Our whole lives we have heard variations of the phrase ‘step out of your comfort zone’, but how often do we really do that? Until recently the unfamiliar was beyond scary for me; I have never been fond of the uncertain. For as long as I can remember I took extensive steps to avoid being pushed outside of my bubble. Mostly (I’m certain) this is because I feared rejection and failure. What I didn’t understand was just how rewarding it could be to dip my toes into the unknown. To ‘step out of my comfort zone’. With every new thing we try, we in return grow. Even if that thing didn’t settle, resonate or stick we still learn a lesson about ourselves. It’s important to learn how to fail, and accept failure. I have grown in the last few years more than I have in my entire life. I have failed plenty of times during this period, but I have also succeeded in so many unmeasurable ways. I have learned humility, become humble, and tapped into my inner confidence that was always just out of reach. My roots have dug into the soil and my leaves are stretching to the sky. This is all because I have learned how to take risks.
A recent risk I took really inspired me. As artists we often stick to our forte, when really creativity is fluid and can be mastered over many mediums. In my eyes, trying to dabble beyond your practice will always end in a lesson (good or bad). I am by definition a silversmith and jewelry designer. What I didn’t realize was that by building a brand solo-dolo, I have to be much more than that. It isn’t just about creating a solid product anymore – it’s about learning how to sell it. We live in a world where everything is just a click away. You can search “silver jewelry” on Etsy and you’ll come up with about 100,000 listings. I have the ability to create some pretty neat jewelry but I need to set myself apart.
What I have learned is the importance of imagery. Being able to showcase my work, and relate it to my demographic. This means clean and clear product photos, as well as, applied fashion photography. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some awesome photographers. One of them being a best friend of mine (s/o Ash), whom is dripping with talent. I have, and always will, love working with other creative individuals. It’s almost euphoric creating with another person and watching them do what they love. Probably because it reminds me of my own passion and how alive it makes me feel. I made a goal 6 months ago to grow my photography competence. This is much easier said than done. It’s simply intimidating. My camera is like a computer! The respect I have for photographers cannot be expressed enough. I’ve been toying around with photography for some time. Taking pictures of friends, and getting real good at product photos. I even know my angles and lighting pretty damn well. What I hadn’t done yet was take pictures of an actual model. This was a major goal of mine that I truly didn’t think I would have the confidence to give a real go.
Yet, the idea of styling and capturing my own brand completely enthralled me. So, I put on my big girl pants and I did just that. Luckily, the lovely Carson was not only absolutely flawless, but a complete doll. She was so effortlessly perfect. It really was just a confirmation that being put in a box wasn’t my thing. I believe in myself, and will continue to try things even if they make my stomach flip a few times. I wanted to share this not just because it was a success - it could’ve easily been a fail. I wanted to share this so maybe I could inspire even one person to break the chains they have created for themselves. Be fierce in the unknown. Had I not taken a leap of faith in something that was uncomfortable, I wouldn’t have had this amazing experience. It’s not always going to be peachy, but life never is. Life is messy, wonderful and frightening. But you are in charge of your own life, and the risks you take will mold you into the best version of yourself. So go ahead… Seize the day!
Model: Carson Case @carsonmckeee
Photographed & Styled By: Taylor Booth @JadeFirCo