While it is always sad to see someone give up their dream for a 9 to
5 job, there is an upside to Dave Sebaste’s situation too. Sometimes
it is liberating to know that you can design what you want, without
the worry of paying the bills with that design. It is sometimes too
easy to fall into the trap of designing what will sell in today’s
market, while sacrificing that great idea you have because it is too
far outside the realm of the audience available to you.
I work full time and design and create jewelry in my “spare time”
(mostly found after the kids go to bed) and while it can be
frustrating, it also allows me some freedom to experiment with
styles and techniques with a lot less worry than if I paid my
grocery bill with income earned from jewelry sales. Sales of my
original design jewelry amounted to about 11% of our total income,
though most of that money will actually go towards more tools and
not living expenses. Going to work for someone else is sometimes a
drag, but it is great to come home and turn myself loose at the
bench and make something happen. It even seems like the designing
part comes more easily when I have been occupied with totally
different tasks during the day.Perhaps I need to use both sides of
my brain each day to stay balanced!
Congratulations to all of you that can make your jewelry be a full
time job. For the rest of us, take heart. Our opportunities may be
right around the corner, and using your full time paycheck to
support yourself right now will often allow you to learn the jewelry
business thing on a slower, more comfortable curve.
Best of luck to you, Dave, and consider yourself a free man to
create that absolutely awesome piece that has been hiding in the
back of your mind!
david lee jeweler
Mason City, Iowa where it has finally snowed, and I keep telling
myself it will soon be spring!