Central MA Up + Comer: Entrepreneur Ivania Nicole
Thursday, December 05, 2013
SW: Can you describe your career?
IN: It’s a lot of fun. It gets very busy and chaotic with a lot of stress at times, but I love every moment of it. I am the founder of the local beauty pageant Miss Central Massachusetts. After a successful inaugural event in 2010, the winner will now participate in the Miss Massachusetts USA pageant. I also created Exclusives boutique, "where music meets fashion", which is re-opening its doors on December 7. In addition, I put on numerous events.
What’s the best thing about your job? Your life?
My life is spontaneous! At any time I can receive a call with a great opportunity and a life changing experience, both for career and personal life achievements.
Can you describe a day in your life?
Well it depends which day it is, but there’s never a dull moment. Its fast, fun, and a lot of hard work. Once you see what you have helped to create, it makes it worth every minute of that hard work!
What is your dream job?
I feel like I’m already blessed and grateful and living my dream job, but I'm not done reaching my life long goals yet.
What is your favorite movie? Why?
I have many favorite movies, but I do love Sex in the City. They showcase four independent, strong, and successful women and it reminds me of my friends since we are all fashionistas!
What music do you listen to?
I listen to everything, but right now I'm in love with Lana Del Rey.
What’s your favorite networking site?
My favorite is Facebook since you can create business pages and promote it through your personal profile.
What do you do away from your career?
Spend time with my family and travel! I love to travel!
Are you involved with the community? If so how?
Who or what is your biggest influence?
My biggest influence is my mom. She raised me with a strong work ethic. My boyfriend, Jimmy Kang, is such a source of support and he helps me to create my businesses. He is also my partner in both business ventures!
What is a fun fact few people know about you?
My friends say I am an incredible risk taker and I love to live life to the fullest. I live every day like it is my last.
Whats your favorite quote?
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" —Audrey Hepburn
What do you think creates success?
Personally I think hard work, dedication, passion, and drive is what you need to create success. You need to stay strong and consistent.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Married with children for sure. Someday I would like to create a foundation dedicated to unprivileged children.
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55 Salisbury Street, Worcester
The Worcester Art Museum, often referred to by its acronym WAM, is the most acclaimed cultural attraction in the city of Worcester. The world famous "classic American museum" contains over 35,000 pieces of artwork spanning over 5,000 years. Currently on display is [remastered]: A reinstallation of the Worcester Art Museum's paintings from the 16th-18th centuries provides a new look at Old Masters.
25 Sagamore Road, Worcester
The Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery, in conjunction with Worcester State University, is committed to "sustaining craft as a vital part our community" through education, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. They are currently holding its Holiday Festival of Crafts 2013 this weekend.
25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg
The Fitchburg Art Museum is one of the cultural treasures of North Central Massachusetts. Though not quite as famous as its cousin to the south, the Worcester Art Museum, the Fitchburg museum still houses an impressive permanent collection of art spanning 5,000 years. Check out their current exhibition: Still Life Lives! - A celebration of the vitality of the still life tradition and its themes of beauty, bounty, darkness, fragility, and fleeting moments, which runs through January 14.
38 Harlow Street, Worcester
The Sprinkler Factory is a unique gem in Downtown Worcester and a true center for all the arts. Once a manufacturing plant, the Sprinkler Factory now provides space for individual artists to form their own studios and contains areas for music, dance, and other fun activities. The massive atrium on the second floor in the middle of the complex is available for local artists to show their work. The public is welcome to browse the artists' studios and galleries. An upcoming exhibition entitled Indoor Games , runs from December 7 through January 25, captures the spirit of creativity during the winter months.
960 Main Street, Fitchburg
Since its opening in 2008 by founders by Ann and Peter Capodagli, the Boulder Art Gallery has been committed to showing original and vintage paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures from the region's most talented artists. A true variety of work from both new and established artists is on display in a multitude of mediums and styles; check out oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Many pieces are also available for purchase.
660 Main Street; 657 Main Street, Worcester
The Aurora Gallery and the “GArtH” Gallery of Art at the Hadley are run by the organization ArtsWorcester, and both show the work of local artists, many of whom are members of the group. For a list of current and upcoming exhibits, click here and here.
44 Portland Street, Worcester
Since its founding in 2006, the Davis Art Gallery has made it its mission to promote the Worcester art community and create awareness of the local creative culture. One of the ways the gallery does this is by showing the work of local artists in a great variety of different mediums. Currently, you can see an exhibit by Emily and Robb Sandagata; Unearthed, which runs through February 7th.
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