"Don't be afraid to try or to be told no, otherwise you'll never know."
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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I love metals and bling. I style all of my own photoshoots which I love doing as much as I love creating the pieces. To see everything come together, there's not a better feeling in the world. I focus on jewellery and other accessories especially for bridal because I feel there's missed opportunity in how brides accessorize. My work is in Kleinfelds Manhatten, I'm partners with Swarovski and we've been on covers of magazines and have had features inside as well. I'm growing into fashion as well, making a bunch of unique metal fashion. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? My goals keep changing as my company grows but one thing that hasn't changed is that I hope to be called one day the Alexander McQueen of metal fashion and jewellery. Everything I do is hand made so I'd love to start manufacturing pieces by next year. Also on my list of goals is to be featured in Harper's Bazaar or Vogue .. one day! How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I communicate through the phone, email and in person. I create things for editorial purposes that are my own visions but working with mostly brides right now I always create with their input. Everything is custom, one of my main goals is to make sure my clients love the final product more than I loved creating it for them. These creations become my babies from all the time and details I put into every piece, to see their face light up means the world to me, so I do whatever I can to make that happen. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I fought my creative side all my life. I thought I'd never be able to make money by being creative. Until one day when I was in a car accident that actually changed my life. I lost my job from it and I was in so much pain that my creative side helped me survive. It has given me an outlet to still feel like a human being with purpose. It's opened my eyes in so many ways and now if I could do it all over again, I wouldn't of fought this part of me, I would have embraced it a long time ago. But everything happens for a reason! I truly believe that! Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? I don't really have a hero. I have 2 amazing parents that have always been there for me and my husband. They have been a huge help, support system through everything. Without them none of this would have been possible. They're belief in me helps push me to strive for more everyday. I still have a long way to go but I'm enjoying the journey. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? I haven't done a lot of creative education courses. Everything I've been doing has been self taught. I think any education is always great though. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Since I'm still new in the industry all I can say is, you've got to want it and make it happen yourself. Don't be afraid to try or to be told no, otherwise you'll never know.
Photo Credits: Photographer is Paul Tortora @stillsandvideo Other credits available on request.
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