Victoria and I recently took time out of our Sleek schedules to appear in a video for Red Magazine’s #ThisIsASmartWomen week and we wanted to share with you how we make the most out of the difficult task of juggling both life challenges and career highs and lows. Having chatted and filmed with the Red team, our go to fitness mag Women’s Health picked out five of the key messages we shared with them that you can take on if you’re thinking about changing your career or starting your own business. We hope it gives you some inspiration and determination to keep up the amazing work you all do in and out of the Sleek studio… after all our Sleekers are already Smart Women and you inspire us right back.
Victoria Marr and Flik Swan created Sleek Technique online ballet fitness training after retiring from professional dancing, it wasn’t easy but in their words they ‘did it and [are] still doing it.
1/ BE PREPARED TO LEARN NEW THINGS
You may have been an expert in your previous field but if you’re changing your career, remember, with knowledge comes power.
Flik began ‘When I did my degree in Literature it gave me a different type of confidence. I was doing it part time, while I was dancing.
‘It was a real boost outside my dancing career.’
2/ DON’T BE AFRAID TO FEEL FOOLISH
Victoria is upfront about how out of your depth you can feel; ‘It’s terrifying coming from the top of your profession right down to the bottom.
‘Neither of us wanted to look silly, neither of us were used to that position.’
Flik added, ‘We came to it as professional women who knew a lot about theatre, dance, training our bodies. But when it came to the technical things…
‘Our website streams not only videos by live classes, we knew what we wanted things to look like but when we told our web designers, the language that was coming back!
‘There were meetings when we’d be nudging each other thinking “what was that?” and then we’d go and look it up.’
3/ YOU NEED ENERGY AND DETERMINATION
The energy that saw Flik through a degree and working as a professional dancer is something she thinks is essential to their success.
‘Energy is really important and both Victoria and I have quite a relentless energy; sticking with it, staying on a path and seeing through to the end.
‘We have determination unlike many.’
4/ HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF AND YOUR IDEA
Flik reflected on their first meeting, in a Wetherspoon’s in Coventry and how far they’ve come: ‘We had a great idea, and we knew we’d created something great but you don’t know how anyone will receive it.
‘We could have carried on as we were but we went for this, deciding we’re going to entrepreneurial, we’re going to put our money into it and make a business just for women.
‘I spent my twenties worrying, but now I think providing you keep your focus in the right direction and you’re good too yourself and the people around you, life has funny way of putting you on the correct path.’
5/ BE GOOD TO YOURSELF
Victoria found retirement from dancing quite difficult to accept and anyone who feels defined by their career can understand how easily this could happen.
She explained: ‘I lost a year when I finished and retired. I really underestimated how much that would affect my sense of identity.
‘I wasted a year looking backwards instead of looking forwards on all the great things to come.’
At the same time, ‘I don’t think either of us would be happy to roll over and say, well i’ve had the best of it. I’ve done what I always wanted to do. That’s it.’
See you all online soon, F&V