"I Couldn't Find A Job, So I Started My Own Business" - Lacy Davillier
Lacy was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and is a graduate of Ursuline Academy. She attended New York University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Digital Media. She has studied and shown fine art photography in New York, New Orleans, and Paris and has a love for people and culture and a passion for capturing every beautiful moment on film. She started as a painter and moved very slowly and unwillingly toward photography. As digital began to replace film, she reinvented her practice to keep up with the times. With the help of an amazing family and set of friends, she started Davillier Photography & Graphics in the middle of a recession and has kept it going for nine years. Now, she sees her office as her darkroom and still finds beauty in everyday people and everyday life. She has been quoted as saying “I am blessed and thankful for the people I’ve met and the ability to say that everyday I do something I love. This is not a job or a career – it is a purpose.”
Quotes from our conversation:
"I feel like when you're an artist, they pretty much tell you lies your entire life; that if your product is good, people will buy it. That is not the truth. If no one knows your product exists, they can't buy it." - on the misconception about selling your products.
"Advertising is trial and error, and those errors are super expensive." - on learning your strengths and weaknesses.
"I graduated in 2008, which the country was in free fall. It was a terrible time to graduate. You either had to go back to school, or get really really creative. I was NOT going back to school, so I got creative"- on how she got into entrepreneurship.
"One of the things I didn't expect about entrepreneurship was how hard the business side of starting a business was." - on what she didn't expect about entrepreneurship.
"Customer service does not cost a cent."
"Ursuline taught us that we [women] belong, wherever we want to be." - on overcoming obstacles as a woman entrepreneur.
"When you work with the person you go home with, you end up taking work home. On date night we have a rule that we have 10 minutes to talk about work, and after that we can talk about anything BUT work." - on how she balances working with her fiancé.
"My biggest challenge has been having it all. I am a person that believes you can have it all. In college and high school, I WAS party girl. Do I still have a good time? Sure! But when work kept getting in the way, and wasn't turning what I thought to be enough of a profit, I really felt that I was not successful. "