We had the good fortune of connecting with Chauncey Sims and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chauncey, how do you think about risk?
As a business owner, I recognize how risks play a great role in one’s success. Recently, I took a large risk in quitting my full time job in order to put all of my energy and time into my business. Initially, I wasn’t sure how this decision would fair or if it was even the right decision at all. It seems quite illogical, especially in a pandemic, to eliminate job security and income. However, I truly believe it was one of the best decisions I have made to date. I’ve set many goals for my business for the year and although we’re only 3 months in, I’ve seen a noticeable difference in reaching each mile marker and have confidence that I’ll surpass my goals simply because of a great risk. It truly gives the phrase “from great risk comes great reward” a new meaning.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
C. Elise School of Music is an Atlanta based business. We teach music lessons to musicians of all ages in order to grow their passion and appreciation for music, provide a foundational skill that will boost brain development, and afford each person the opportunity for a well-rounded education. We’re different from other businesses because we’ve used the pandemic to transform our business from in person to virtual without losing value, instructional time, or personal connection. I’ve known for a long time that I have too many opinions to work for someone my entire life. I realized a while ago that I wanted a music school in order to teach private lessons in a way that includes theory and a whole brain approach. When I started teaching lessons on the side of my full time job, I realized how much joy and energy it gave me to share the gift of music. I was afraid to add on more students and put myself out there as a business because my full time job was draining and I assumed I wouldn’t have the energy to devote to those students that they deserved. Once I shifted my focus, I tripled my clientele and realized I could pursue it full time. Although it was scary, I quit my full time job to make what I love my focus and I haven’t looked back. I’m so proud of the struggles I went through because they’ve made me and my business what it is today. I’m excited to look ahead as we’re growing rapidly and will continue to expand the brand to have a bigger impact.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals so some of my favorite breakfast spots are: Another Broken Egg, Thumbs Up, Breakfast at Barney’s, West Egg, and Atlanta Breakfast Club. Some of my favorite date night spots are Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, CineBistro, Lure, Eight Sushi Lounge, and basically anywhere with live music. During the day with our family we love parks, playgrounds, and the children’s museum. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The biggest shoutout I would have to give would be to my husband Darrin. I’ve not only been blessed with such an intelligent and successful husband, but one that is incredibly supportive of me and my dreams. He has been by my side through every decision and even encouraged huge risks because he understands the vision. I’m so grateful to have such a supportive husband. I would also love to shoutout my alma mater, Spelman College for those in the music department that helped me realize my musical abilities and pushed me beyond mediocrity.
Chauncey Sims, owner Rafi in lessons, Student(in green) Samarah in lessons, Student(in pink dress) Cadence in lessons, Student(in red)