I am feeling very grateful this week and wanted to share with you, a write up about my recent achievement as an Ausmumpreneur Awards finalist. It is in the hands of the judging panel at present, but either way, I am proud and humbled. Read on...
Sydney resident, Josephine Lancuba of Musical Makers Club and Next Move Studios, has been named as a finalist for the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards in the "Creative Arts Awards" category.
The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The Women’s Business School celebrate and recognise Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
"I am a mum of two and the Creative Director of Musical Makers Club and its in-house Talent Agency, Next Move Studios. I’ve been working professionally in the entertainment industry for over ten years. Growing up I had always dreamed of performing and absolutely loved the buzz of being on stage in school musicals – that’s when I first caught the acting bug!
My passion evolved into directing and producing work and inspiring others to perform. So I formed the Musical Makers Club and devised programs where every child can be a star.
I love my role of managing professional youth talent but more importantly mentoring them, as I strongly believe in the social, emotional and physical benefits of performing arts training for young people".
Josephine is delighted to be named as a finalist and is proud of her achievements, particularly the recent and swift pivot to transforming a stage production of Peter Pan, to the world's first self taped musical movie 'Peter Pan Breaks The Internet!', made by and starring kids. In addition to that, she has written an original musical production called UNITUS, which engages children covering contemporary topics, such as social distancing and the new pandemic world (with a sprinkle of magic of course).
There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Josephine explains, “Growing up I had it tough and didn't always have the support or resources to follow my passions. Now as a mum, I am proud that I can be a shining example to my children, to live a life that fulfils me and them.
Truthfully I don't always get the 'work life balance' right, that is why I aim for a 'work life blend', where both can happily co-exist. As a mumpreneur you can't always make your child's band concert or school showcase, but you do your best and as long as you carve out time in other ways, you can achieve a happy home and work life, whilst still being present for your kids”.
It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Josephine gives this advice for others thinking about starting a creative career or business.”Never allow others to dictate your path in life or creatively. Do what feels right for you. Your gut is usually right! There are so many myths out there but there is enough room for everyone in this industry, no matter who you are or what you look like. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Most importantly, do not let others dictate your worth. Allow that star within you to shine". - Josephine Lancuba