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Member Spotlight: DawnMarie Strausser


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Having It All Running a Successful Business as a Full-Time Mom

full-time mom

DawnMarie Strausser

Company: Explore Modeling
Arts / Modeling
Title: Actress / Model/Talent
Location: Jacksonville, FL


NAPW: What is your profession?
Strausser: I am a Model and Actress. I also run an online consignment shop. Prior to this, I was an Assistant Executive Director at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, which I loved! The nonprofit sector is very near and dear to my heart. Although I have changed my career path, I am still involved with some nonprofit organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association-Jacksonville, DSAJ (Down’s Syndrome Associate of Jacksonville) and the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.

NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?
Strausser: It was always a dream of mine since I was 16 years old. I pursued this career for a short time from 1989 to 1991. But I gave birth to triplet sons and decided that being a mommy was much more important that any modeling or acting job that would’ve come my way.

NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?
Strausser: Receiving my bachelor degree while being a full-time mom, and working a full-time job!

NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?
Strausser: There are actually four people who I admire most. First, and foremost my parents. My dad wanted my mom to be a stay-at-home mom (as did my mom, she couldn’t imagine anyone else raising her children), so my dad worked two jobs to provide for my mom, my two sisters, my brother, and I. We always had “everything” we needed, and most of the things we wanted. So they inspired me to be a hard worker, to raise my children in a loving and nurturing home. And he always encouraged his children to further our education so we wouldn’t have to work more than one job to live comfortably. Second, I admire Martha Stewart because she is an amazing woman, who has accomplished so much in her life and in her career. She has done it with dignity and modesty. She has encouraged and inspired me and so many women that I personally know so I can only imagine the women she has inspired across the U.S. I also admire Steve Jobs. He had a vision and he made it happen and he never looked back. He was a very business driven individual, yet he still had a heart! He was altruistic and that empowered me to be the same. He has given me the motivation to create a vision for myself, and go for it. Don’t look back! Achieve that vision, then create a new one and go for it!!

NAPW: How do you define success?
Strausser: I truly think that success is based on individuals themselves. I don’t think it’s one of those words you can really define as a whole. I would say that “individual” success is when you reach the goals you have set for yourself. If you set goals and don’t work towards them, or lose interest in reaching them, get distracted and lose sight of them, you won’t reach your own success, and you won’t be happy.


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