We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Steward and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, how do you think about risk?
The biggest risk I have taken has brought my life onto one of the most adventurous and fulfilling paths. As we are all maturing, life has a way of pushing you into a mindset of walk the line or you might fail. When I quit working for others, I ironically gave myself the ability to truly succeed. I got to know my trade inside and out and after that I knew my new path would be a calculated risk worth taking.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I really love having the freedom to create my personal artwork while also using my commercial set of skills to become apart of my Tampa community. I am proud of my balanced set of artistic skills. Learning the very commercial trade of leatherbrush calligraphy has given me the ability to adapt to any economic market. I can create affordable custom pieces by hand in minutes while providing entertainment at the same time. In any country, city, or town, I can set up my tiny tent and pay my bills. Finding a semi permanent place at the Tampa Zoo has given me a sense of stability I have never had since leaving my previous employer. When you work for yourself you can become your best asset or your own worst enemy. You need a sense of self discipline to make a small buisness work. I want the world to know that I am doing it my way. From my personal paintings to the artistic way I pay my bills.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Best nature spots: Hillsborough River St. Park, Silver Springs, Chase Animal Sanctuary. Food: Bernini’s, Thai Thani, PomPomsSt.Pete Museums: Dali museum, Orlando Science Center
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother was a 5′ 100 pound women who started her own buisness in the male dominated propane industry. She overcame polio as a child had a huge heart and bright spirit that not only inspired me, but everyone who knew her. She is the reason for every step I have taken.
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