Today we’d like to introduce you to Casie Fischer.
Casie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Well, my story is a touch adventurous, a bit like my spirit. I moved to Scotland with my family when I was seventeen years old. That move shifted everything for me and really helped mold the person I am today. I went to Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and for my final year had an amazing opportunity to work for a fashion and lifestyle PR firm in London. With that experience, my love of fashion and events blossomed. I’ve had the pleasure of executing events within the wedding, fashion, lifestyle, and oil and gas sectors for the last 15 years. I am so thankful that my talent for creativity has allowed me to develop a thriving business across such varied industries.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It is no surprise that the experiences we value most are not always the experiences that are easy or comfortable. Two weeks before my wedding I was laid off from an oil and gas company where I was executing global events. It wasn’t necessarily a shock since we all knew the market wasn’t doing well at the time, but it caused me to reevaluate what I truly wanted my career and quality of life to exemplify. I decided at that moment working for anyone else was no longer satisfying and that I wanted to pursue my creative passion for owning my own business. To this day, it is the best thing that could have happened to me professionally. Thanks to my husband, my friends, and my family, I have a huge support system that is overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the endeavor and has been since its inception. Entrepreneurship can be daunting, but as I tell others, it is worth the investment. For women wanting to pursue this path, my advice would be to be true to yourself, embrace what makes you different, and don’t force it! I personally feel like things will come when the time is right, and you need to be ready to embrace success. If you are passionate about something and you are investing in it with complete dedication, it will come. I became a mother to a gorgeous little boy fourteen months ago, and while it was an incredible gift, it has certainly been a huge learning curve for me both personally and professionally. As someone who has always moved from project to project at a hectic pace, motherhood has helped me to slow down in a good way and has inspired me creatively. It truly made me focus on the things that bring me joy, the things that I am good at, and the things that I can leave behind. Being an at-home working mother is a challenge, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Thistle Wynd Productions – what should we know?
I love my craft and I’ve had great opportunities come my way. I have planned C-level fishing trips in Alaska for oil and gas executives, managed talent for the Houston Superbowl, organized runway shows, produced events for large technology companies, and worked with sweet couples and their families to plan the biggest day of their lives. No matter the event, there are some things that remain constant: my love for connecting with those that I work with, wanting to really dive into the details, and ensuring that I am a steady rock in the midst of what can often be a whirlwind. As a company, we focus all of our marketing efforts on exposure from executed events, publicity from styled shoots, and the generous gift of word of mouth to promote the business. We are continually honing our skills in the realms of project management, client services, and event planning and styling.We pride ourselves on having developed a unique balance of creativity and a business-savvy approach consistently informed by a driving focus on customer service. We love being the connector that merges various elements.
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Growing up with a father whose successful career in the energy sector demanded significant travel, my family and I had quite an opportunity to travel the globe. I will be forever grateful to my parents for allowing me the opportunity to explore this world and for always being huge supporters of my endeavors. This is something that my husband and I really want to pass along to our son. Learning from other cultures, making friends with those from various backgrounds, and making time to serve those that are in need are all things that founded a deep-rooted love for wanderlust and exploration in my soul.
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