This week, Azazie had the absolute pleasure of hosting Bianca Venessa in Azazie’s headquarters, San Jose, California, for a day full of fun in the sun. No, we’re not talking about a sweet beach day, we’re talking about Azazie’s very first Casting Call photoshoot! The day was full of dress changes and posing in different locations, but we were able to steal Bianca away from the hustle and bustle for a few moments between shoots to get to know this girl boss better.
As a Californian, Bianca is no stranger to sunshine and fun times. She lives with her boyfriend and their new rescue pup in San Diego where she spends her time working in the front office of the local hospital or making art in her Pinterest-worthy art studio. She does all kinds of art, from designing the pattern on her backpack to painting her friends and followers with bright and vibrant colors. Creating things is truly part of her being.
But perhaps what’s most amazing, is that Bianca is a girl boss in more ways than one: she started her own business, Pink Easel. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Pink Easel offers open-ended workshops where people can come and create art with watercolors and acrylics. At these workshops, everyone is an artist as Bianca breaks down the projects into little steps that are easy to follow.“Pink Easel is my baby child that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always wanted to have an art studio where people can just come create and learn different techniques and take classes that aren’t really the norm as in typical watercolors and acrylics. We have this class called Camp Crappy Crafts where we get together and it’s BYOB (Bring your own paint) and all the adults get together and make silly crafts that you do at camp when you’re a child”.
As we listened to Bianca talk about her company, it was easy to see how passionate she is about her company, and how much she loves doing what she does. “There’s no competition. There’s no feeling like you’re not as good of an artist as the person next to you. It’s just about coming together to network and just be around people who enjoy the same things as you do”.
“I told myself this was the year I was going to start doing things I really wanted to do, and I’m not going to be fearful of it”.
Many of those around us are often fearful of the obstacles we face in pursuing our dreams, and we were floored by how courageous she was in the building of Pink Easel. We asked Bianca what life lessons she’s learned from following her dreams, and what advice she can give to those who are struggling to do so. “Just start little by little. It’s doing one thing every day to get to your ultimate goal. For me, for a long time, it was just drawing one thing a day. Before you knew it, I was working on bigger and bigger projects”. And now she’s teaching others to let their creative juices flow in her own business!
After the photo shoot, we asked Bianca to sit with us and take some time to decompress after a long day of posing in front of the camera. We asked her what her favorite part of the photo shoot was, and what Azazie means to her. “My favorite part had to be seeing how everything came together. I’ve never been part of a photo shoot so it’s cool to see how there are so many moving parts. Hair and makeup, the photographer, and of course all of the Azazie staff who made everything run smoothly”.
“To me, Azazie took on the meaning of inclusivity in wedding and formal wear. I’m able to pick out style of dress and know it’s in my size”.
Saying goodbye to Bianca was bittersweet because we had so much fun dressing her up and joking around with her, but we knew she needed to get back to her bae, pup, and company back in San Diego. But we made lots of good memories together and got so many awesome pictures of Bianca looking so fierce in Azazie dresses. Until next time, Bianca! Much love from Azazie! ❤️