Today we are in the presence of movement, dance and theatre greatness, with Lisa Minett, former Head of Movement and Dance for NIDA, who now runs an amazing studio in Seddon. Combining the best of barre, pilates, yoga and dance to help women stay strong and healthy, Lisa is a powerhouse of inspiration and energy.
I wish my mama had told me about this before!
Tell us about your business – when did you start it and what is it all about?
My Mama Said opened doors on July 13, 2015. I’ve spent my life as an actor, dancer and choreographer. I’ve seen the benefits that having a strong connection to your physical presence can do for people professionally and personally. Unfortunately, most of the training out there cares little about your progress and is uncertain about how to nurture the unique beauty that lies in each of us. I wanted to offer a safe group fitness alternative where you can train in all styles of mind/body workouts.
What inspired you to start your business?
I had been working with actors as a University lecturer for the past 6 years and was tired, burnout and frustrated. I wanted to share all that I knew about movement with people in an environment that was more fun and friendly. I grew up in Williamstown and have always wanted to return and open up my own studios so i can share all of my knowledge with the people in my community.
What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting off?
Focus in on the product – which for me was to deliver quality classes.
What was the most difficult part about starting your business?
Finding out I was 8 weeks pregnant a week before I opened!!!! Probably keeping it small to start. Not trying to do the bigger plan stright off. Let the business build.
Can you name the biggest lesson you’ve learned about running your business?
There are so many extra little costs that you simply forget about. Also, people will ask what seems like ridiculous requests to you. If you can accommodate them, then just do it. You are providing a service to them, not to yourself.
What has been the biggest sacrifice you’ve made in starting your business?
My husband and two year old daughter. I work a lot at night and that means less dinner and down time with them.
What is one thing you wish you had of known before you started your business?
That it will all work out in the end and you will never stop working to drum up business.
What has been your biggest success so far?
The clients who have been with me since day one are inspiring and gorgeous human beings and i would never have met them if I didn’t open the studio. Watching them grow and glow is so rewarding.
After a long day/night/week what do you do to unwind?
I have a massage whenever I can. I’m also partial to a little flutter on a Saturday!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still helping people discover the amazing abilities that lie within the mind and body.