10 with a 10 is a weekly interview series featuring strong women who run their gigs like a boss.
I've posed 10 questions, stopped laughing and crying long enough to snap a Polaroid and will be putting their interviews up every Monday to promote their hustle with a wide community that should know about them.
This week, the wonderful Alyssa Yuhas is up.
1. What do you do and what does it give to people?
I'm a designer who works with bloggers, small businesses and magazines, most recently Darling Magazine. I take the visions of creative people and make it come alive visually.
2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?
Lately I've been giving the advice, not only to myself, but to everyone,
"Trust your gut."
Often times, your gut is telling you to turn something down or say yes to a big opportunity that's scary. It's so hard, but I've been walking that out more lately.
I don't trust my gut all the time, especially when it comes to work stuff. I can think there are certain steps in business, but sometimes your gut wants to do something crazy.
3. How do you rely on others to make you better?
Everyting is better when you collaborate and work with others. When you let people into what you're doing, they come at it with a different perspective, a different set of eyes. So what you've created might be good, but if you let people in, you could create something great.
4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?
Buy a house in downtown Toronto. If you live in Toronto, you totally understand why that would be the first thing.
5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else (ambition, success, discipline, pressure, money, reputation, attention...)?
I love to create.
I was lined up to be an engineer, so, good money, stability, all that.
And those things are still a part of my day to day drive, but at the end of it all, I love creating and working with businesses making their visions come to life. I love communicating visually in a really strong way. Ideas get me really excited so getting to work with people that have those big ideas is incredible.
I would find another job if that wasn't what I was doing.
6. Do you like when people ask you, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?"
No. In the creative field, something can change so quickly and an idea can come up so fast, you could move across the country and make that decision and it can happen in an instant.
I am trying to figure out the overarching vision for my life, but whether it's now, in 5 years, or in 20 years, I know I want a strong family, a strong marriage and a happy, healthy, vibrant son, so as long as we're together, that's all that matters.
7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?
What is my vision?
Where do I want to be?
Do I want to be in Toronto?
I'm always asking the bigger questions.
8. Are you spontaneous?
I want to be, but I usually cry. Haha!
I feel like all the spontaneous things I've done, I've done alone. For example, this one time I went to New York, I bought the ticket an hour before it left off and I cried the whole way to the airport, even though I wanted to go.
Sigh, I'm a planner.
9. Do you fail the same way?
I fail monumentally all the time, but I do learn. I have oldest child syndrome, where you just have to achieve and accomplish, but I don't feel like I fail as often at the same things, over and over again.
I learn and try to grow ... but I don't even know if that's all true.
10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?
When I think of Paul Newman, I only think of salad dressing, so Robert Redford.