We had the good fortune of connecting with Cammeo Murray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cammeo, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Before I decided to start my own business – I was at a crossroads in my career. I wasn’t feeling fulfilled anymore in my role as a digital media supervisor on the ad agency side. I was completely burnt out. I also knew I wanted to start a family and working 60+ hours a week with travel every other week was never my idea of what motherhood would look like for me. I admired the women who chose to climb the corporate ladder and seemed to find a way to manage it all, but I just knew at the end of the day it wasn’t for me. I had an opportunity to work for LAmag.com as their digital marketing manager, and for me it was the perfect shift that would allow me to take on a rewarding role with a boss who was very supportive of me starting something I was passionate about. So I launched my style blog Cammeo Head to Toe and began taking on friends/coworkers as clients to start honing my personal styling skills. Fast forward a few years and I was a new mom standing in front of that same crossroads I faced before. I decided it was now or never, so I quit my job, and we moved back home to TX where I threw myself fulltime into my blog. I expanded my content to include motherhood, along with beauty reviews and home decor (since we had bought and fixed up our first home). Looking back, I don’t regret any decision I made because it all led to me working up the courage to branch off on my own.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I think back on my career, I think what sets me apart are all of the twist and turns I took to get me here. We all face crossroads in life and it’s how we choose to either continue down the same path we’ve been on, or dare to take a risk for the chance to experience something new and exciting. Now not all of my choices led to excitement, and some of them were flat out the wrong choice to begin with, but it’s like my late dad always said “Regret something you did, not something you didn’t do.” I’ve moved to some of the biggest cities in America – New York and Los Angeles, and learned how to start over and take new risks each time. Some may just think that came naturally for me, but it definitely wasn’t easy. I grew up in the same suburb of Houston my whole life, but after attending college at The University of Texas – I realized how empowering living life on your terms can be and I committed myself to that. I wasn’t going to worry about what others thought I should do, or move to – because at the end of the day, you have to live with your choices. I feel like that has served me well throughout my career, both on the corporate and entrepreneurial side of things. I’ve found that if you stay true to yourself and continue to set goals, then you will never remain stagnant. Life is ever-changing and fluid so as long as you lean on those you love when times get hard – you’ll make it through the tough times.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One thing I’ve loved the most about blogging is that I’ve made some lifelong friends – some that I’ve never even met in person! Some of my closest blogger friends and I have a pact to take a trip at least once or twice a year to a city one of us lives in or a place we’ve always wanted to go. The last trip they took was to Atlanta and I was so sad to miss it, but our next trip we’ve talked about having here in TX. If my friends came to Houston I would definitely take them to all of the best Tex-Mex spots like the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, or El Tiempo. We’d then hit up all of the unique shops on Montrose and Kirby, followed by a stroll along Buffalo Bayou and explore the park. I grew up going to the Theater District with my parents and it’s where I first discovered my love for performing. Although not many shows are happening right now, it’s still worth walking around and making a stop by Frank’s Pizza – a favorite spot my high school friends and I used to eat at when we’d sneak off to Downtown. Now that I live in Clear Lake, I love taking friends to the Kemah boardwalk and stopping by Space Center Houston or the Rocket Park for a little taste of history. If we had time I’d also drive down to Galveston and The Strand to show them my fave places I went as a kid and now where I take my own family.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my former boss and friend I mentioned who supported me from day one at Los Angeles magazine – Tracy Seng. When I interviewed with her, I’ll never forget, I was so intimidated by her confidence and straight forwardness, but I also quickly recognized a drive in her that I knew would teach me more in life than any job could. Those are the types of people only a few of us are so lucky to have as mentors in our life. She not only pushed me professionally to always dig deeper and explore possibilities, but she encouraged me in my personal life as well. She knew I struggled with wanting to pursue my love for fashion and styling, so when she saw I launched my blog, instead of warning against it or worrying that it would take away from my current job – she enthusiastically praised me. I was shocked and relieved all at once because I knew I had her full support. A couple of years later I became a mom and even though she never had children of her own she was still able to put herself in my shoes and guide me through all of the struggles and triumphs of what it’s like to be a working mom. I always wished someday I would be able to thank her for what often ends up being a very thankless job as a boss – but she will always mean so much more to me. A friend. A confidant. A mentor. A link to a recent podcast featuring Tracy – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/building-brand-marketing-mastermind-tracy-seng-part/id1542095376?i=1000506083465
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