(Source: Photographed by Molly Winters.)
Claire Zinnecker
After spending time gaining experience, Zinnecker started her own design firm. For those looking to start up on their own, she advised, "being a small business owner is full of daily lessons and struggles. I overcome them by telling myself 'it isn't personal, it's business', not sweating the small stuff and talking it out with mentors and people I respect who always give me great advice."

Her main piece of advice for inspiring designers is not to give up. "I worked so hard for years. I learned under incredible talent and because of that, I am who I am today. I wouldn't trade those dejected days or sleepless nights for anything," she says. "If it is something you love and you want to give your all to it then you will succeed."
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