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

Hi Miranda, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always been very driven and self motivated, I put my all into my work and because of that I am very passionate about what I produce. This created problems for me in work environments where I answered to someone. If they were displeased with anything, I took it personally. I recognized this was a problem and rather than changing myself, I wanted to create a work environment that suited me. I began doing a lot of self reflection to determine what brought me the most fulfillment and happiness while working, taking my greatest skill sets, education, and background into consideration. Then I began looking into my field to determine if there was a need for my ideal work environment. Ultimately, there is a huge need for my skillset and I have completely created my dream lifestyle and work environment. I could not be happier with the risk I took to create my own business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create photorealistic 3D renderings of residential interiors. I have my degree in interior design and found a passion for using computer software to draw my ideas and visions to scale in 3D, allowing clients to see their new space before they buy anything. This creates a really seamless process, we catch mistakes before they happen, and have time to make corrections or try different color pallets before anything goes into production.

Primarily my business is focused on drawing 3D models for other interior designers all around the country. I really enjoy meeting and collaborating with other designers and learning from them. I have found my skill set is really valued because not many designers know how to use the software, but I do, and I can see their vision and create images for their clients which gets them really excited and engaged in the entire process. It’s a small part of the process when you are renovating your home, but it brings so much happiness and gives people something to hold onto during their interior design journey.

With starting any business there are a lot of trial and errors, my biggest struggle is getting my name out there. I have tried many failed advertisements on social media to gain more followers and brand recognition, I have even paid for magazine articles in local communities. Since my business is so new, I don’t have a huge budget for advertisements, so I personally reach out to designers and try to get them to notice me. This has been my most successful way of getting clients, but it can also be a bit demoralizing when I am ignored or promises are not kept. I have found just trusting myself and leaning into my support system keeps me going.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in the suburbs just north of Chicago. There are a lot of amazing things to do in our beautiful city, one of my favorite things is renting bikes downtown and taking them along Lake Michigan! The lake looks more like an ocean and the view does not disappoint. When people visit they are always excited about the touristy things like seeing the bean or sear’s tower. I also enjoy going to a good comedy club in the evenings. There are so many wonderful places to eat downtown too. My favorite way to spend time with people who are visiting is cooking for them, sitting outside, playing board games and simply being together, talking, sharing stories, and reconnecting.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could not have created my dream lifestyle without the support of my amazing mother and loving fiancé. My mother, Amanda Savage Brown, is my greatest supporter and role model in my life. I look up to her and seek her advice at every turn. My fiancé, Jack Bernin, only wants the absolute best for me, I would not have been able to take this leap of faith without his support because it greatly impacts both of us. His continued belief in my success keeps me going even on the hard days.

Website: https://www.savagedesigner.com/

Instagram: @msavagedesigner

Facebook: @msavagedesigner

Image Credits
One image is in collaboration with Kitchens By Design by Jill and another is in collaboration with Wilk Design Group.

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