It’s past time we remixed the entrepreneur archetype. The tried-and-true definition of an emerging or aspiring business owner feels tired. The modern entrepreneur is a mover, shaker and doer who’s not content with simply breaking all the rules. Our 52 trailblazers featured in the October issue are rewriting the rules, tearing them up and doing it all over again. It’s creation at its purest, because the fruits of one’s hustle are not actualized overnight or by following one jet-lagged recipe. It’s no longer adequate to measure entrepreneurs by the brick-and-mortar spaces they manifest or the jobs they create. Those are all important elements but fall short of what it truly means to build something — often with blood, sweat and tears. Whether you’re revamping the vintage clothing industry, introducing a fresh dining concept, cultivating an advocacy-focused creative agency or advancing the cause of equality for the LGBTQ+ community, the only thing that matters is freedom — the freedom to march to the beat of your own badass drum. Read our full rundown of trailblazers here.
Sommer Moore is an interior designer for the design firm DesignCase, a company that focuses on hospitality design and impact design through their work. She understands the importance of space curation and creating comfort — all while always pushing for a better tomorrow.
Advice that keeps you hungry
I think about the saying, “We all have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé” a lot. I don’t think the literal saying is true because of the obvious, she’s a mega superstar with plenty of resources — but the saying to me is about her work ethic. I apply this thinking to my professional career as well as motivation for getting up for a workout, setting personal goals [and] choosing to make the effort to work toward them. Mixed with some grace, [this] is what I imagine she does to achieve success, so I’m doing the same.
Early bird, night owl or in-between
I’m definitely a night owl. The evenings, particularly after midnight, when the city is usually quiet [is] a time where I can hear my thoughts the clearest. I think the evenings for me stem back to my childhood: staying up late hanging out with my dad on the porch talking through a wide range of subjects. It’s just always great personal time for me.
Burning question for an iconic trailblazer
I’m a big fan of Elaine Welteroth. She was the second Black editor-in-chief at Condé Nast within their 107-year history at the time. She’s also a fashion icon and her outfits never miss. I would ask her about her journey in successfully exploring different avenues within her career. I love interior design, specifically hospitality, which is what I’m doing now, but I would also like to explore different types of design like theater and visual motion down the road. I want to discover how they all can be connected.
The current soundtrack to your life
The world, especially these days, seems to be moving so fast — consistently more every day — and I feel like I’m changing right along with it. I do, however, listen to “Freudian” by Daniel Cesar probably every week still. It came out in maybe 2017, but it’s always on repeat for me. I even try to take breaks so I never get tired of it, but it’s a pretty perfect album.