We had the good fortune of connecting with Kadie Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kadie, what do you attribute your success to?
I think it was in my first or second year of business that someone recommended that I read a book called the E-Myth. It was a huge catalyst in helping me transition from just seeing myself as a freelance graphic designer to a creative business owner. I started to invest in business coaching, hired an accountant, made an actual business plan, and took myself seriously. When I started taking myself seriously, my clients did too.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a designer, I’m very inspired by typography. I’m an avid reader and book lover, and my experience as a graphic designer has given me a sensitivity to how stories are set up to be read. So much about the layout of a book, the font choice, the size and length play into the experience. I bring this love of storytelling and design to my branding clients, and I think it’s what sets me apart as a brand designer.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I will always have a soft spot for the Oak Cliff neighborhood. No weekend adventure is complete without an americano at Davis Street Espresso, browsing Beatnik Fine Goods, strolling through the shops in Bishop Arts, and having a mezcal cocktail at Jettison.

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?
The E-Myth by Michael Gerber

Website: www.dropcapdesign.com
Instagram: @dropcapdesign

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