Ann Amenuvor: Let every challenge you encounter be an opportunity to reinvent yourself

Ann Amenuvor took her love of photography and made a career out of it. Her start up ” Play Portraits GH” converts personal photos into jigsaw puzzles which can be accompanied with personalized messages to friends and loved ones on their special occasions. 
We had the opportunity to interview her to find out more about this innovative start up. Ann majored in Economics at Westminster College, Fulton, United States. After first degree, she worked as a Research Assistant for a year before transitioning into entrepreneurship. Read the interview below.

 

VL: How did you come up with the idea Behind Play Portraits.
Ann: Play Portraits is a reflection of my love for photography and card gifting with thoughtful words. On special occasions the least anyone would receive from me is a card. Then I discovered the art of making jigsaw puzzles. With that I realized we could make card gifting more meaningful by crafting puzzles out of the image of the recipient then accompany it with the giver’s own thoughtful words.

VL: Are you self-taught or you went through formal training?
Ann: Everything you see at Play Portraits are self-taught; from our boxes, to the puzzles to the tinniest detail of cutting the ribbons for the cards. I learned them all from Arts and Crafts websites and online self-help portals.

VL: When did you start your business and how has the concept been received so far among friends and family?
Ann: Play Portraits started in October 2016 and the reception has been great. People are already familiar with jigsaw puzzles. However the art of combining a jigsaw puzzle made out of the image of the recipient and accompanying it with your own thoughtful words in a form of a message card gets people excited. Among the positive feedback we usually receive is our packaging. An additional detail to our concept is the nostalgia we invoke by creating post cards out of the recipient’s image which we include in the box. Aside the fact that the recipient is supposed to reference the image to assemble their puzzles they can literally mail out these post cards to loved ones.

VL: What challenges did you encounter when you started and how did you get through them?
Ann: Oh the challenges! The biggest challenge was getting reliable vendors for my boxes. Two different vendors disappointed so badly I can’t even begin to explain. However the setbacks they caused tapped into my creative side to find a permanent solution. I’ve always been a big advocate of good packaging as there are so many wonderful products in these parts yet badly packaged. We figured if Play Portraits is to survive we need to have a constant and reliable supply of boxes without any hiccups. Therefore we create our own boxes from scratch without having to wait on a third party vendor to supply. Something we are really proud of at Play Portraits GH.

VL: Are you self-taught or you went through formal training?
Ann: Everything you see at Play Portraits are self-taught; from our boxes, to the puzzles to the tinniest detail of cutting the ribbons for the cards. I learned them all from Arts and Crafts websites and online self-help portals.

VL: When did you start your business and how has the concept been received so far among friends and family?
Ann: Play Portraits started in October 2016 and the reception has been great. People are already familiar with jigsaw puzzles. However the art of combining a jigsaw puzzle made out of the image of the recipient and accompanying it with your own thoughtful words in a form of a message card gets people excited. Among the positive feedback we usually receive is our packaging. An additional detail to our concept is the nostalgia we invoke by creating post cards out of the recipient’s image which we include in the box. Aside the fact that the recipient is supposed to reference the image to assemble their puzzles they can literally mail out these post cards to loved ones.

VL: What fascinates you about puzzles?
Ann: The fact that you can break apart something and bring it back together is simply exciting. Traditionally the puzzles we could access were mostly paintings of imaginary/real places. However with Play Portraits every individual can be a piece of art on a puzzle either through a personal photograph, scenery of a place they’ve visited or a painting of themselves by an artist. Besides jigsaw puzzles can be a leisurely means of passing out time while engaging your mind.

VL: What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started Play Portraits?
Ann: Play Portraits started with a different focus/concept (with puzzles still being the underlying constant). However as I work on these things I’m exposed to so many possibilities which enable me to recreate my ideas /concepts. The lesson therefore is to be prepared to be daring; to keep building on concepts/ ideas.

VL: What’s your greatest tip to women who want to start a business like yours?
Ann: Envision something, work at it, make it a reality. Though I must add, entrepreneurship is not a rosy affair. You are going to encounter a lot of challenges. The only thing that will keep you going is the passion you have for what you do. If you intend venturing in a startup solely for the financial reward you could end up highly disappointed. Therefore you must venture looking at the bigger picture. The reward would follow as and when you climb. Ultimately, let every challenge you encounter be an opportunity to reinvent yourself. All would eventually fall in place like a puzzle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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