We had the good fortune of connecting with Moriah Durrett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moriah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Early on, I always knew I wanted to serve people. I wasn’t sure exactly how but I knew that sitting behind a computer screen daily in a cubicle would never work for me. My undergraduate degree is in speech language pathology and I loved being an essential part of a child’s growth. Communication is key and it is a life skill that some people are not born with. Once I felt the rewards of progression with my client’s speech, I found where I belonged. As time progressed, I began to have a connection to the special needs community and decided to pursue ABA therapy, which is an evidence based treatment for people with autism spectrum disorder. As anyone could imagine, working with children with autism, sometimes very severe autism, was not easy. There were times where I thought I wouldn’t be a good fit for this field but the longer I did it, the better I became at it. I’ve always had a natural rapport with children and that gave me many advantages in my career. Once I became a “pro”, I was sought out by many companies and from word of mouth, I began to provide respite care for the special needs community. The Perfect Piece DFW was born because I wanted to provide rest for families of children with autism and provide a place of tranquility for all. It is still the focus of my life and business today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My greatest strength is that I am never content so I am always seeking certifications and continuing education courses that would be helpful to me in my career and business. Right now I am currently enrolled in about 6 courses to obtain certificates in various areas. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, business has been slow due to safety risks, which is totally understandable. So in this time, I find it best to use my time wisely while I have the opportunity to better myself so that I can be of better service to my clients once they want to resume services.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I am a big foodie and arts gal. I love visiting the Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum, and art shows. I am also a big fan of live music and concerts, so that would definitely be on the itinerary. My favorite place is The Free Man in Deep Ellum, they have amazing bands almost every night of the week and the food is heavenly. Excellent staff and great drinks! Truck yard is somewhere I love to take visitors to, the backyard feel of that venue is amazing and so are the cheesesteaks!
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 am nothing without God. He is and will always be the biggest shoutout and supporter ever. He gave me this gift and everything in my life has been an act of love from Him. It takes a village truly. During my entrepreneurial story, there are so many people who have been pivotal in my success. I can’t begin to name each of them out of fear of leaving someone out. My family has been a great support from day one, my friends and colleagues have also supported me. I’m truly thankful for every referral, review of services, and words of encouragement and advice from everyone that’s in my life.
Moriah Durrett, The Perfect Piece DFW