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I am Italian, but was born and raised in Germany; made in Germany from Italian parts!
I am a professionally trained legal secretary and worked very hard to become the Office Manager of an international law firm (Harden, Wells & Smith).
In 2009 I opened Stuttgart's first Cupcake store "The Cupcake Boutique" (my brand, not a franchise).
I am also the owner of DRD4 Music, a recording studio and music label, where I produced and published two albums with my artists "Matteo Dinero" and "TC Dalton". TC Dalton won the German Rock & Pop Award in December 2017 (American country music).
I am also the mother of three amazing children age 4, 5 and 10.
My main talents lay in project management, creative problem solutions, being an entrepreneur and in taking people to the next level. Many people say about me that "God broke the mould"!
I am a very creative person; I love fashion, food and interior design along with photography and travel.
During my time at The Cupcake Boutique, I also offered workshops and taught my kitchen staff the secrets of cake design.
At DRD4 Music I planned events and managed artists. I produced two music albums and two music videos. I did a lot of promotional work and was in charge of presenting my artists on stage. I love to sing, which I do on an almost daily basis. I never performed in public other than our karaoke studio, but this is on my list of things to do next.
I like to laugh! Comedies are one of my favourite things to watch. My favourite stand-up comedian has been George Carlin.
It is in my blood to try new things and to make them a success.
I speak fluent English, German and Italian.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Vanessa. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
I enjoy learning new things, and I always go out of my way to succeed. When I don't know an answer to something, I make sure to find the correct answer, no matter how long it takes. I love challenges because they make you grow as a person. I once worked for an American who didn't speak any German. My English language skills were ok but not great at that time, so I spent my entire spare time learning English to be able to give him the support he needed. I am known for being dedicated, on top of things and to fulfil my promises.
Vanessa, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Blogger?
My passion is to motivate people, to think outside the box, to try new things and to never give up. I started blogging when my personal life was upside down. Life has so much to offer, and I just wanted to keep being part of it. So I put myself out there and proved to myself that no matter what happens in life, I can get through it and make a difference.
Who is your inspiration in life Vanessa? How do you stay inspired as Blogger?
I get inspired by my kids and people who have a positive outlook on life despite what negative things happened to them. Being a Blogger is genuinely inspiring because you can reach out to and connect with so many people who share your interests.
I get inspired by music. My favourite singer and inspiration are Ed Sheeran.
And food! Yes, food inspires me. I love to cook and to try foods of different ethnicities.
We all make mistakes Vanessa; we wish we could take back. What was the error you made in the past that you want to you can bring back?
I wish I would have been more confident about who I am and what I want. I should have been more tolerant in certain circumstances.
Vanessa, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I am a team player, and therefore, I do my very best to please the client. I do understand how a client thinks based on many years of experience as Office Manager and as the owner of my cupcake and music businesses.
I focus on the needs of the client so that I understand precisely what the client is looking for. This gives me the chance to participate in a meaningful way. It's important to me to be able to integrate myself in any project that is given to me.
Please tell us, Vanessa, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I do believe that family is the essential thing in life. But it's also important to me that I participate in social life and that I have a career that fulfils me. A right work-life balance is most effective on all levels.
Vanessa, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I was working with one of my artists on his first album when he started singing an English language song. He stopped and said he was worried that he couldn't perform this song because his English was not good enough. I promised him it would turn out great using me as his coach. He was very reluctant at first and didn't believe that he could succeed. After some practice, he managed to sing the song correctly, and we ended up publishing his album with 3 German and 3 English songs. He became a lot more confident about himself, and that alone made me very, very happy!
Vanessa, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Blogger.
When my article got published for the first time from "momsaroundtheworld" and when Model Citizen Magazine discovered me.
Vanessa, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or challenging about it?
When I was working at my music label, one of my artists had to go on stage to perform, and I was there as his manager. The moderator suddenly backed out, and there was no alternative other than me presenting my artist on stage. Despite my racing heart, I found the strength to go on stage and to focus entirely on what my artist was all about. I managed to engage the audience with my presence and presentation. This was proof to me that when you genuinely believe in something you can succeed because everything you do comes right from your heart. It was a very successful presentation, and in the end, I was pleased about having had the chance to present my artist on my own, very personal way.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Blogger?*
You need to find out what your passion is. Once you find it, you will succeed in becoming a Blogger because you do what you love. You need to be exciting and connect with your followers. If you dedicate your time, passion and efforts, combined with patience, you will succeed.