWhoHustle series is the multi-talented, Amber Joliat. Amber is the creator of MISFITSTUDIO and the host of Be Moved, the podcast. In 2010, she created the MISFITMETHOD out of a desire to move with freedom. Connecting strength and grace, Amber inspires minds, bodies and souls to untangle from the inside. Teaching us how to feel the deeper connection to self, Amber invites everyBODY to experience a full release.
Read more about this inspiring woman and her journey to entrepreneurship below.
I am the creator of MISFITSTUDIO, a movement studio in Toronto offering classes that remind the mind/body/soul how to feel.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Was this a life-long goal?
Absolutely not. I am an artist - I have danced and taught dance and painted my entire life. It is still surreal to me that I run a business, I don't see it as a business, MISFITSTUDIO is my heart, it is an extension of me.
What was your dream job at 10 years old?
To be a dancer.
If you could have anyone's job, whose job would you choose and why?
I'd love to be a gardener, growing flowers. Quiet and peaceful life.
What is one thing people outside of your industry get wrong about your job?
HA! It's challenging to narrow down to just one thing. There are SO many!!
1. Because it's a movement studio, it's easy work.
2. Because it's a mindful workplace, only peaceful and spiritual things occur all day.
3. That my job, or therefore any of my "jobs" (teaching, mentoring, running studios, creating content, building online videos, spreading the gospel that ONLY YOU CAN HEAL YOU) is not taken seriously.
How do you define success in your career?
Overcoming obstacles over and over and over. STANDING IN MY STRENGTH, GRACEFULLY EMBRACING CHANGE. Learning from every single challenge/obstacle/situation/incident. Showing up as the best version of myself every single day.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Near the ocean.
What has been your biggest career struggle so far?
There have been many. Overcoming the fear of being a LEADER, learning from the most difficult moments. Relocating my studio four times! Challenges are all a part of life!
And your biggest career win?
I've had some pretty massive career highs, teaching atop a mountain for 800 people for Wanderlust. Cultivating meaningful partnerships with Goop, The Coveteur, and The Selby. Collaborating with Fortnight Lingerie and co-designing a line of dance wear! AND getting a shout out in Vogue (The Cool Girl's Guide to Toronto)!
What's the best piece of advice you've received?
A Maya Angelou quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". I base everything on intuition and feeling.
What about the worst piece of career advice?
I choose not to absorb bad advice, rather see it as a reflection of the human sharing it.
What are you the most proud of?
The fact that I ran MISFITSTUDIO on my own for six years, and now the team that keeps the fire burning bright are all women, soul sisters, and family!
Who motivates you?
Leaders/voices/forces who are inspiring a positive change in the world.
What advice do you have for those looking for a career in your field?
Do the hard work it requires to get to know yourself. Find your voice, be YOU and don't be a copycat.
When do you feel the most confident?
When I am connected, tuned in, heart beat and breath slow.
How do you relax?
Baths, painting, meditating, cooking, laughing with my gals and sharing a meal with my husband.
Currently coveting: massive chunks of quartz.
Favourite way to sweat: the MISFITMETHOD.
Favourite book: The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz.
Morning bird or night owl? Both!!!
Favourite '90s jam: "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston.
Favourite city: Positano.
Spirit animal: Eagle.
Dead or alive, who's your most coveted dinner guest? Buddha.
Where's your next vacation? Morocco.
Most used app: Podcast/Slack.
Get in touch with Amber:
Instagram: @misfitstudio / @theamberj
Know anyone that would be great to feature in the #LadiesWhoHustle series? Connect with me on Instagram to nominate them - or yourself!