(Jac Bowie photo credit by Brent Leideritz)
Me – Hi Jac Bowie, thanks for participating. It’s hard to know where to start – you’ve been a childhood model, radio personality, entrepreneur, social influencer and marketing guru, lipstick designer, founder of business in Heels and a creative producer and producer of burlesque shows.
Q – How Does Jac Bowie find the energy and motivation with each new project or career path shift?
It’s funny, I have reinvented myself more times than I can count. I have boundless ideas and loads of energy. My real issue is channelling it into one thing at a time! My skill set really, if you strip it right back, is online marketing. I’ve been able to apply that to many career paths and achieve success.
Q – What have been the biggest hurdles of the past and how did you pick yourself up and move forward?
Probably bad partnerships. Had a few business partners take advantage of my naivety, and learned to be much more structured in my business and IP.
Q – What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Business in Heels was an incredible business, and with the new owners, it’s still continuing to help women connect and prosper all over the world.
Q – How do you balance being a wife, friend, mother of two plus all the other work you do?
This week I haven’t at all! I think as you get older you choose to invest your time more wisely so have found myself in a fantastic place now where I am surrounded by supportive, amazing friends. We are all spread out all over the world, but Facebook helps that a lot. I am juggling a day job, startup, another radio course and about to buy another business, so a lot on my plate right now. But my kids and hubby are very supportive and we maximise our time together on evenings and weekends.
Q – Any regrets through your career?
Yes, allowing a business partner for RED by Jac Bowie lipsticks to run off with an idea close to my heart. Luckily I keep having more ideas!
Q – What have been your career highlights?
- Getting Business in Heels to 15 franchises in 3 weeks.
- Receiving 300+ applications for The Burlesque Ball in its final 2 years
- Judging Miss Exotic World in Las Vegas
- Meeting Richard Branson and him seeing something in me.
Q – What would you say to a 21-year-old Jac Bowie now?
Don’t stress, you’ll get to try all these amazing ideas out. There’s no limit!
Q – If you could only have 4 beauty products what would they be?
- You’ll be impressed Di, back to my Chanel phase. LOVING their Lift Lumiere Foundation.
- My MD Facial cleanser, I am a glycolic addict and somehow my sensitive skin thrives with it.
- Kylie Jenner shared this tip, and it’s the best. NIVEA sensitive skin aftershave balm, amazing as a moisturiser / primer.
- Lancome mascara, I like them all. The tip is to buy the 3 pack at duty-free so you are tempted to open a new one after 3 months.
Q – How did you get into the Burlesque scene?
I loved the aesthetic and it was only underground at the time in Australia. I took the idea and applied it high production mainstream.
Q – Having so many social media followers and people who know of you, you open yourself up to trolls online. How do you stay resilient and creative and not become jaded?
You grow thick skin after time. I had a well-known burlesque girl in Australia attack me online once, based on incorrect information, and it was absolutely soul destroying. 90+ comments of people attacking me. I took that one to heart. But I’ve learned to toughen up since then. I’d be more worried if they stopped talking about my projects!
Q – Favourite lipstick brand and shade right now?
CHANEL – Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque (when I want colour pop)
CHANEL – Rouge Coco Stylo in 216 Lettre (when I want natural)
Q – I’ve read that a discussion with Richard Branson was a pivotal moment in your life. Can you expand on that conversation and why it inspired you?
I met him quite a few times during my time as a Flight Attendant with Virgin Australia years ago. At an event, I told him one of my original ideas, (an events company specialising in Fashion Parades) and he encouraged me to go into business.
He said “We’d never want to lose you Jac Bowie, but for God’s sake woman, go start a business!“.
Q – Can you tell me what you are focusing on now and how can women benefit from your coaching and mentorship programs through Flourish?
I’m split 50/50 right now. By day I manage online content for 15 radio stations across Victoria & South Australia
My other hat is Flourish, where I help coach women in business in online marketing. I do private coaching and online courses.
My programs give business owners easy to follow, killer tips on online marketing, so they can nail their blogs, sites, social media, marketing, sales funnels and productivity to get more sales
Q – How did you manage as a single mum?
I was lucky enough to work at home for 12 years, which worked incredibly well for our family.
Q – Who is the person that you most admire and why?
Probably Marie Forleo, she’s nailed Online Marketing.
Q – Most embarrassing moment?
I have them weekly?! Announcing the winner of Miss Pole Dance Victoria as Miss Burlesque Victoria. I got muddled up which comp I was MCing!
Q – How would you describe your fashion style?
At the moment – trying to minimise the muffin top! I’ve gone more conservative than vintage these days, although the pencil dress / skirt to knee still suits me best. I do hot rollers every day, so prefer classic / plain and more focus on the hair and makeup. The aim is Marilyn when she married Arthur Miller, although it’s rarely that good.
Q – What advice would you give to other women wanting to grow in business?
Get your head around online marketing, specifically sales funnels. Once you get the basics, you can apply this to ANY business or idea.
Q – In three words, describe yourself.
No dull moments.
Thanks for your time Jac, pleasure as always.
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