Mandy Lancia.

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Edited by Bee Tomlinson 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having all of my favorite people around a table with really wonderful food. Most of my closest friends live in other cities, so it is not very often I can have everyone I love in the same space.

What is your motto?
I can’t say that I have a motto, but I do end up saying ‘I really love creative women’ a lot.

What is your current state of mind?
Stressed, but content. I’m currently in the midst of planning a handful of events that are occurring in the next few weeks, so I am trying to manage my time in order to make everything run smoothly.

How would you like to die?
I don’t often think about death, nor do I really like to. 

What is it that you love most about what you do?
The community that surrounds my work. I have always thought of myself as a connector, so it brings me so much joy to bring creative women together. Through all of the events and work that I do, I want to create a space for women to share their voices and their stories. When I can watch relationships form through work that I’ve done, I feel like I’ve succeeded. 

If you could have a conversation with anybody (alive or dead), who would it be?
My great grandmother. She passed away when I was a baby, but I grew up hearing stories about her strength and ingenuity. My family often tells me that we have similar qualities, so I would have loved to meet her and learn about her life. 

When did you realize that you wanted to be a creative?
I don’t think it was ever a choice. I am both creative and logistical, and that has really been at the forefront of my life since the beginning. I have always combined knowledge with creativity and that is the real balance for me. Most of my creative work helps other people as well, so I think knowing that my creativity brings something into someone else’s life helps me stay inspired. 

What motivates you?
Bringing people together. 

What do you love about being a woman?
My kinship with other women. The relationships that I have made with the women in my life bring me so much support, insight, and companionship, I couldn’t imagine not having that. 

What is your experience of being a woman, while also being a creative?
I don’t necessarily think that being a creative and a woman should be separate entities. I am a creative woman and that has always been the way I perceive myself and my life. I do think that being a woman that loves supporting other women has really impacted my creative work. I strive to do things that will better the lives of women in all that I do 

I don’t necessarily think that being a creative and a woman should be separate entities.