Sakura Spotlight Series: Leah Rozendaal
Spotlight Series Q&A for Entrepreneurs
Leah Rozendaal is the definition of a GIRL BOSS. She has always been a creative and learned early on in her college career that she could learn a lot from the strong women she knew in leadership roles. It stuck with her and helped shape her into the savvy businesswoman she is today.
- Tell us a little bit about your business and what you do.
I am a videographer and own Leah Rose Productions. I film all types of videos ranging from real estate videos, dance recitals, weddings, promotional videos, and music videos. I also convert VHS tapes to digital for home movies for families wanting to preserve their memories!
- What made you aspire to be an entrepreneur?
I realized during my internships in college that I gravitated towards working for female entrepreneurs and learning their story behind their business. I am an enneagram 4 and yearn to put my own creative spin on my work to make it stand out.
- What is the one thing you wish you had known before starting your own business?
I wish I had known how much it becomes your life. It is hard to turn it off and on, especially when on family vacation. It’s not something that I can just “leave at the office” when I am done for the day. I absolutely love it, but it can be consuming!
- What has been the most successful avenue for building and growing your brand/business (social media, ads, word of mouth, referrals, etc.)?
Word of mouth and referrals! I interned at a bridal boutique in college helping with fashion shows and bridal shows, as well as photo shoots. At the age of 19, I made lasting relationships with vendors two years before I started my own business, and they still refer me 5 years later!
- What are the aspects of your business that you enjoy the most?
I love telling peoples’ stories. I love when viewers have an emotional reaction to my work. I love meeting people. One of the biggest compliments is when someone comments on a wedding video saying “I don’t even know this couple but I am bawling!”
- What do you love doing in your free time to refuel and have fun?
My husband and I love going out to the family lake house whenever I have some free time to go boating, and be with family. We love going on motorcycle rides in our new town (we just moved in April), and I love doing anything with our Corgi, Rosie.