How She Got There: Gia Marakas, Pilates Instructor

Name: Gia Marakas
Job Title: Pilates Instructor/Small Business Owner
College/Major: Loyola Marymount University/Spiritual Psychology
Email: [email protected]
Her Campus: What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?
Gia Marakas: My job entails Pilates instruction at both a Pilates studio and private residences. I also counsel many of my students about proper nutrition. A typical day begins at about 5:00 am. My first student is usually at around 6:00 am and I teach 55-minute sessions throughout the day until 8:00 pm. I schedule a break in the middle of my day for lunch and my own workout.
HC: What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?
GM: I am a classically trained Pilates instructor, therefore your first job is an apprentice position with a seasoned instructor for about a year. After that you can begin teaching students on your own.
HC: What is one thing you wish you knew about your industry when you first started out that you know now?
GM: I wish I knew how entrepreneurial my job would become the more successful I became. When you work for yourself. You are basically working all the time.  You have to constantly be thinking about bringing in new business and maintaining the excellence of your teaching at all times.

HC: Who is one person who changed your professional life for the better?
GM: My father works for himself and he has always encouraged me to keep going even when the road is bumpy. All businesses are cyclical—good times and bad times come with the territory.