ANA FISHER: IN & BEHIND THE SCENES
Ana Fisher was a model at one of Daughters Market's original photo shoots. -- If you follow us on social media you have absolutely seen her before ;) -- It was there that she connected with the founder and has been involved in the business ever since. On top of her full-time job as the manager of a popular Portland nightclub, she also helps prepare Daughters Market's weekly newsletter. We think she is bad*** and wanted to give you some insight into her life.
Tell us a little about your background? You're originally from Thailand?
Mostly. I was raised in Chang Mai before my family relocated to Macau and then eventually Hong Kong before returning to Thailand. The majority of my family is currently living in Bangkok and Phuket. My parents were in the porcelain doll business before making the leap into home shopping and then casinos. It just made more sense that we moved around.
Yes! They’ve since sold their company, but you can still find Marian Yu Dolls around the dark corners of the web. When they made a series of life-sized dolls, I remember getting very creeped out and upset when they brought a few prototypes home. It was scary as a child!
How did you come to be involved with Daughters Market?
I was actually booked as a model for one of the shoots and Tess was kind of enough to get into conversation with me. We quickly realized that we have similar values and she needed some help with this new and growing business. I jumped on the chance to be part of this. It’s an important cause in today’s world. Fierce women supporting each other.
“I jumped on the chance to be part of this. It’s an important cause in today’s world. Fierce women supporting each other.”
You’ve lived in several parts of South East Asia as well as the States. Do you think an overseas education is a big influence on your outlook?
Absolutely. It’s funny though, I was infatuated with the lifestyle and culture of the United States. The American way of life is sometimes glorified overseas. It’s partially why I decided to go to art college in New York.
What was it like moving half-way across the world to New York at eighteen?
It was simultaneously so exciting, dangerous and terrifying at the same time. I think sometimes New Yorkers get a reputation for being tough and unfriendly, but I disagree.
What brought you to Portland?
I made an effort to focus on new experiences in my late twenties and I got really into organic and sustainable farming. I knew I wanted to try living on the West Coast after making goat cheese for a few months at a local farm in Oregon.
You are also in music venue management? Can you tell us a little more about that?
Yes, I love hustling and pushing myself. I got into venue management a few years ago and it has a been a rewarding, stressful, enjoyable journey. I think working on your interpersonal skills can take you far with understanding different perspectives and different lives in general. I’m fascinated with the different lives’ humans can have.
What advice do you have for other female-identified business women?
I don’t own a specific business, but I do balance several different projects all at once. My outlook is that one should never get comfortable. Constantly put yourself out there and try new things for your own personal growth. You are a powerful entity capable of anything.
“Constantly put yourself out there and try new things for your own personal growth. You are a powerful entity capable of anything.”
Who is an inspiration to you at this time in your life?
My Mom. She put aspects of her career on hold in order to help raise me. She’s currently in her late-sixties and I’ve seen her take on new careers and experiences like she has absolutely no regard for the age she’s carrying. She is living force that firmly believes that age is just a number.
Anything else you would like to share?
Thanks for featuring me! I know I’ve mentioned this before but it’s such an incredible experience to get to work with powerful women for our newsletter and upcoming blog. Daughters Market is fueled by women who remind me to be optimistic and always try. Did I already mention how inspirational it is to be around this kind of energy?!