Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Marie Dizon.
Dana Marie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been passionate about crocheting/knitting. I’ve just never viewed it as something that I can transform into something more than a hobby until recently. I’m not exactly sure when and how it all started. I just remember creating a hat for my sister and her co-workers liked it so much I decided to start expanding my knowledge and skills. I did this by watching a lot of youtube tutorials. The next thing I knew, I was creating my own patterns and I started signing up for events which helped me showcase my work. Slowly but surely, my customer base grew.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
From a business point of view? It’s been tough. There’s no doubt about it. There was a time when I was losing more than I was taking in. Perhaps one of the biggest struggles I’ve had is selling alongside commercially produced products. Since their products come at a more affordable price, it is sometimes hard to find the right consumers to consider my product over their less expensive options. Nevertheless, I keep my spirits up by preferring to look through a different point of view; The view that not many people can see. Looking at this angle, I can say it’s been such an amazing adventure letting myself work on something that I am truly passionate about. My advice to young women? Dream with your eyes open! Find that less obvious angle, the angle that cannot be realized by anyone but you. This, after all, is a view that can only be found inside of you. Know your worth. Once you do, everything else will fall into its rightful place.
Alright – so let’s talk about your work – what should we know?
I create multiple things using yarn (Crochet and Knit). Although I specialize in making hats and scarves, I also try to get out of my comfort zone by creating other things such as handbags, garments, basket, and pouches. I think what I’m most proud of is the amount of care I put in creating each of my items. Before I send out a finished product, I make sure that it is something worthy of my consumers’ trust.
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Definitely! My mom was a vendor at a wet market when I was a child and she would often times ask me to watch our stall. This meant I had to learn how to compete with other vendors who were selling the same products as we were. I also had to learn how to negotiate proper prices for each merchandise that we sold. Apart from that, I think the most important thing is that my parents always supported me in everything that I chose to do. Their confidence in me is what always inspires me to take risks. I believe in myself because they believe in me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support.
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