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JEWELER, IN-DEPTH: I Worked To Support My Art Until My Art Supported Itself

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Kate, a jeweler and shop owner, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that she worked as a waitress for several years supporting her art before her art started to pay for itself. Now, as an entrepreneur, she works 6 days a week because you can't not show up at your business when you are just starting it and running it.

Degree: Social Work - Public Health
Job Title: Jeweler/Boutique Owner
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Job Description

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. They also adjust, repair, and appraise gems and jewelry.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to 0 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Creativity, Artistic, People skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fine Arts
Metal Working
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<span m='10070'>getting</span> <span m='10350'>to</span> <span m='10520'>know</span> <span m='10750'>the</span> <span m='10910'>story</span> <span m='11430'>of</span> <span m='11510'>who</span> <span m='11690'>they</span> <span m='11850'>are</span> <span m='12240'>and</span> <span m='13230'>why</span> <span m='13440'>they're</span> <span m='13590'>falling</span> <span m='13900'>in</span> <span m='13980'>love</span> <span m='14145'>and</span> <span m='14310'>getting</span> <span m='14600'>a</span> <span m='14845'>ring,</span> <span m='15090'>or</span> <span m='15170'>whatever.</span> <span m='17380'>Yeah,</span> <span m='17770'>so</span> <span m='17890'>I</span> <span m='18030'>really</span> <span m='18310'>love</span> <span m='18840'>my</span> <span m='19010'>job</span> <span m='19280'>a</span> <span m='19340'>lot.</span> </p><p><span m='20390'>The</span> <span m='20590'>hard</span> <span m='20910'>stuff</span> <span m='21390'>is</span> <span m='21690'>that</span> <span m='21890'>you</span> <span m='22010'>can't</span> <span m='22230'>be</span> <span m='22340'>good</span> <span m='22500'>at</span> <span m='22620'>everything.</span> <span m='23210'>So</span> <span m='23470'>one</span> <span m='23730'>thing</span> <span m='23910'>I'm</span> <span m='24000'>not</span> <span m='24220'>good</span> <span m='24430'>at</span> <span m='24640'>is</span> <span m='24830'>bookkeeping,</span> <span m='25600'>so</span> <span m='25950'>I</span> <span m='26120'>now</span> <span m='26480'>hire</span> <span m='26830'>somebody</span> <span m='27200'>do</span> <span m='27350'>that</span> <span m='27580'>for</span> <span m='27770'>me.</span> <span m='27960'>But</span> <span m='28410'>that's</span> <span m='29280'>the</span> <span m='29380'>tough</span> <span m='29620'>stuff,</span> <span m='30020'>is</span> <span m='30220'>stuff</span> <span m='30510'>that</span> <span m='30640'>you're</span> <span m='32600'>not</span> <span m='32820'>naturally</span> <span m='33210'>good</span> <span m='33440'>at.</span> </p><p><span m='34065'>So</span> <span m='34450'>my</span> <span m='34790'>aha</span> <span m='35180'>moment</span> <span m='35600'>to</span> <span m='35740'>start</span> <span m='36070'>to</span> <span m='36170'>go</span> <span m='36350'>into</span> <span m='36530'>business</span> <span m='36940'>with</span> <span m='37100'>myself</span> <span m='37610'>was</span> <span m='37940'>just--</span> <span m='39830'>I</span> <span m='39940'>had</span> <span m='40120'>a</span> <span m='40180'>lot</span> <span m='40430'>of</span> <span m='40780'>things</span> <span m='41180'>in</span> <span m='41260'>my</span> <span m='41360'>life</span> <span m='42000'>fall</span> <span m='42350'>away</span> <span m='42710'>and</span> <span m='42850'>I</span> <span m='42950'>felt</span> <span m='43150'>like</span> <span m='43320'>I</span> <span m='43350'>had</span> <span m='43550'>a</span> <span m='43590'>blank</span> <span m='43980'>slate.</span> <span m='44540'>And</span> <span m='45010'>I</span> <span m='45120'>kind</span> <span m='45380'>of</span> <span m='45440'>knew</span> <span m='45640'>how</span> <span m='45770'>to</span> <span m='45870'>build</span> <span m='46120'>what</span> <span m='46280'>I</span> <span m='46360'>already</span> <span m='46770'>did,</span> <span m='47010'>which</span> <span m='47200'>was</span> <span m='47420'>to</span> <span m='47520'>be</span> <span m='47660'>an</span> <span m='47760'>educator,</span> <span m='48810'>and</span> <span m='48960'>I</span> <span m='49080'>kind</span> <span m='49270'>of</span> <span m='49340'>wanted</span> <span m='49590'>to</span> <span m='49700'>do</span> <span m='49890'>something</span> <span m='50250'>different.</span> <span m='50660'>And</span> <span m='50850'>so</span> <span m='51150'>I</span> <span m='51280'>started</span> <span m='51670'>with</span> <span m='51820'>a</span> <span m='51870'>clean</span> <span m='52220'>slate,</span> <span m='52680'>and</span> <span m='52810'>I</span> <span m='52880'>worked</span> <span m='53170'>as</span> <span m='53290'>a</span> <span m='53340'>waitress</span> <span m='54010'>for</span> <span m='54220'>a</span> <span m='54323'>bunch</span> <span m='54426'>of</span> <span m='54530'>years</span> <span m='54910'>to</span> <span m='55070'>support</span> <span m='55440'>my</span> <span m='55560'>art</span> <span m='56060'>and</span> <span m='56630'>eventually</span> <span m='57540'>the</span> <span m='57630'>art</span> <span m='57716'>paid</span> <span m='57803'>for</span> <span m='58150'>itself.</span> </p><p><span m='59010'>Is</span> <span m='59250'>it</span> <span m='59370'>hard</span> <span m='59640'>to</span> <span m='59710'>get</span> <span m='59860'>a</span> <span m='59920'>job</span> <span m='60140'>in</span> <span m='60190'>this</span> <span m='60380'>field?</span> <span m='61150'>I</span> <span m='61300'>think</span> <span m='61410'>that</span> <span m='61520'>it's</span> <span m='61790'>kind</span> <span m='61960'>of</span> <span m='62060'>a</span> <span m='62150'>mixed</span> <span m='62450'>thing.</span> <span m='62820'>If</span> <span m='63020'>you</span> <span m='63170'>want</span> <span m='63310'>to</span> <span m='63400'>work</span> <span m='63710'>for</span> <span m='63850'>somebody</span> <span m='64200'>else,</span> <span m='64459'>there's</span> <span m='64650'>lots</span> <span m='64989'>of</span> <span m='65080'>jewelers</span> <span m='65560'>who</span> <span m='65650'>need</span> <span m='66100'>qualified</span> <span m='66630'>people</span> <span m='66910'>to</span> <span m='67040'>work</span> <span m='67300'>for</span> <span m='67510'>them</span> <span m='67970'>and</span> <span m='68240'>there's</span> <span m='68580'>education</span> <span m='69140'>that</span> <span m='69260'>you</span> <span m='69360'>can</span> <span m='69540'>get</span> <span m='69730'>to</span> <span m='69830'>do</span> <span m='70000'>that.</span> <span m='70660'>If</span> <span m='70800'>you</span> <span m='70920'>want</span> <span m='71080'>to</span> <span m='71120'>work</span> <span m='71350'>for</span> <span m='71450'>yourselves</span> <span m='71880'>and</span> <span m='72010'>start</span> <span m='72180'>your</span> <span m='72320'>line,</span> <span m='72760'>there's</span> <span m='72930'>also</span> <span m='73150'>a</span> <span m='73190'>lot</span> <span m='73390'>of</span> <span m='73450'>opportunity</span> <span m='74090'>there.</span> <span m='74640'>The</span> <span m='74780'>hard</span> <span m='75110'>part</span> <span m='75410'>is</span> <span m='75640'>that</span> <span m='75760'>there's</span> <span m='75930'>a</span> <span m='75980'>lot</span> <span m='76230'>of</span> <span m='76310'>jewelers,</span> <span m='76740'>so</span> <span m='76900'>there's</span> <span m='77360'>a</span> <span m='77430'>market</span> <span m='77840'>that's</span> <span m='78030'>very</span> <span m='78200'>saturated,</span> <span m='79460'>there's</span> <span m='79500'>a</span> <span m='79540'>lot</span> <span m='79770'>of</span> <span m='79830'>people</span> <span m='80130'>trying</span> <span m='80350'>to</span> <span m='80450'>do</span> <span m='80600'>the</span> <span m='80720'>same</span> <span m='80990'>thing.</span> <span m='81340'>But</span> <span m='81480'>if</span> <span m='81620'>you</span> <span m='81770'>really</span> <span m='82040'>believe</span> <span m='82380'>in</span> <span m='82450'>yourself</span> <span m='82830'>and</span> <span m='82940'>you</span> <span m='83050'>have</span> <span m='83560'>a</span> <span m='83630'>product</span> <span m='84070'>that</span> <span m='84200'>you</span> <span m='84330'>believe</span> <span m='84670'>in,</span> <span m='85130'>I</span> <span m='85250'>think</span> <span m='85440'>that</span> <span m='85620'>anybody</span> <span m='86050'>can</span> <span m='86170'>really</span> <span m='86370'>make</span> <span m='86570'>a</span> <span m='86660'>career</span> <span m='86950'>out</span> <span m='87050'>of</span> <span m='87160'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='88100'>My</span> <span m='88260'>work-life</span> <span m='88760'>balance</span> <span m='89300'>is</span> <span m='89390'>something</span> <span m='89670'>that</span> <span m='89780'>I've</span> <span m='89940'>really</span> <span m='90130'>had</span> <span m='90270'>to</span> <span m='90320'>figure</span> <span m='90630'>out.</span> <span m='90750'>When</span> <span m='90870'>you</span> <span m='90950'>go</span> <span m='91080'>into</span> <span m='91210'>business</span> <span m='91570'>for</span> <span m='91640'>yourself</span> <span m='92040'>you</span> <span m='92180'>generally</span> <span m='92590'>work</span> <span m='92860'>seven</span> <span m='93140'>days</span> <span m='93390'>a</span> <span m='93460'>week</span> <span m='93740'>and</span> <span m='93840'>very</span> <span m='94070'>long</span> <span m='94470'>hours</span> <span m='95130'>initially.</span> <span m='96110'>And</span> <span m='96270'>so</span> <span m='96400'>now</span> <span m='96640'>I'm</span> <span m='96760'>getting</span> <span m='97030'>to</span> <span m='97090'>the</span> <span m='97180'>point</span> <span m='97410'>where</span> <span m='97520'>I</span> <span m='97580'>can</span> <span m='97750'>take</span> <span m='97950'>one</span> <span m='98130'>day</span> <span m='98270'>off</span> <span m='98470'>a</span> <span m='98530'>week,</span> <span m='98960'>and</span> <span m='99040'>hopefully</span> <span m='99630'>by</span> <span m='99780'>the</span> <span m='99890'>end</span> <span m='100040'>of</span> <span m='100090'>the</span> <span m='100185'>year</span> <span m='100280'>I'll</span> <span m='100380'>be</span> <span m='100500'>able</span> <span m='100640'>to</span> <span m='100740'>take</span> <span m='100930'>two</span> <span m='101120'>days</span> <span m='101350'>off</span> <span m='101520'>a</span> <span m='101570'>week.</span> <span m='101890'>But</span> <span m='102650'>you</span> <span m='102820'>basically</span> <span m='104090'>you</span> <span m='104290'>can't</span> <span m='104850'>just</span> <span m='105100'>not</span> <span m='105370'>show</span> <span m='105650'>up</span> <span m='105850'>for</span> <span m='105975'>it.</span> <span m='106100'>If</span> <span m='106130'>you</span> <span m='106160'>don't</span> <span m='106190'>show</span> <span m='106415'>up</span> <span m='106640'>but</span> <span m='106920'>nothing</span> <span m='107210'>happens.</span> <span m='107840'>And</span> <span m='108070'>so</span> <span m='108510'>that's</span> <span m='108860'>one</span> <span m='109190'>of</span> <span m='109540'>the</span> <span m='110010'>exciting</span> <span m='110830'>parts</span> <span m='111210'>of</span> <span m='111290'>being</span> <span m='111510'>an</span> <span m='111600'>entrepreneur,</span> <span m='112140'>but</span> <span m='112270'>also</span> <span m='112560'>one</span> <span m='112720'>of</span> <span m='112790'>the</span> <span m='112900'>downside</span> <span m='113410'>sometimes.</span> <span m='113900'>Sometimes</span> <span m='114280'>you</span> <span m='114400'>want</span> <span m='114810'>a</span> <span m='114880'>break</span> <span m='115250'>and</span> <span m='115310'>you</span> <span m='115380'>can't</span> <span m='115570'>really</span> <span m='115760'>take</span> <span m='115990'>one.</span> <span m='116860'>You</span> <span m='117060'>just</span> <span m='117220'>got</span> <span m='117350'>to</span> <span m='117390'>show</span> <span m='117670'>to</span> <span m='117760'>work</span> <span m='118040'>every</span> <span m='118270'>single</span> <span m='118530'>day.</span> </p>","file":{"id":363077,"video_id":"3257343705001","name":"2149-Kate-JewelerOwner2","duration":119235,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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