The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be an entrepreneur?
Breegan Jane: Funny enough, I don’t feel like I chose entrepreneurship. It chose me. It’s in my blood. I talk about my grandmothers and how so many of my relatives were strong female business owners on breeganjaneblog.com, and I really do believe that passion and inclination was passed down to me. For as long I can remember, I was always discovering ways to beautify and resell things, whether it was in high school or for other companies. My heart simply led me to it.
TDQ: Who was your favorite interior designer growing up?
BJ: I don’t know that I had an actual favorite designer growing up, but I do remember having my breath taken away on my first visit to Europe. I was just a teen, but the experience was impactful. We toured a castle and I saw all the intricate, detailed design elements we simply don’t have here in the states. I can remember it like yesterday: the angels painted on walls, hand-carved masterpieces and brocade pieces. The whole adventure left such an impression on me and manifested into a love for museums, older furniture and an eye for artistic qualities in interior design today.
TDQ: Who are your influences today?
BJ: I would say I have many influences, but one who stands out today is designer Joanna Gaines. Ironically, it isn’t necessarily her style that I feel drawn to; instead it’s her business savvy and professionalism. In a very modern world where feminism’s definition is often misconstrued to be one-dimensional, she defies that. She’s married with multiple children, and she balances it all while maintaining an authentic brand. She became successful because she’s good at what she does, she loves it and that’s what people connect to. It’s a true display of women’s empowerment, and that means a lot to me.TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
BJ: The best advice would be to believe in yourself and preserve your own sense of reality, because you’re going to be tested and told what you cannot do. You are in charge of your own life and happiness, and you have to work from that place. Once you can accept that, nothing else matters. You have to make up your mind to work towards what makes you happy, and what will lead to your success. No wavering!
TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?
BJ: The worst advice has been to change who I am for the sake of selling something. This industry will tell you that making a financial return is worth sacrificing your true self, reputation, brand and authenticity. It’s sad, really. I’d counter that horrible advice with a simple: “pick the job you love, work hard and stay true to self.” It’s what has gotten me this far.
TDQ: Tell us about the Mom Life Yo app you’ve developed
BJ: When T. Lopez and I began Mom Life Yo, our original intention was to enter the homes of people everywhere and be their virtual friends offering support. We wanted to reach as many moms as possible and push ourselves to talk about the real issues and topics no one else was discussing. What we realized was moms are busy! They can’t always set a time to listen to us because as a mom, you don’t often know what your day is going to bring. With the app, moms can tune in with the touch of a button, anytime they please. The app allows us to work around their schedules instead of requiring them to work with ours.TDQ: Besides being an interior designer and radio host, you also own the LEONA restaurant in Venice Beach, California. How do you manage to juggle all of those things as well as being a single mom?
BJ: I think juggling is something all moms learn to be good at, to be honest. Sometimes our creative endeavors don’t last a lifetime. I birthed a brand and project with my ex-husband, and I’m not sure what the future holds in regards to it right now. I am, however, excited to have extra time to pour into several new ventures and products which are taking shape and being developed. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for unveilings soon!
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
BJ: When I get asked this question, my first thought is often about how old my kids will be. I think a lot about family growth and how that will affect our lives. I feel encouraged and excited because as my children grow older, they become more independent; that only furthers the potential for my career. It means greater yields from my creative and business lives that will push me closer towards what I want to do. I see continual growth. I have no intentions of slowing down, that’s for sure.