In November of 2009, I decided that my new mantra would be ‘now or never’.. it sure beat the old one of ‘don’t hit the child no matter how ill behaved they are.’ I was working at a photography company that gave me phenomenal technical skills, and a twitch from having to deal with snotty kids and arrogant teenagers day after day. Since I valued what little sanity I had left, I decided to quit and design one of a kind jewelry full time. This was obviously a logical choice as the pieces I had made for my mother at age 4 were amazing…… Surprisingly and thankfully enough, I had more creative gusto than I might have given myself credit for, and after receiving amazing support and feedback for my first couple collections, I knew I had found the right fit career wise.
I am very, VERY lucky that I can say I love my job[s] 90% of the time. [Don't talk to me about accounting.. I hired a professional for that noise.] I’ve worked hard to build my brand from small 5-6 OOAK piece collections every couple weeks to a reproduceable line available every season. It didn’t happen overnight, but the process has made me so much more thankful for any successes now. If I could dole out one piece of advice for anyone else just starting their journey, it would be this: don’t give up. I posted a quote from Ira Glass on my blog a couple weeks ago that every beginner in a design field should have plastered in their work space. He basically said that, starting out.. your work won’t ‘suck’ per se, but it won’t be what you’re ultimately capable of. You have to stumble through the learning period -the length of which is different for everyone- before your design taste level and your actual work reach the same level. I don’t exactly cringe when I look back at my early jewelry designs, but it’s definitely the same level of loving embarrassment that you get while looking at your baby photos with your mom’s commentary while sitting next to your beau for the first time. Don’t compare yourself to others in your design field, as you have no way of seeing behind the scenes or knowing where they came from. Just keep your eye on the prize [ok coach merl] and keep doing what you love.