Interview with Caprice Bourret
Caprice ventured to England from Southern California and quickly became one of the most photographed women in the world having appeared on 300 magazine covers across the globe and over 150 TV shows and films. She was voted GQ Magazine’s Woman of the Year, and Maxim’s International Woman of the Year for three years running. She received rave reviews in London’s West End playing the lead role in ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and the musical ‘Rent’. She later bought the rights to the hit production, ‘Debbie Does Dallas the musical’ which she produced and starred in. In 2006, Caprice started By Caprice Lingerie, which she fully finances, designs, models and markets. She started the company in hope of creating a brand and company that she could pass on to her future family and most importantly doing what she loves to do best: make gorgeous, comfortable, garments for her customers so they feel beautiful, sexy and feminine. By Caprice Products has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2006. CEO Caprice Bourret has built up the business entirely on her own and Autumn 2015 saw the launch of By Caprice Home. www.bycaprice.com
What is the best piece of business advice you have been given?
Don’t be embarrassed about being ambitious. Independence is your happiness. Don’t ever be ashamed of making money. Failure is OK – if your first idea doesn’t work, be smart enough to walk away and start again. I also don’t believe in luck, the harder you work the luckier you get.
If you had the power to change one thing in the business market for working mothers, what would you change?
In the UK for women in general, I would close the gender pay gap. There has been no improvement and men earn on average 19% more than women. It is unfair and can put a huge strain on working moms.
How do you achieve your work life balance of career woman and mother?
I don’t think there is a set formula. I recently moved my office to my home so I could be closer to the boys. I can now pop out of the office and see their adorable faces throughout the day…. I love making them their favourite lunch!
What were/are the biggest challenges you faced going back in to the work place after children?
The guilt that every working mom goes through in life – having to go off to work everyday – i.e meetings, travelling for work etc.… It breaks by heart to leave them but we have to provide for our families and put food on the table.
If you could give your past self one piece of advice about being a working mother what would it be?
Coming from a very humble background and making my 1st million at 25 I was a bit of a wild child. I didn’t start thinking responsibly about having children until the age of 35 and I forgot it takes time to find the right partner and I wouldn’t compromise. I would recommend for anyone wanting to start a family to start earlier.
Have your career goals and aspirations altered since becoming a working mother?
Completely. It is expensive to have a family. My ambition and fire has come back double fold. I only want the best for my
Children, as we all do, and I will work around the clock.
If you could recommend one book to our readers leisure or business what would it be?
“The House of Klein”, and his empire.
Depending on what your passion is it is a good idea to read autobiographies by people that have achieved epic success.
What are your future goals in your career path in the next few years, what do you hope to achieve?
We are continuing to expand By Caprice Products globally. Following the success of By Caprice Home’s first drop we are now planning new product lines to cater for the growing demand.
And of course the most important is to be the best mom I can be to my beautiful boys to Jett and Jax.
What question would you wish to ask our next working mother who takes this short interview?
I would love to ask, how has having children impacted your profession?
For me I want to expand my business and wondered if the next working mom wants do something else or has their ambition accelerated or do they prefer to stay at home?