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Miniviews series - No. 66 with Dianna Allen
You’ve landed on the sixty-sixth installment of the Maker Miniviews (mini, two question interviews) series. Learn more about these maker interviews and view a list of all Miniviews.
Dianna Allen is an advocate for entrepreneurship and creativity. She’s creating handmade candles and sprays with her business and brand TERRA, and is a freelance product packaging designer. Dianna openly shares social posts and write-ups about both the up’s and the down’s of owning and running a small business.
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I'm a Maker Because...
Dianna Allen interview
What inspires you to keep making things?
What truly inspires me to keep making things and pursuing the dream of running my own business is my mom. She grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to America during her 20's. I feel that is such a powerful move by her, and it'd be a shame for me to not take advantage of the life I've been blessed with here in the states.
What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?
Everyone has different desires, but for me, I want to be able to make a living from my passion of candle-making. However, until then, I'm not quitting my day job and I would advise others to do the same. I'm taking calculated actions towards my goals all while still having the safety net of finances. It might be a slower process, but it's low-risk this way.
"I'm not quitting my day job and I would advise others to do the same..." — Dianna Allen
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"It'd be a shame for me to not take advantage of the life I've been blessed with here in the states..." - Dianna Allen