Meet this month's #Ladyboss Alyson Nailah Fraser Diaz
The graphic design industry like many others suffers from gender inequality. Even today female designers get paid less, hold less senior positions, and are under-represented on stage at industry events. Despite all of that, women unapologetically continue to create agency for themselves in the graphic design world. The #Ladyboss blog is our way of honoring their achievements, contributions, and advice.
Name: Alyson Nailah Fraser Diaz
Location: Montclair, NJ
Business Name: Alyson Nailah Designs
What does your business do? Graphic Design and Custom Calligraphy
Why did you start your business? What inspired you or what need did you want to fill? I started doing calligraphy and brush lettering as a hobby a couple of years ago. I was working at a nonprofit at the time and calligraphy was just something I did as a creative outlet. As I started to share my work on Instagram friends and family started asking for custom pieces and I decided to turn it into a business! Eventually, I decided to get a certificate in graphic design to pursue a more creative career and now my business encompasses both calligraphy and design.
Where can people find more information about your business? People can find more information about my business on Instagram @alysonnailahdesigns and on my website alysonnailahdesigns.com
What woman in your life inspires you the most? My mom inspires me the most. She is the president/CEO of a non-profit. Seeing her do so many amazing things in the community inspires me to want to work for myself and create a positive impact.
What is one piece of advice you'd like to share with your fellow female entrepreneurs? One piece of advice I would give to my fellow entrepreneurs is stop trying to be like everyone else! When I first started my business I was so worried about fitting into this box that many calligraphy artists fit in. I soon came to realize that just wasn't me! Once I started embracing the direction I wanted my business to go and finding my own style, more opportunities began to open for me. So my advice would be, stay true to yourself and carve your own path based on what your passions are.