Gia Ciliento is the founder and creator of The Brush Bar.
“The Brush Bar, a paint and sip concept, is an experience based business located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. We embrace a relaxing, stress -free environment where creativity knows no bounds. In a group setting, let our talented artists guide you through creating a masterpiece of your own. Connect with friends, family, or colleagues as we paint, laugh and make memories.”
AZF: What is your “life motto”?
GC: I wish I could say…”Enjoy the little moments”.. or “Live, Laugh and Love”, but it wouldn’t be true. I spend a lot of time trying to control things around me, which is a terrible habit, but I’ve started asking myself, what’s the worst case scenario? If I have a game plan for that, then I feel like I can conquer anything.
AZF: Did you always know that you wanted to be entrepreneur? If not, when did you realize that it was the right path right for you?
GC: From an early age I was always trying to find a better way or another way. I challenged everything and have always loved creating something from scratch.
AZF: How do you feel best supported?
GC: A strong team. Whether it’s at home, in business or in my friendships, the people I choose to have in my circle can have the biggest impact. It’s continuous work, but completely worth it.
AZF: What motivates you to keep going amidst of the challenges that come with being an entrepreneur?
GC: When things are hard, I remind myself that if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. A challenge becomes a new goal or opportunity to adapt. Nothing is ever the same, which is a big reason why I love this life.
AZF: Describe your perfect Saturday morning.
GC: A fun morning workout with some friends, a giant cup of coffee and then some yummy breakfast with my boys.
AZF: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a young entrepreneur who is just starting out?
GC: Just go. You’ve got an idea, who cares? You’ve got an idea and some action…now we’re talking. It’s easy to find excuses when we’re scared or nervous, but if you can push through that little bit of uncomfortableness, you’ll be amazed what you can accomplish on the other side.
About The Foundress
The Foundress is a creative community of female entrepreneurs established by Coley Arnold and Lindsey Holt, owners of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. The women-led networking group currently has over 120 members who receive exclusive access to mentorship from experienced female entrepreneurs and industry leaders; community gatherings that feature expert speakers and the opportunity to connect with like-minded women; as well as monthly Mastermind Groups where members can brainstorm and collaborate together.