We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriella Carr and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gabriella, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was younger I never considered myself to be much of an artist. Paint, canvases, and sketching just weren’t for me. However, I always had a love for theater, photography, public speaking, and writing. These floated in my mind when I thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I never thought I would be able to do all three. When I learned about content creation, I was immediately pulled in because it was a fun and modern way to mix writing and photography. Public speaking and acting got mixed in later as I started posting videos of me talking and Reels of me doing funny skits and scenarios. I then discovered my love for digital drawing and it became an outlet for me, but more importantly, it became my small business. Photography and writing are also big behind the scene parts of being an entrepreneur. I have a huge passion for all of these and being able to make money from it is a dream come true. I love that I can express myself through multiple mediums and hopefully inspire the people who see it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In January of 2020 I was inspired to start a bookstagram. It took some prep and research, but I finally started one called @luckyreads. I loved the whole social media managing so much that I decided to start a blogging account called @gracefullygabbie in June of 2020. I now post about books, book reviews, adventuring with books, and fun book videos on @luckyreads. On @gracefullygabbie I post about teen lifestyle, my faith, health, positivity, travel, and relatable videos. On both of my accounts I try to stay as genuine and authentic as possible so people can view me as a friend or person they can relate to. I want to add to peoples’ lives. When they see my account, I want them to be inspired, or walk away having gained something. I still have so much further I want to go, but getting here has already been quite a journey. I have improved so much in my confidence, writing, photography, and communicating with brands and people.

In October of 2020, after designing a few logos for family members, my mom suggested that I maybe start a design business. This led to me creating Gracefully Gabbie’s Gifts. I sell waterproof gloss and durable stickers, logos, and custom designs. They are all inspiring and self reaffirming. Packaging is eco friendly! Seeing the designs in my head, drawing them on my iPad, printing and cutting them at my own house, promoting them, and shipping them on my own is the coolest. I get to work through the whole process and seeing happy customers with their products always puts a smile on my face. Running a small business has taught me so much about time management, discernment, patience, flexibility, and the real world.

Being a content creator and entrepreneur has become such a way of life for more. I have realized that things will not always go my way and that there will be obstacles, but you just need to reassess the situation and see how to keep going. It is a lot of hard work, but it is so worth it. Content creation and entrepreneurship lets me dream and live out my passions.

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.
If my best friend was coming to visit there are so many things I would want to show her. If the weather was warm I would take her to some of these places – Horsetooth Reservoir, Lake Dillon, Fossil Creek, Carter Lake, Lily Lake, Frisco Bay, Red Feather Lakes, Boyd Lake, or Lory State Park for camping, hiking, paddle boarding, fishing, swimming, boating, and doing water activities. (These locations are beautiful to hike and visit year round!) We would go to an evening outdoor/drive in concert or movie with food trucks and games like volleyball and corn hole. We would visit Downtown Fort Collins, Frisco, Bailey, and Breckenridge to see all the restaurants, boutiques, and other shops! We would go tubing in Boulder and try white water rafting in Fort Collins. We’d go walking, hiking, or biking on one of the many trails and paths all around Colorado. On Saturday we would stop and shop at the local Farmers’ Markets.

If it was cooler weather we would go sledding, skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, and maybe even catch a sleigh ride at Breckenridge, Snowy Range, or one of the resorts/places that host snow activities. We would visit Denver to see the mile high tree! In any weather I would for sure take her to Estes to visit the beautiful tourist town, hopefully see elk, and then we would explore Rocky Mountain National Park. We would also visit Cheyenne, Wyoming and explore Snowy Range Scenic Byway.

As we got hungry or wanted a treat throughout the week, I would take her to Beau Jo’s because they have the best pizza ever! We’d grab a coffee at Dutch Bros or The Human Bean. Lunch would be at Cafe Mexicali or QDOBA. I also would take her to 5280 Burger Bar and First Watch.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my family, especially my mom. My journey as a creator and entrepreneur started as hobby to pass time, but it has turned into my job. My family has been patient with me through many photoshoots and me completely taking over areas for pictures and projects. They have lent me props, outfits, and even electronics when mine had problems. My mom in particular has taken countless of my photos and videos. She has been my biggest supporter. She isn’t afraid to give me advice or constructive criticism, but always does so in love, and wants me to do the best I can. Most people do not know how many individuals and how much work can go into the pursuits and successes of one person. While many people see my face on my social medias and for my small business, they do not see my family behind me, who I owe so much to. Thank you guys!

Website: https://gracefullygabbiesgifts.company.site/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracefullygabbie/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracefullygabbie

Other: LuckyReads Bookstagram- https://www.instagram.com/luckyreads/ Content creator email – gracefullygabbie@gmail.com Business email – gracefullygabbiesgifts@gmail.com Bookstagram email – luckyreads17@gmail.com

Image Credits
Katie Drake Photography Nathalie Carr

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