LFC: Hi Natalie! Introduce yourself and The Cry Baby Club to the #LFCommunity by telling us the weirdest place you’ve cried (though we don’t really think anywhere is weird).
Natalie Meagan: Oh gosh I cried at brunch once because I forgot my ID in my hotel room and had walked a really long way to get to the restaurant..all just so I could not be served a mimosa. What a brat reaction, but I couldn't help it 😂
LFC: Now tell us about the inspiration behind and inception of The Cry Baby Club.
NM: I honestly just got tired of people making me out to be or feel like less of a person because I'm so sensitive. I cry easily and often. I happy cry, I angry cry, I sad cry. It's just another piece of the puzzle that is me, not something to be ashamed of or apologize for.
So I decided to make myself a "business card" that read "The Crybaby Club" on the front and "why don't you cry about it" on the back, and when I posted it on my Instagram, dozens of people wanted one of their own. And The Crybaby Club was born.
LFC: What’s the biggest myth you want to shatter about crying?
NM: That crying is a sign of weakness.
LFC: What has been the biggest sacrifice in starting your own company?
NM: Oh gosh, I'd have to say free time or friendships/relationships, but also not really. I sacrifice a lot of my time and energy in order to keep things going, and so that drastically cuts down on my time for other fun things BUT I've also met some of my best friends through the club, so I don't know. I don't think a lot of people realize what all goes into running your own business. Yes you get to be your own boss, but you also have to be your own boss. It can be very draining.
LFC: Smaller artists have seen a lot of trouble due to bigger brands (think Zara, H&M) stealing their art – what advice do you have for artists who may be hesitant to share their work due to this?
NM: I'd say try not to let it deter you from spreading your message and sharing your talents. Being an artist, you kind of always run the risk of having someone steal your ideas- voluntarily or by accident- so it's just something you have to be aware of but not let it keep you from doing what you love. Just protect yourself where you can and keep doing your best!
LFC: What’s the easiest way to make you cry?
NM: Tell me your story, give me food, Grey's Anatomy and oh gosh...there is this episode of old school Little Rascals where Spanky glues a baby to the floor and I LOSE IT every time. I can't take it.
LFC: If you could see your designs anywhere, where would it be?
NM: Honestly I hope I'm always as freaking excited as I am right now just seeing them on my customers, but if Kristen Bell or Elizabeth Warren wore something of mine, I'd lose it for sure.
LFC: What was the first design you made? What does it mean to you?
NM: The first design to go to production was the "I May Cry" motto pin. What does it mean to me? Everything. It means everything. With that pin, the entire thing started. That pin sparked conversations, it launched my business, it brought people together, and it validated me as an artist and as a person. That design means everything to me.
LFC: What do you want to see more of in the world? Less of?
NM: I'd like to see more compassion, more women owned companies, and less of Donald Trump and everything he stands for.
LFC: What does being an #entrefemmeur mean to you?
NM: It means that I can be vulnerable and powerful at the same time. It means I didn't have to sacrifice time with my kids to start a movement that I am passionate about. It means I make the rules, and I love that.