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Interview of Shaz from Bamba Bamba by Freya Bennett

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My name is Sharon and I was born in San Sebastian, Spain. I came to Australia for a six-month holiday in 2012 and here we are in almost 2022… I am a multidisciplinary artist, I love making things with my hands and I absolutely love fashion – fashion is where I am comfortable.
Tell us a little bit about your business:
Bamba Bamba Collective was born in 2018. I was trying to explore my creative side after a hiatus of many years. After working as a fashion curator 9 to 5, I quit my job and put everything I had into it, every penny, my soul, and all that it was to give. I always knew I was going to explore being a business owner, it’s all I saw when growing up and it’s what I ended up studying and pursuing.
I am also obsessed with color, I am a huge believer in the impact color can have in someone’s healing journey and wanted to create something color explosive to bring to an audience of like-minded people who love expressing themselves through fashion.

What’s the hardest thing about running your own business?

For me is working at home and being so isolated. Not having a person to bounce ideas with drives me a lil crazy but luckily I found people like me on social media which I can talk and vent.

I guess another thing is, as an artist, I didn’t know I was signing up for all those extra tasks that I dislike but I have to do. You can’t delegate when you are on your own.

What’s the best part of running your own business?

The best part is I can have my own schedule made for me and my mental health. And that has made a huge difference.

What’s the top tip you’d like to share with anyone keen to start a business?

You are going to sweat, you are going to cry, you are going to laugh but remember what brought you here. Be honest, be authentic. It’s hard running a bizzo but It’s worth it, it’s yours and you cry if you want to.

Oh, and have as many sources of income as you can within your brand, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

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Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine. She is a writer and editor from Dja Dja Wurrung Country who loves grey days, libraries and dandelion tea. You can follow her on Instagram @freya___bennett

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