The Wedding Biz – 326: A Conversation With: CECI JOHNSON
“You go through that process of wait; this is going to be ok; we will just wear masks, be safe, have good attitudes, and try to remain positive, and then it’s like, wait, this is not going away soon.” Listen as Andy and his guest Ceci Johnson have a heart to heart conversation about the impact of COVID and how she feels like she is starting over again even though her business is seventeen years old, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.
Ceci is the Founder of Ceci New York, and now Ceci Palm Beach, which creates luxury invitations and custom design stationery and also has a beautiful online collection for home and gifts and she has also established exclusive partnerships and launched a lifestyle magazine called CeciStyle.com. Ceci’s clients include past presidents, The Ritz, Sean Diddy Combs, International royalty, Katherine Heigl, Hugo Boss, and so many more.
Listen as Ceci shares what she has been doing to stay creative during the slowdown, how she has kept busy expanding her company to include a Palm Beach presence, how she is creating the lifestyle brand she has dreamed about for years, and getting into fashion design by designing masks with her art on them. Ceci believes that if you set small achievable goals, it will bring back your positive energy.
Ceci talks about rebranding her company and her series on IGTV. She has taken this time to set herself up so that when this pandemic is finally over, and life and events can resume, her company will reap the benefits of having a forward-looking vision and being ready for what people will desire in the future.
Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.
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[02:53] Welcome back, Ceci!
[05:22] Ceci speaks about how the pandemic has impacted her business.
[08:28] Ceci shares how hard it’s been.
[10:23] “As a creative, I miss the collaborative energy in the room.”
[12:05] Andy discusses a form of journaling that he started in the 90s and has resumed doing since the pandemic.
[15:21] Ceci shares what she is doing to stay creative and grow her business during the slowdown.
[20:13] Ceci discusses being strong for her team and finding ways to expand the path she has always been on.
[21:38] Ceci takes us through the timeline as she created the lifestyle brand she has dreamed about.
[23:56] Ceci talks about her collaboration designing masks with Nuage Designs.
[27:07] Ceci shares she had to pick herself up from the floor, be strong, and get through because failing was not an option.
[29:22] Ceci believes that you get your passion and positive energy back when you set small goals that you feel you can achieve.
[31:19] Ceci speaks about rebranding herself and starting an IGTV series that shows her creative process.
[34:05] Thank you so much for being on the show!
Links & Resources:
Ceci Johnson Episode 94 on The Wedding Biz
Ceci Johnson Episode 223 on The Wedding Biz
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