This is such a wonderful little video on creativity and motivation. For anyone doing anything creative out there, you've been there. Or are going through it.
Being a small business in a small country like Singapore, where the path for most is get good grades in school, get a good office job, take nice vacations and retire with a nest egg, doing something outside of this path elicits many questions from curious minds.
The most frequently asked questions I get when meeting you at pop-ups are:
1. are you Singaporean?
2. how did you get into this?
My answers are:
1. Yes, I am a SG citizen. But was not born here. But have spent a decade of my formative years here and my whole immediate family lives here and have since 1986 so 30+ years!
2. I've been in the jewelry business since 2002 - so 15 years. Many of those years were spent in New York City and Bangkok working in the diamonds, gems & jewelry business in those cities.
So, how does this relate to the Ira Glass' video?
Well, the answer I give to the second question isn't quite a complete one. I've always been quite creative and "artsy." Growing up, I loved to draw, paint, and craft. I got into the jewelry business because I wanted to make things that were more "permanent."
You see, before getting into this business, I was a graphic designer in NYC and designed print advertising and in-store graphics for HMV. Yes, remember, HMV music stores? I was unhappy with the ephemeral nature of marketing collaterals and wanted to apply my creativity to making things that were more long-lasting.
At around this time in my life, I was also getting engaged. So I went ring shopping. And it was during these ring searching expeditions that I became really fascinated by gems and the whole jewelry business in general.
Secondly, for whatever reason (that thing that you just "know" about yourself even from a young age), I always thought I would have my own business. And this feeling got stronger and stronger the more I worked for other people.
So, without going too much into it, that's how I got into having my own jewelry business.
However, it has taken me over 15 years working in various different types of jewelry companies in various roles, going to school to get certified as a gemologist, taking jewelry design classes at night while working, and taking bench jewelry / silversmithing classes to get here.
So when Ira Glass speaks of the "The Gap" and how it often takes years to get your vision in line with your reality, I know that struggle well.
Thanks for listening!
'til next time!