Interview with: Lauren Probst
Business: Closet Consultant – Mobile App
Samantha Schell: So what is the concept of Closet Consultant?
Lauren Probst: Closet Consultant is designed for working individuals to organize their closet through a third party— that being their phone— and has features for pairing clothes for trips, like putting outfits together, sharing outfit ideas with friends, ordering new clothing items through the app, and so much more. We are really excited to be getting off the ground.
Samantha Schell: You said we, so I’m assuming there are more people involved than just you?
Lauren Probst: Yes, my friend and I have the tendency of coming up with pretty awesome app ideas, Closet Consultant being one of them.
Samantha Schell: That’s awesome. How did you come up with this one, specifically?
Lauren Probst: Well, just like all girls, we’re always asking each other what the other is wearing and this app allows you to put together your whole outfit and then your friend could see it. You literally itemize your closet on your phone, it will be a girls best friends, I’m telling you now (laughs).
Samantha Schell: I know I’m interested! On a more business related note, what role, if any, does a business plan play in building and launching an arts company (as a business pursuit)?
Lauren Probst: I think it makes or breaks you pretty much. If you go into something without a plan, what do you expect to get out of it? You don’t know. Which is why a plan of some kind is essential. It gives you a path to follow and keeps you organized without you even knowing.
Samantha Schell: What three pieces of advice would you give aspiring artist entrepreneurs about planning?
Lauren Probst: One: give yourself enough time. Planning takes time. The actual development takes time. If you don’t give yourself enough time, it becomes rushed and turns into something you don’t want. Two: go with your gut. Three: never question your ability. Once you start questioning your ability, and just yourself in general, everyone will then start to question you also—you don’t want that ever.
Samantha Schell: What do you believe are necessary qualities, if there are any, for artist entrepreneurs to possess or develop?
Lauren Probst: The way you present yourself is huge. Be confident in who you are, and also communication is a huge thing. If you cannot communicate clearly with other people, you need to take a step back.
Samantha Schell: Thank you so much for sitting down with me today and letting me ask you a few questions! Do you mind if this interview is posted for others to read and enjoy?
Lauren Probst: No, not at all! Thanks so much.