We had the good fortune of connecting with Dawn McKee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dawn, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over” -F. Scott Fitzgerald I love this quote because starting over is a HARD decision to make. Having done it in my mid-40s, and doing a complete 180 in my career, was something I felt tugging on my soul for many years prior. Once I did, although it was scary, it was liberating at the same time. People tell me that I am an inspiration to them, but I don’t understand that. I feel like anyone can do it, and at some point God just gives you the strength that you need to take that leap! To be the person you want to be, and doing what you want to do, lives in all of us. Sometimes we just need a little push!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When The Bubble Tap Trailer arrived on the scene in Dallas, no one had ever heard of the concept. The biggest challenge was educating people on the ins/outs of having the trailer at their events.. I am so proud of the attention the trailer has gotten over the last year. We have had some great social media exposure, television appearances, and we’ve been in numerous magazines. It isn’t easy to get the exposure we have gotten, and for that, I am truly grateful! I also think it is important to point out that many events, especially during the first year, are truly for exposure. New businesses need to understand the concept of not making money that first year. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have ANY sales, it simply means that you will spend more than you make, because you will be doing or giving away services for free in exchange for the publicity, or the experience! Overhead expenses still exist, like payroll, car payments, rent, etc. so you need income, but sometimes, while the business is growing the money isn’t always freely flowing! New business owners need to consider that, and not give up when the times get tough…and they will!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I absolutely love outdoor spaces and patios! I would for sure take my guests to all of the best patios in DFW! There are some with great views of downtown, some with live music (my favorite), some with traquility, and some that just feel like a backyard! I love The Rustic in Dallas, The TruckYard on Greenville Ave., I also love The Bishop Arts District with the restaurants and shopping, as well as Trinity Groves’ patios and porches with the amazing view of downtown from across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The Sound is a good place for music, and Thursday nights at Lake Ray Hubbard are AMAZING in the Summer with their concerts by the lake series!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank sisters Jennifer and Nicole Disotell. They are the founders of The Bubble Tap Trailer Co. They dreamt up this amazing concept in Los Angeles. I pitched myself to them, asking them to consider the DFW market if they wanted to expand this way. They took a chance on me, and the rest is history! I also want to thank Tinsley Merrill. She is a co-founder of The Pairr Experience. She and I hit it off early on in my Bubble Tap journey. She hired me multiple times for her experiential marketing company, and allowed me the opportunity to do some really fantastic events in front of some amazing brands and companies. Many of those events have parlayed into other business relationships that I still capitalize on! Big shout out to Tinsley and Pairr!
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