Meet Erin McDermott


MEET ERIN MCDERMOTT

NOTHING INSPIRES US MORE THAN TWO WOMEN, HELPING EACH OTHER ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS.

MEET THE SECOND HALF OF VDA & CO., ERIN MCDERMOTT.

ERIN IS THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM, VDA & CO. AS WELL AS A MOTHER!

FROM REARRANGING FURNITURE AS A YOUNG CHILD TO NOW TRANSFORMING HOMES OF HER CLIENTS, ERIN IS PURSUING HER DREAMS AND IS LIVING PROOF THAT IT CAN BE DONE!

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? ARE YOU FIRST-GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, COME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY, ETC?

SECOND GENERATION

WHAT WOMEN (OR MEN) INSPIRE YOU? WHY?

AMBER LEWIS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER. SHE HAS BUILT AN AMAZING CAREER IN INTERIOR DESIGN AND BUILT IT FROM THE GROUND UP. HER CREATIVITY AND DRIVE IS SOMETHING I WISH FOR MYSELF.

DID YOU PURSE A HIGHER EDUCATION? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF SO, WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND AND WHAT WAS YOUR DEGREE?

CHICO STATE WITH A BA IS ART WITH A MINOR IN INTERIOR DESIGN

WHAT DO YOU FOR FOR A LIVING? IS IT WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE DOING 5-10 YEARS AGO?

INTERIOR DESIGNER. OWNER OF VDA + CO. YES, I HAVE ALWAYS WORKED IN THE DESIGN WORLD.

HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR PASSION IN LIFE? IF SO, WHAT IS IT?

YES I HAVE! BEING A MOM AND OWNING AN INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANY IS MY PASSION.

WHAT EVENT OR MOMENT OCCURRED THAT LED YOU TOWARDS YOUR PASSION?

GROWING UP, I WAS ALWAYS REARRANGING THE LAYOUT OF MY ROOM AND MOVING AROUND ALL THE FURNITURE IN THE HOUSE. ONCE IN COLLEGE, I FOUND OUT THAT I COULD GET A DEGREE IN INTERIOR DESIGN. THAT WAS A LIFE CHARGER AND I NEVER LOOKED BACK.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ONE KEY ELEMENT OR EVENT THAT HELPED TO GET YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

VERY SUPPORTIVE PARENTS! THEY PAID FOR MY SCHOOL AND ALSO GAVE ME A SMALL LOAN WHEN I FIRST STARTED MY COMPANY.

WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? IS YOUR IDEA OF SUCCESS DIFFERENT FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION? 

THE OLDER I GET I REALIZE THAT SUCCESS TO ME WILL ALWAYS BE PURE HAPPINESS.

IF YOU ARE TRULY HAPPY, THEN EVERYTHING ELSE WILL FALL INTO PLACE.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAILURES, WHICH IN RETROSPECT, TURNED OUT TO BE LEADING YOU TOWARDS A BETTER DIRECTION?

MY DIVORCE WILL ALWAYS BE A LITTLE BIT OF A FAILURE TO ME BUT IT WAS ALSO THE THING THAT KICK-STARTED MY DRIVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL FINANCIALLY.

WHAT IS A QUOTE YOU LIVE BY? 

BE PRESENT

IF YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER, THIRTEEN YEAR OLD SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? 

IT GETS BETTER, THEN SPECTACULAR AND THEN IT SUCKS AND THEN IT’S AMAZING AND THEN IT’S KIND OF BORING AND THEN IT’S AMAZING AGAIN.

 

 

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