Meet Megan, founder of West Coast Dreamers, freelance dancer, choreographer, creator, and teacher. Originally from San Jose, CA, Megan grew up dancing, crafting, and teaching herself how to make things. She went to San Diego State University where she studied dance and started West Coast Dreamers during her fourth year. She is now choreographing, teaching, and working on expanding and building a platform for her beloved company, West Coast Dreamers.
1 | Tell me about your company… What does your company do?
West Coast Dreamers is a San Diego based outfit specializing in hand-crafted dreamcatchers, wall hangings and macrame. Owner, Megan, started this company 2 years ago in hope to spread love and inspiration through her creations. Each handmade piece is unique, exclusive, and truly meant for the dreamers they end up with.
2 | How long have you been in business or developing your brand?
A little over 2 years
3 | What are some challenges you have faced being an entrepreneur?
My biggest challenge as an entrepreneur has been figuring out how to do this all on my own! I of course have incredible supporters and friends who help me out a ton, and I also partnered up with my best friend for a year when we lived together in Brooklyn, but now I’m back in California running this on my own and it can be a lot of work!! All that work is totally worth it though – I have so much fun doing this, but it definitely takes a lot of effort to try to make something successful. It’s really taught me a lot and I feel like I still have so much to learn.
4 | How much has social media impacted your business?
A ton!!! Social media has been my main way to get a following and make sales. It helps so much when I post a picture of one of my newest creations because I reach a larger audience on my social media platforms than I do just solely on Etsy
5 | What makes you unique to other professionals in your space?
My passion for creating things for other people, and making their home decor dreams come true. I love trying new things, I love when people ask me to make something specific because it pushes me to keep learning. I’m constantly learning as I’m making pieces and running this company, and I think that’s so fun.
6 | What advice can you give to your fellow millennial entrepreneurs?
Catch every dream you can! Dream big and work hard to make things happen. If you don’t try, then you won’t get to where you want to be.
7 | Bossfidence is all about finding your bliss and building your confidence, how did you know that you needed to branch out from your comfort zone?
I had been making dream catchers as a hobby for a long time now, and one day I looked at all the ones I had made and thought to myself, “I want people to have these!!” I had already given out custom ones to friends and family as gifts, so I thought I would try selling them. Creating my brand and aesthetic was super fun, and everything came together perfectly, which is why I think it was the right time to create this business! I really found bliss when just making the dreamcatchers for fun, but now I find SO MUCH bliss when I hear about how customers love their piece or how perfect of a gift it was.
8 | Who is your biggest influencer or inspiration?
My biggest influencer and inspiration is my mother, Starlette. She is very crafty as well and is all about her home decor, which is probably where I got all my skills! I learned a lot from her growing up, just watching her so excited about her new purchase for her home or trying to figure out where to hang a certain sign. She’s so passionate and creative and I hope to be as inspiring as her one day!!