The stress, the fight, and the ugly of all the 2020 cancellations: Conversations with Sisters

Courtney and Dana unpack last week’s episode with Hair and Makeup Artist Nina McCaskey, and talk about the cancellations of 2020, the fight for respect from clients, keeping it all together for employees, and the reality of the chaos.

If you haven’t listened to the conversation with Nina McCaskey from Wedding Kiss, it’s the episode before this one, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast app.



Courtney Hopper: Welcome to Hustle + Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Courtney,

Dana Kadwell: and I’m Dana,

Courtney Hopper: and we’re two sisters who love business. On this show, we talk about the ups and downs of the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey.

Dana Kadwell: And we know all the challenges that come with starting a business between operating our own wedding venue, doing, speaking, and consulting and starting our luxury wedding planning company. We wake up and hustle every day.

And today we’re talking, just the two of us, about last week’s episode with Nina McCaskey, owner of Wedded Kiss, a hair makeup business in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you haven’t heard last week’s episode, go give it a listen and then come back to hear our thoughts.

Courtney Hopper: All right, Dana let’s get started.

Dana Kadwell: I think we’ve all kind of, I think when you get into 2021 It was like I don’t want to talk about 2020 anymore and it’s just so over the pandemic but I feel like really as an entrepreneur really shaped how we run our company, how we’re going to run our company in the future.  I was really grateful to go talk to her about how she pivoted and, went forward with it and that last story about how we like the very beginning got put through the fire.

We had a client that her wedding was the weekend that the world shut down, and she canceled her wedding five days before the actual event, and it was a mess. Obviously at this point the food’s been ordered, the flowers been ordered, I mean everything’s done, everyone’s just ready to execute and this client wanted a hundred percent refunds for every person.

Courtney Hopper: Yeah.

Dana Kadwell: And it was ugly.

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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