Libby Langdon, interior designer, product designer, speaker, You Tuber, came to the Designer Experience to share her wild wacky path to the present — a path which included modeling, acting, makeover TV, writing a book, a divorce, and more. In her funny, honest, and Libby-only way, she credits the day her first husband left her as the best thing that ever happened because it caused a major shift in her perspective and thus her path. "Don't be sad; it was a good thing," she assured us. "Time made me fearless and I thought, 'What's the worst thing that can happen? It just happened!'"
Libby has been putting herself out there ever since, taking things on when she wasn't sure she could do it, easing her foot in the door when people tried to close it on her, and continuing to move forward. She calls her social media activity "shameless self-promoting" and she loves doing it. Urging the 50 designers in the room to do the same, here are four Libby tips for taking one's design career up a notch or two... or even 10:
AMP UP YOUR VISIBILITY: You are your best p.r. person. Noone can sell you better than you, so turn it up. Start writing about projects; video yourself talking about your own projects and put it on You Tube. Update your bio every three to four months. Make a statement about who you are.
BECOME A RISKTAKER + STAY OPEN TO EVERYTHING: Put yourself out there in every possible way. You never know where the day will take you.
TACKLE GOALS + AIM HIGH: It's not enough to think it; write it down and make it real. Write down your goals for two years from now, for five, and for ten.
BUILD YOUR BRAND: Make sure your website and social media are up to date. Ask clients to review you on Houzz. Partner with local stores. Get involved in student programs and then call the local media about it.
And now, a few shots of Libby as she made the rounds during our first night dinner sponsored by Worlds Away at the Proximity Hotel. All photos are courtesy MaryAnn Luedtke Photography. MaryAnn is Libby's mom!