Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsy Valencia.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kelsy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As funny as it sounds Miami Writes Co. happened over night, not even kidding!
Everything started on February 14 of this year. This being my first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, I told myself I wanted to do something different and creative! So what does every typical girl do when they need ideas? Take their talents to none other than Pinterest! After endless searches and looking for ideas I came across this unique lettering and told myself, Man! How can I learn this style of lettering!” My whole life I’ve always been creative in my own way, but I have to thank my dad for this talent that I have because he’s quite the artist himself!
After endless searching I found out it was known as modern calligraphy! I must admit the piece came out pretty decent for trying the calligraphy out for the first time! After finishing up his gift at close to midnight, I decided to illustrate little quotes and sayings that I would come across. I ended up sending pictures off to my best friends to see some reactions and their responses were all positive vibes. As I showed my boyfriend his gift he stopped me and said “is this really your hand writing?” Surprised at his reaction, I responded “I swear!” as he began saying, “oh no, we need to do something about this!” Sure enough he was right!
Since beginning my journey with this business a few months ago, I have had the great opportunity of creating and collaborating custom pieces for places and venues such as Mama Tried Bar Miami, The Greater Miami Jewish Foundation, and one of my favorites, Neutrogena, just to name a few. I actually just wrapped up some events this past week that you can all catch on my Instagram!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
To tell you the truth my clients are the main reason for the smooth road Miami Writes Co. has had so far, they have been nothing but amazing! It’s definitely not easy creating a business because countless times I would tell myself, “alright Kelsy, we just finished this huge project or this huge event… now what?” Sure enough, I’ll receive a new direct message or notification and there would be a new customer or a returning client coming back for more. Luckily, we have amazing support from friends and family as well which have helped the company avoid or detour from any possible hiccups.
I can say starting up a business at the moment sounds like a great idea, but it does take time and may not be the easiest but trust me you can do it! I already have so much on my plate that when I told my mom what I wanted to do all she could say is, “if you want it, go for it!” YES it does takes over your whole life. My only struggle as a business owner is time! I really do need more hours in a day! Luckily, I have the best co-owner, which is my boyfriend who helps me out with so much! At times it can be hard managing a relationship and running a business but when your both goal driven it just works!
It wouldn’t be a business without struggles but luckily I have such amazing supporters that I’m still in shock with the outcome of Miami Writes co.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Where do we begin, Miami Writes Co. is a business based on Modern Calligraphy that brings clients dreams to reality with a hint of that Miami Flavor! My business specializes in custom calligraphy work on all platforms for all event needs. The majority of my work is concentrated in the Engagement/ Wedding area although I have worked with an array of clients for most if not all occasions. Some of my previous work stems from marble coasters to glass wedding mirrors, even the occasional Graduation cap.
I think what I am most proud of as a company would be the amount of exposure that has come from all the social media posts and influencers, it’s pretty crazy how fast word travels but social media flies!
As far as setting myself apart from other it really hasn’t crossed my mind because I truly believe that everyone is talented in their way. Funny that you mentioned this, I’m currently in talks with another Miami based calligraphist for a collaboration which I’m excited to see how that will turn out, but overall here at Miami Writes we’re all about collabs!
What were you like growing up?
This is a really tough question because if I could put myself in a time machine and see myself back in the day I’d pay major bucks for it!
I know growing up I always loved to be creative! As I ask my mom this question she immediately tells me that when it came to art, I was quite the painter with all of her nail polishes, and even until today she has all my art work from childhood showcases at the fair expos to paintings exhibited around at other schools! She also emphasized that God forbid I didn’t color inside the lines it would really frustrate me. As she finishes telling her stories about me, I feel that I’m still like that with my work today, organized yet very detailed. I love to send my clients sneak peeks of the work to just see their reactions because I am probably my biggest critic. It could be one letter or even a smudge, if I don’t like it on my canvas I’ll go ahead and redo the whole thing.
I feel that growing up I’ve always been different in my own way. I’ve known at a very young age that I’ve always wanted to start my own business to make others happy! I do come from a family where both my cousin, a well-known DJ here in Miami, and my dad who’s owned a business for over 20 years now. I knew I’ve had a business mind set in me for quite some time but I’ve had some trouble getting around it. I may have started a little late but I still feel that being 26 years old is still a huge accomplishment!
- Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/miamiwritesco
- Email: THEMIAMIWRITES@GMAIL.COM
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miamiwritesco
Danielle Margherite Photography (dmargherite)
Nicole Gonzalez (project_NM)
Annabel Meija (mediabyanna)