Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Cara Jackson. I’m originally from Monroe, Louisiana, but I’ve been in Nashville for almost 9 years. I’m a former intellectual property lawyer, but last year, I started a business management firm for fashion designers and creative businesses. The simplest way to describe what I do is that I’m a part-time CEO.
Do you have a favorite aspect of your job?
It doesn’t feel like a job, so that’s one aspect I love! Another thing is that I get to work with incredibly talented people who are passionate about what they do. I get so much energy from helping a creative who has a killer product or idea and the drive to do the work that needs to be done.
What does self-care mean to you?
To me, self-care means turning everything off for a bit and doing something for myself. Sometimes it’s an hour of yoga or just making myself a healthy meal at home. And sometimes I wake up and it’s Friday and I realize that I’ve been running at full speed all week, so I’ll book a massage or a manicure over the weekend. I definitely have to be much more intentional about it nowadays.
What inspired you to start your own company?
There were several things. First and foremost, I wanted to find a way to put my legal and business skills to work so that I could be helpful to the people and brands that I admire in this town. Being part of the Nashville Fashion Alliance as it formed up and took off was definitely inspiring. And as I was thinking and planning and asking a lot of questions, I had great encouragement from my mentors and from people in the creative community, too.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a Girl Boss and what encouragement can you offer an aspiring girl boss?
Have a plan. If you have an idea that you think is really great, then take the time to build a plan around it. You’ll be much more focused, confident and better equipped to navigate the roadblocks that you’re undoubtedly going to encounter.
It's summer! What's your current theme song?
I just discovered John Paul White’s album Beulah, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be in heavy rotation on my late-summer/early fall playlist.
Thank you, Cara!