This month’s Celebrity Spotlight features San Francisco’s Marybeth La Motte. Owner of Red Carpet Bay Area, a television show and website. Red Carpet Bay Area, the television show and the website, created by MBL Media Productions, an Emmy Award winning, full-service film and video production company specializing in the unique needs of events, the fashion and luxury sectors.
Q: What inspired you to start your own business?
A: I always wanted to start my own business, and one day I turned 40 and thought: if not now, when?
Q: How is your business a reflection of your own personality and passions?
A: I decided my business would combine everything I liked most from my varied careers: fashion, philanthropy, video production and being an active and contributing member of the community.
Q: What is your “bigger why” of being in business?
A: Good question. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning. I get depressed when I have nothing to do.
Q: Three words that describe the essence of you and your business.
A: Fashionable, philanthropic, social
Q: What is the greatest lesson you have learned?
A: That’s a hard question…I guess not to take rejection personally, it’s a business decision. Because I am constantly searching for sponsors for my television show and website, I face rejection daily.
Q: Your secret luxury or indulgence?
A: Turning off the computer and phone and snuggling with my son.
Q: What are some of your favorite restaurants?
A: I love Greek food: Dio Deka in Los Gatos (www.diodeka.com) and Kokkari (www.kokkari.com) in San Francisco are excellent. I also crave Mexican food with California flair from Tacolicious (www.tacolicioussf.com) (the jalapeno margaritas are addictive). Going out to dinner is a rare treat for me. I have an 8-year old son and I make dinner at home most nights; we eat as a family at 6:00 sharp.
Q: What are yout favorite shoes?
A: Most of anything designed by Bryan Atwood or Gucci.
Q: What books do you suggest reading?
A: The Classics.I can’t get enough of them. Right now my son and I are reading Aesop’s Fables and I am fascinated.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: The Beach; balmy nights, soft sand and warm ocean swimming.
Q: Who are the women who have inspired you?
A: I look for and find inspiration in people I see and interact with every day. Some examples of women who have inspired me: Nicole Klapman, my first boss; Janice Mabry, Red Carpet Bay Area’s writer; Jean Gwinner, my husband’s grandmother; Lyhn Haller, a friend who has stuck by me, doesn’t judge, tells me the truth, makes me think, and is there for me in good times and in bad; Cheryl Bartlett, my sister, who is also an entrepreneur.