Regina, Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Neighborhood: Madrid, Las Rozas Hometown/ country: Hungary Company and Role: Creator of Regina Csano Graphic Design Industry: Graphic design Tell us about your business, and what makes it special to you? I am leading a graphic design studio, working mainly with female entrepreneurs. Since I became a mom, my mission is to support other women. Tell us about the defining moment that propelled you to start your business, or follow your dreams. Ten years ago I was based in the UK working for a corporate IT company as a sales account manager. I wasn't happy in this role. I always wanted to do something creative and create my own company. It was still not clear to me what I wanted to do. Painting was my hobby, I was creating abstracts and portraits, but just for fun. I remember coming home from a tropical holiday with my husband and I felt I cannot take this job anymore. He encouraged me to quit my job and try something different. The following day I handed in my resignation letter. I rented a small studio, started a fine art course and for a couple of months I was just painting there. I sold some of my paintings, it was a good start. However I realised this is not exactly the direction I wanted to take. I applied to a university to start a new career in Graphic Design. After a while we decided to move to Barcelona and I got a job as an account manager. However a year later my project was closed and partly due to a personal issue I finally set up my own business and started to work as a freelance designer. What problem is your business solving? Why is this personal to you? Helping people to bring their business vision into life. I work mainly with female run small businesses to give them support and bring their vision into a visually clear end point that represents their brand. Starting a business is hard! In my own journey I realized this, but I have faith in my abilities and believe that my style is sophisticated and strong. That said, there are challenges and I support clients to get through it all from a design perspective and also by relating on a personal and emotional level. Tell us how you stay inspired as an entrepreneur. Meeting with new people, senior designers, traveling. Tell us about a defining career milestone or job that impacted your personal trajectory. Coming back after maternity, suddenly I came up with different business ideas. Tell us about a woman who inspired you.
I don't have a particular woman who inspired me. However, my mentor is someone with great passion for graphic design and she always brings creative ideas into my business vision. During the last ten years I have lived abroad and the energy transmitted by all the different types of people you meet while traveling inspires me. Even the life stories of all these individuals you encounter while living in different countries is something I draw from. Right now during lock down it is a little hard because it feels like I am missing that variety of voices and things are monotone. Do you feel you've mastered work/life balance? What could be improved or what would you like to work on? I am still trying to find the most effective way to juggle being a mom and a business owner. My son is very young and it's hard to manage since my husband and I are both living abroad without family closeby. Finding the balance that is good for the child and good for you is challenging because business goes on no matter what happens in your personal life, I am still trying to find this balance to avoid parenting guilt and to give my child enough attention. How do you release and unwind? Sport, travel, family time. What's the next big step for your business? I am increasing my team right now working with a social media manager and other marketing specialists to create a full service for new entrepreneurs not only in design. I am also launching a new product kit for bi-lingual kids. Is there a quote/mantra that guides you? Dream big! Social handle/ website: www.reginacsano.com @reginacsano