CYOP #84 - Embracing Ethically Sourced Materials + Finding Your Customer with Katie Evans of Hart Variations

Katie J. Evans, Hart Variations // creatingyourownpath.com

Today’s show is the first in a segment dedicated to those who create with uncommon or interesting materials and as soon as I landed on this theme, I knew I needed to reach out to today’s guest. Katie J. Evans of Hart Variations is a jewelry designer who uses things like butterfly wings, snake skin sheds, bones, entire insects, and feathers to create really stunning and unique pieces.

In the interview, we talk about how her materials are ethically and legally sourced, which is a process I wasn't familiar with. I envisioned her walking along and finding the materials, but it turns out there are actually rules and regulations and official suppliers for these types of materials.

We also talk a lot about her creative process, why she decided to hire help, how she’s navigated the jewelry world to find the right audience for her work and why feedback from her customers has made a world of difference in her business.

Enjoy!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"What feels right for you is probably going to be the best way to get your work out there." -- Katie J. Evans, Hart Variations // creatingyourownpath.com

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CYOP #83 - Mini Episode: I'm Sharing Some BIG Career News!

CYOP #83 - Mini Episode: I'm Sharing Some BIG Career News! // creatingyourownpath.com

On today's mini episode, I'm announcing some big career changes that have been taking shape behind the scenes over the last few months. I'm also talking about how those changes will affect certain aspects of my business like this podcast, my e-courses and consulting offerings, the freelance work I'll be doing and what it means for all of you!

Enjoy (and thank you for your support!) 


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CYOP #82 - Learning Your Craft + Making it Work with Photographer William Thompson


Today’s interview brings me to Common Space here in Sacramento, California to interview photographer William Thompson. Until recently, I actually had no idea that William had a day job. Because his photos are so stunning, I pretty much assumed he made a living taking them.
 
However, he doesn’t—at least not yet. He’s got a full-time job working in the banking industry and hopes to one day turn his side hustle into his main hustle. It was great talking to William because I think he’s currently in a place most of us can relate to. He’s working on a lot of different types of projects, trying to figure out what type of photography he likes best and continually practicing to get better at his craft. And he does it knowing that right now the bills are paid by his day job.

As many of you know, I really enjoy talking with people who are at different stages of their career and, even though I’m in a different industry, I’ve been right where William is right now in his photography career. 

Enjoy!


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FAVORITE QUOTE:

"I wasn't good when I started. I was awful, but I wanted to be good. So, I put in the work to get there." -- William Thompson, photographer // creatingyourownpath.com

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