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Exploring Life & Business with Dana Truitt of Top Notch Sandblasting

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Truitt.

Hi Dana, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
When it comes to my Instagram/influencer story, it was actually an accident, I say this because it was not planned or intended. Yes, I have always had a love for creating in all forms, whether it is using my hands, photography, or writing to do so, but I was more into a small blog that I had at the time, not so much into social media. Plus, my husband and I have owned a sandblasting company for now 11 years and at the time I was content doing just that, along with my small blog. About six years ago, I made an Instagram account to enter a giveaway of all things. Then one day, I was feeling creative, so I put together and posted a cute video of my previous dog, Nunah. It got a lot of attention, then was shared by many people on both Instagram and Facebook, which in turn allotted me a good little audience of 5-6k in less than a week.

From that point on, I started creating and posted regularly, because I now had an audience, I really started working on creating fun and most importantly relatable and colorful content, to include my adorable, little sidekick Piper (a 9lb Minpin who also has her own IG account with 75k in followers -@piperthepin), which I think is the reason people enjoy what I post so much. I also believe that my floral design background of 18 years has been super helpful in my creativity process as well. I love to incorporate tons of color with flowers, colorful local murals and wall art. Along with fashion, using different fabrics, textures, and of course food. I also do a weekly feature on Saturdays, where I share an over the top, icecream based dessert, usually from the DMV area. I always post a good mix of topics to keep my audience entertained and smiling, NOT bored. This is the main goal of my blogging, that and supporting the amazing community/city I live in and love so much. I love connecting with everyone! It’s amazing how my account just grew into what you see now, especially since, like I said, it completely wasn’t planned. One thing I can say though is I definitely wouldn’t want to do anything else!! I absolutely love being an influencer because of my love to be creative, it’s so fulfilling to design something that brightens up someone else’s day. Especially with the crazy times, we are in currently.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I have to say it’s an amazing road, not for one second has it ever felt like work. I absolutely love what I do, and like I said wouldn’t want to do anything else. Because of my account, I get so many opportunities to go places or see and do things that I wouldn’t normally. I also get to connect with and (or) meet so many amazing people, both in my community or state, as well as other states. I’ve even connected with people in other countries. My goal is one day to continue to nurture and grow my account, so I can get it to the point where I can blog full time. That way my husband Rob won’t have to do the backbreaking, sandblasting work anymore. Instead he can continue to take my pictures and we can continue to be the power couple we are.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Our sandblasting company is 11 years old and is a specialized trade within the construction industry. What we do is mobile, surface restoration. How it works is using air and copper slag (which looks like black sand) to clean just about any surface and remove coatings of all kinds, rust, and impurities so that the surface can be left natural or be recoated. We do a lot of swimming pools, homes, cars, and then some. The application can be used in many ways weather it’s to remove and recoat or clean a surface after an event, like say a fire or a flood. Because we are mobile, we service the entire state of Maryland.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
That’s a good question, I think luck can only get you the initial start of something, but it’s skill, determination, and passion that turns it into a home run. With both my business and my blog/social media, it was putting in the hard work and nurturing both that got them to where they are today, which I’m very proud of. So I don’t think luck had a ton to do with it, though it did get me started with social media, so it did play a role no matter how small.

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