Bianca Harris is a content creator and makeup artist in Toronto. She's also the founder of Women Inspiring Passion and Purpose (WIPP). Bianca has always had a passion for uplifting women and starting WIPP was the perfect place for her to showcase that. Since launching the first event in November 2015 and the second this past summer, Bianca has made WIPP a household name. Bianca recently launched "The WIPPED C.R.E.A.M Podcast" that will only leave you wanting more. She is what Toronto needs right now, a woman that is on a mission to ensure that women get their stories and successes told.
What inspired you to start Women Inspiring Passion and Purpose?
To be completely honest I think it was a mixture of hearing women complain about being stuck in jobs they hate and simply wanting to create a space for women to talk openly and support each other.
What do you hope to achieve with WIPP?
I want people to leave with real tangible tools for how to start or reinvent their careers. Being inspired is wonderful, but you have to know what to do with it once the spark has been lit.
How do you balance being a professional makeup artist with WIPP?
It's really difficult. Both require all my time. Asking for help is the most important thing. Trying to do it all on your own is not the way to do it. It will leave you drained and unfulfilled in my experience.
What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
Being an entrepreneur means working for yourself—having your own vision and building your own team. Some people like to be the leader and that works, others may feel like that isn't their role. In both worlds it's OK. You can be your own boss while still working for someone else. For me personally, it means being able to lead a team effectively within multiple businesses.
Where do you see yourself or your business in the next five to ten years?
Five to 10 year plans aren’t generally how I operate . . . I would love to continue with WIPP and my YouTube career. But that can change—who knows! I'm free to take it day by day and be present wherever I am. As long as family and friends are present, I'm good.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue their dreams?
Don't take no for an answer. Just keep going. Just because someone says no on Monday doesn't mean the answer will still be no on Tuesday. Keep reaching for what you want and let rejection slide off like it didn't happen. Ignore all the roadblocks and look at them as a bump to get over instead of a dead stop.
Do you regret any mistakes you've made?
I don't have any regrets or mistakes I beat myself up about. I don't really think about that. You should be too obsessed and too busy focusing on what you want to worry about that. My only regret in life is quitting dance!
Why do you love what you do?
I just love being able to work with my friends, to create what I want. To not limit myself to some box or idea of what someone else thinks.
Who (or what) is your motivation to keep going?
I want to have the freedom to travel and be creative. I'm an ideas person so that's what keeps me going: having ideas and seeing them come to life.
If you had the opportunity to collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
I'd love to collab with i-D magazine and different people in terms of my event. I'd love to have guests like Kim Cattrall, YesJulz—maybe even someone as big as Rihanna!