“Find Yourself A Mentor, Rome Wasn’t Created In One Day And Neither Was Any Business” With Simona Fusco

Yitzi Weiner
May 16, 2018 · 7 min read

By Marco Derhy

“Rome wasn’t created in one day and neither was any business. Start doing your research and find yourself a role model who can share her/his experiences. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family and colleagues for advice. Knowledge is power and we can never have enough of it.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Simona Fusco of the award-winning matchmaking and personal search firm Perfect 12 headquartered in Beverly Hills. Simona is an internationally renowned award-winning entrepreneur and sought after Media Expert. She is often featured on national TV panels and talk shows, including CNN, CBS, TLC, KCAL9, ABC, FOX News, E! and German TV Pro Sieben. You may also have seen her on billboards across the country from Times Square to Sunset Plaza as well as in national publications such as Robb Report, Golf Digest, DuPont Registry, Angeleno Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Confidential, Esquire, GQ, US Weekly, New York Post, Huffington Post, Beverly Hills Magazine, Jetset Magazine and many more. In 2018, BH Magazine recognized her as an “Icon of Beverly Hills”, LA Confidential featured her as a “Woman of Influence”, Angeleno Magazine named her a “Power Player”, while Los Angeles Magazine acknowledged her as a “Luminary” and “Leader in her Field”, to name a few.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

Born in Milan, Italy, the fashion mecca of the world, I started modeling at the age of 8. My parents decided to move to Los Angeles where my first “Hollywood moment” was at 14 when director Oliver Stone approached me to play the title role in LOLITA — which my mother refused to let me do.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I would say my mother. She was a strong, successful, independent single mom. I have always looked up to her for her tenacity and strength. Also my late husband. He was an entertainment mogul and many considered him a genius. I think he taught me many things about success and peoples motivations.

Are you working on any exciting projects now?

Yes, I am working on Ask Simi. A foundation created to nurture, inspire and protect teenagers and young women across the world. That’s all I can reveal at this moment.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

There are countless ways we stand out. I can name just a few here:

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

All the time. When I am not making love connections, I work on Ask Simi and The Maria Gruber Foundation. The Maria Gruber Foundation was founded upon personal tragedy when my mom passed away from terminal cancer. It is my vision to provide support to families whose loved ones are diagnosed with terminal cancer by turning the fear, grief and helplessness caused from this disease into awareness, compassion, and support. It is the mission of the Maria Gruber Foundation to create educational tools designed to help parents, children, and loved ones diagnosed with terminal cancer.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1. Find yourself a mentor

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)

Oprah of course. I don’t think I have to explain why. She embodies everything I stand and strive for.

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

Thrive Global

More than living. Thriving.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store