Pop Quiz, Monday with Devona Stimpson

Success doesn’t happen, and it’s hard work thriving as an artist. So I’d tell them to build their own unique brand and to be patient, be consistent, do the work, and trust the process.

Devona Stimpson

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Devona Stimpson

Devona Stimpson
Photo credit: Devona Stimpson

What is your job role?
Artist & Creative Entrepreneur

Tell us about your company?
I’m the artist and designer behind Art By Devona where I paint beautiful, dope, one-of-a-kind artworks on canvas and walls. My style is colorful and abstract, and I paint mostly portraits, figures, and the abstract. I’m also the founder of gangSTAR* CREATIVE – a movement to help creatives thrive in both business and life.

What do you love most about your job?
There’s nothing better than having the freedom to create what you want. I’m blessed to be able to use the creative talents that I have to make a living. I also love that as a creative entrepreneur; I’m able to control my schedule and create a lifestyle of fun experiences.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I’m on a mission to annihilate the status quo of the starving artist. So I know that I have to be the change I wish to see in the world. I really want to help other creatives thrive in both business and life and the only way I can do that is by leading by example.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I currently work mostly by myself, but I have an assistant that helps from time to time. They’re a creative just like myself, so it’s always inspiring to bounce ideas around and see their creative talents shine.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I love having dancing breaks while I’m working. Dancing puts me in a happy place and keeps my energy high.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
As an entrepreneur, you don’t have the security of always having a paycheck. Sometimes it’s hard to find work consistently, and sometimes it’s even harder to have the discipline to do the work and hustle every day.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I helped build a branding company, Strive & Grind, with my husband. There was a point in time where we needed to scale and build out a team. We had the clients but was doing all the work ourselves. We then learned how important it is to create processes and systems that are easy for future team members to follow. We also learned it’s important to have a unique process documented to send every client through. Since transitioning out of that business to become a full-time artist, I now always make sure to document my processes and day to day tasks to make doing business more seamless.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Success doesn’t happen, and it’s hard work thriving as an artist. So I’d tell them to build their own unique brand and to be patient, be consistent, do the work, and trust the process.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


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