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OWNER/JEWELER/METALSMITH: Inspired By Objects With A History

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Ali is a jeweler, metalsmith, and gallery owner. She finds inspiration from objects with history and oftentimes creates pieces out of family objects. Ali has had a long and varied past and history of interests. She has studied abroad in Brazil, studied Portuguese and Business, worked for nonprofits, and lived in Mozambique. It was in Africa that she discovered her love for jewelry making, after which she enrolled in school to learn the technical aspect of the field and applied that with her business background to start her own jewelry business.

Degree: Latin American Studies - MBA - Jewelry and Metal Arts - Portuguese
Job Title: Jeweler, Metalsmith & Gallery 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.

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Long-term on-the-job training

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

Educational Path

Education requirement
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High school degree
Recommended majors
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Fine Arts
Metal Working
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<span m='12410'>custom</span> <span m='12780'>design</span> <span m='13110'>for</span> <span m='13230'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='14180'>A</span> <span m='14330'>little</span> <span m='14530'>bit</span> <span m='14700'>about</span> <span m='14910'>my</span> <span m='15040'>work--</span> <span m='15830'>I'm</span> <span m='15940'>inspired</span> <span m='16520'>by</span> <span m='16770'>objects</span> <span m='17440'>that</span> <span m='17590'>have</span> <span m='17780'>a</span> <span m='17810'>history</span> <span m='18240'>to</span> <span m='18370'>them.</span> <span m='19060'>And</span> <span m='19230'>so</span> <span m='19390'>people</span> <span m='19920'>sometimes</span> <span m='20360'>will</span> <span m='20440'>bring</span> <span m='20760'>things</span> <span m='21090'>from</span> <span m='21210'>their</span> <span m='21340'>families,</span> <span m='22010'>or</span> <span m='22050'>things</span> <span m='22350'>they've</span> <span m='22520'>collected</span> <span m='23040'>over</span> <span m='23200'>the</span> <span m='23330'>years.</span> <span m='24200'>And</span> <span m='24350'>I</span> <span m='24410'>like</span> <span m='24590'>to</span> <span m='24700'>find</span> <span m='24910'>out</span> <span m='25030'>about</span> <span m='25270'>the</span> <span m='25350'>story</span> <span m='25690'>behind</span> <span m='25975'>these</span> <span m='26260'>pieces,</span> <span m='26900'>and</span> <span m='27190'>then start</span> <span m='27370'>to</span> <span m='27440'>put</span> <span m='27620'>them</span> <span m='27750'>together</span> <span m='28150'>like</span> <span m='28330'>a</span> <span m='28400'>3D</span> <span m='28770'>puzzle.</span> <span m='29550'>And</span> <span m='29800'>then</span> <span m='30200'>you</span> <span m='30310'>can</span> <span m='30470'>either</span> <span m='30710'>make</span> <span m='30900'>a</span> <span m='30970'>wearable</span> <span m='31410'>piece</span> <span m='32030'>or</span> <span m='32490'>maybe</span> <span m='32750'>something</span> <span m='33100'>that</span> <span m='33220'>goes</span> <span m='33440'>on</span> <span m='33560'>the</span> <span m='33630'>wall.</span> </p><p><span m='34120'>But</span> <span m='34330'>I</span> <span m='34450'>like</span> <span m='34630'>to</span> <span m='34740'>tell</span> <span m='34970'>stories</span> <span m='35560'>through</span> <span m='35820'>materials,</span> <span m='36540'>and</span> <span m='36740'>so</span> <span m='36990'>I'll</span> <span m='37240'>use</span> <span m='37580'>all</span> <span m='37750'>sorts</span> <span m='37960'>of</span> <span m='38050'>crazy</span> <span m='38380'>stuff in</span> <span m='38620'>my</span> <span m='38820'>work,</span> <span m='39180'>like</span> <span m='40110'>objects</span> <span m='40480'>that</span> <span m='40590'>people</span> <span m='41430'>have</span> <span m='42180'>maybe</span> <span m='42780'>got from their</span> <span m='43260'>grandma,</span> <span m='43890'>or</span> <span m='44180'>things</span> <span m='44440'>that</span> <span m='44540'>people</span> <span m='44790'>find</span> <span m='45020'>at</span> <span m='45190'>flea</span> <span m='45390'>markets,</span> <span m='45930'>or</span> <span m='46070'>they</span> <span m='46200'>pick</span> <span m='46430'>up</span> <span m='46610'>from</span> <span m='46760'>the</span> <span m='46850'>beach.</span> <span m='48060'>Just</span> <span m='48270'>things</span> <span m='48450'>that</span> <span m='48550'>people</span> <span m='48820'>get</span> <span m='48950'>attached</span> <span m='49400'>to.</span> <span m='49580'>And</span> <span m='49870'>so</span> <span m='50290'>I</span> <span m='50410'>also</span> <span m='50700'>work</span> <span m='50910'>with</span> <span m='51050'>more</span> <span m='51200'>traditional</span> <span m='51730'>stuff,</span> <span m='52010'>like</span> <span m='52630'>gold,</span> <span m='53390'>silver,</span> <span m='54090'>gemstones,</span> <span m='54640'>you</span> <span m='54770'>know,</span> <span m='54900'>when you think</span> <span m='55400'>jewelry,</span> <span m='55830'>sort</span> <span m='56140'>of</span> <span m='56850'>that</span> <span m='56870'>whole</span> <span m='57780'>range</span> <span m='58080'>of</span> <span m='58180'>materials.</span> </p><p><span m='59520'>And</span> <span m='59840'>a</span> <span m='59920'>typical</span> <span m='60440'>day</span> <span m='60640'>for</span> <span m='60810'>me</span> <span m='62280'>involves</span> <span m='62720'>a</span> <span m='62780'>lot.</span> <span m='64170'>I</span> <span m='64489'>own</span> <span m='65010'>a</span> <span m='65080'>small</span> <span m='65349'>business.</span> <span m='66040'>I</span> <span m='66070'>started</span> <span m='66540'>it</span> <span m='67430'>right</span> <span m='67640'>after</span> <span m='68130'>finishing</span> <span m='68570'>art</span> <span m='68810'>school,</span> <span m='69560'>so</span> <span m='69760'>I</span> <span m='69850'>went</span> <span m='70200'>pretty</span> <span m='70410'>quickly</span> <span m='70840'>from</span> <span m='71400'>student</span> <span m='72130'>to</span> <span m='72420'>entrepreneur.</span> <span m='73570'>And</span> <span m='73970'>right</span> <span m='74170'>now</span> <span m='74430'>I'm</span> <span m='74650'>still</span> <span m='75270'>in</span> <span m='75380'>the</span> <span m='75450'>beginning</span> <span m='76010'>stages</span> <span m='76640'>of</span> <span m='77040'>having</span> <span m='77400'>the</span> <span m='77470'>business</span> <span m='78250'>open,</span> <span m='78680'>so</span> <span m='79020'>I</span> <span m='79160'>do</span> <span m='79390'>everything</span> <span m='80020'>from</span> <span m='80890'>making</span> <span m='81260'>the</span> <span m='81350'>pieces</span> <span m='82250'>to</span> <span m='82990'>interacting</span> <span m='83660'>with</span> <span m='83840'>people,</span> <span m='84240'>doing</span> <span m='84580'>marketing.</span> <span m='85290'>I'm</span> <span m='85480'>on</span> <span m='85590'>the</span> <span m='85690'>computer--</span> <span m='86340'>hopefully</span> <span m='86690'>not</span> <span m='86890'>too</span> <span m='87050'>much,</span> <span m='88010'>I</span> <span m='88120'>work</span> <span m='88340'>in</span> <span m='88400'>my</span> <span m='88530'>studio</span> <span m='89040'>to</span> <span m='89140'>actually</span> <span m='89520'>make</span> <span m='89800'>the</span> <span m='89890'>work,</span> <span m='91250'>I am</span> <span m='91390'>in</span> <span m='91500'>my</span> <span m='91610'>gallery</span> <span m='92120'>space,</span> <span m='92610'>I</span> <span m='92730'>interact</span> <span m='93270'>with the</span> <span m='93520'>other</span> <span m='93730'>artists</span> <span m='94180'>that I</span> <span m='94420'>feature.</span> <span m='96130'>A</span> <span m='96260'>typical</span> <span m='96690'>day</span> <span m='96940'>has</span> <span m='97230'>me</span> <span m='97670'>getting</span> <span m='97920'>dirty</span> <span m='98330'>in</span> <span m='98500'>the</span> <span m='98590'>studio,</span> <span m='99620'>and</span> <span m='100280'>maybe</span> <span m='100560'>also</span> <span m='101050'>presenting</span> <span m='102080'>to</span> <span m='102480'>people</span> <span m='102840'>about</span> <span m='103070'>my</span> <span m='103180'>work,</span> <span m='103520'>so</span> <span m='103760'>it's</span> <span m='103930'>pretty</span> <span m='104130'>varied.</span> </p><p><span m='105470'>I</span> <span m='106050'>am</span> <span m='106190'>not</span> <span m='106480'>someone</span> <span m='106730'>who</span> <span m='106890'>always</span> <span m='107280'>knew</span> <span m='107440'>that</span> <span m='107620'>they</span> <span m='107720'>wanted</span> <span m='108050'>to</span> <span m='108140'>be</span> <span m='108290'>an</span> <span m='108400'>artist.</span> <span m='109360'>When</span> <span m='109490'>I</span> <span m='109560'>was</span> <span m='109770'>younger,</span> <span m='110590'>I</span> <span m='110830'>was</span> <span m='111070'>into</span> <span m='111320'>music.</span> <span m='111840'>I</span> <span m='111940'>played</span> <span m='112070'>piano</span> <span m='112510'>for</span> <span m='112710'>15</span> <span m='113130'>years,</span> <span m='113450'>all</span> <span m='113660'>through</span> <span m='114010'>middle</span> <span m='114250'>and</span> <span m='114340'>high</span> <span m='114480'>school,</span> <span m='114860'>that</span> <span m='115080'>was</span> <span m='115700'>my</span> <span m='115930'>thing.</span> <span m='116670'>And</span> <span m='116970'>so</span> <span m='117160'>I</span> <span m='117250'>thought</span> <span m='117470'>about</span> <span m='117770'>doing</span> <span m='118080'>music</span> <span m='118730'>in</span> <span m='119170'>college,</span> <span m='120532'>but</span> <span m='120920'>it</span> <span m='121070'>just</span> <span m='121250'>seemed</span> <span m='121490'>like</span> <span m='122220'>maybe</span> <span m='122560'>not</span> <span m='122780'>the</span> <span m='122870'>right</span> <span m='123080'>choice.</span> <span m='123580'>And</span> <span m='123860'>so</span> <span m='124120'>I</span> <span m='124220'>also</span> <span m='124500'>really</span> <span m='124710'>liked</span> <span m='124930'>languages.</span> <span m='125570'>I</span> <span m='125620'>was</span> <span m='125770'>interested</span> <span m='126200'>in</span> <span m='126310'>traveling.</span> </p><p><span m='127320'>And</span> <span m='127640'>so</span> <span m='128100'>I</span> <span m='128229'>ended</span> <span m='128550'>up</span> <span m='129310'>doing</span> <span m='129610'>a</span> <span m='129690'>student</span> <span m='130020'>exchange</span> <span m='130449'>program</span> <span m='130960'>when</span> <span m='131170'>I</span> <span m='131250'>was</span> <span m='131440'>a</span> <span m='131500'>junior</span> <span m='131850'>in</span> <span m='131930'>high</span> <span m='132060'>school</span> <span m='132560'>and</span> <span m='132730'>I</span> <span m='132800'>lived</span> <span m='132990'>in</span> <span m='133060'>Brazil</span> <span m='133370'>for</span> <span m='133530'>a year,</span> <span m='134340'>and</span> <span m='134640'>learned</span> <span m='134880'>Portuguese.</span> <span m='135790'>And</span> <span m='136110'>that</span> <span m='136300'>totally</span> <span m='136680'>changed</span> <span m='137020'>my</span> <span m='137100'>life.</span> <span m='137370'>It</span> <span m='137460'>was</span> <span m='137780'>an</span> <span m='137920'>amazing</span> <span m='138360'>experience.</span> <span m='139660'>And</span> <span m='140570'>all it made me</span> <span m='140790'>want</span> <span m='140950'>to</span> <span m='141020'>do</span> <span m='141250'>is</span> <span m='141370'>travel</span> <span m='141720'>more</span> <span m='142320'>and</span> <span m='142420'>go</span> <span m='142530'>back</span> <span m='142750'>to</span> <span m='142850'>Brazil.</span> <span m='143500'>And</span> <span m='143710'>so</span> <span m='144420'>the</span> <span m='144550'>decisions</span> <span m='145110'>I</span> <span m='145180'>made</span> <span m='145540'>after</span> <span m='145910'>that,</span> <span m='146800'>in</span> <span m='146960'>terms</span> <span m='147260'>of</span> <span m='147410'>like</span> <span m='147640'>what</span> <span m='147810'>to</span> <span m='147910'>do</span> <span m='148060'>in</span> <span m='148190'>college,</span> <span m='148800'>what</span> <span m='148960'>to</span> <span m='149070'>do</span> <span m='149230'>as</span> <span m='149370'>a</span> <span m='149450'>career--</span> <span m='151070'>I</span> <span m='151190'>just</span> <span m='151400'>wanted</span> <span m='151650'>to</span> <span m='151720'>go</span> <span m='151860'>to</span> <span m='151930'>Brazil.</span> </p><p><span m='153440'>And</span> <span m='153770'>so</span> <span m='153930'>I</span> <span m='154320'>studied</span> <span m='154660'>Latin</span> <span m='154890'>American</span> <span m='155360'>studies</span> <span m='156180'>and</span> <span m='156350'>Portuguese,</span> <span m='157620'>and</span> <span m='158030'>this</span> <span m='158190'>is</span> <span m='158280'>back</span> <span m='158570'>in</span> <span m='158670'>New</span> <span m='158770'>Mexico</span> <span m='159340'>where I'm</span> <span m='159560'>from</span> <span m='159790'>originally.</span> <span m='160910'>And</span> <span m='161650'>started</span> <span m='161980'>doing</span> <span m='162190'>some</span> <span m='162350'>work</span> <span m='162530'>with</span> <span m='162660'>nonprofits,</span> <span m='164100'>explored</span> <span m='164540'>a</span> <span m='164580'>little</span> <span m='164830'>bit.</span> <span m='165120'>My</span> <span m='165230'>mom</span> <span m='165520'>gave</span> <span m='165750'>me</span> <span m='165850'>great</span> <span m='166150'>advice</span> <span m='166760'>from</span> <span m='166910'>the</span> <span m='166990'>beginning,</span> <span m='167560'>which</span> <span m='167660'>was</span> <span m='168680'>go</span> <span m='168810'>to</span> <span m='168880'>business</span> <span m='169290'>school.</span> <span m='170300'>Go</span> <span m='170420'>get</span> <span m='170570'>an</span> <span m='170680'>MBA,</span> <span m='171550'>and</span> <span m='172130'>it'll</span> <span m='172450'>be</span> <span m='172600'>a</span> <span m='172660'>practical</span> <span m='173270'>tool</span> <span m='173620'>for</span> <span m='173750'>you</span> <span m='173910'>to</span> <span m='174060'>use</span> <span m='174550'>your</span> <span m='174700'>whole</span> <span m='174950'>life.</span> <span m='175240'>Because</span> <span m='175480'>I</span> <span m='175540'>was</span> <span m='175650'>a</span> <span m='175700'>little</span> <span m='175920'>bit</span> <span m='176040'>uncertain,</span> <span m='176490'>actually,</span> <span m='176820'>what</span> <span m='177020'>I</span> <span m='177070'>wanted</span> <span m='177490'>to</span> <span m='177620'>do.</span> <span m='178310'>I</span> <span m='178360'>knew</span> <span m='178580'>what</span> <span m='178790'>I</span> <span m='178860'>was</span> <span m='179070'>interested</span> <span m='179540'>in,</span> <span m='179820'>but</span> <span m='180340'>it</span> <span m='180450'>wasn't</span> <span m='180680'>really</span> <span m='180900'>clear</span> <span m='181310'>how</span> <span m='181540'>that</span> <span m='181840'>could</span> <span m='182010'>become</span> <span m='182520'>like</span> <span m='182750'>a</span> <span m='182870'>career</span> <span m='183350'>at</span> <span m='183480'>that</span> <span m='183680'>point.</span> </p><p><span m='184070'>So</span> <span m='184950'>anyway</span> <span m='185450'>I</span> <span m='185540'>went</span> <span m='185710'>to</span> <span m='185770'>business</span> <span m='186160'>school.</span> <span m='187260'>That</span> <span m='187560'>was</span> <span m='188070'>a</span> <span m='188190'>thing</span> <span m='188560'>in</span> <span m='188680'>and</span> <span m='188800'>of</span> <span m='188920'>itself.</span> <span m='189500'>It</span> <span m='189620'>was</span> <span m='190120'>good</span> <span m='190260'>advice,</span> <span m='190520'>it</span> <span m='190810'>was</span> <span m='190970'>practical,</span> <span m='191620'>it's</span> <span m='191750'>a</span> <span m='191780'>great</span> <span m='192150'>tool</span> <span m='192390'>in</span> <span m='192470'>my</span> <span m='192580'>belt.</span> <span m='193970'>But</span> <span m='194150'>I</span> <span m='194230'>finished</span> <span m='194570'>school</span> <span m='195030'>and</span> <span m='196200'>also</span> <span m='196540'>going</span> <span m='196850'>into</span> <span m='197110'>the</span> <span m='197430'>traditional,</span> <span m='198130'>maybe</span> <span m='198410'>corporate</span> <span m='198850'>marketing</span> <span m='199280'>paths</span> <span m='199680'>didn't</span> <span m='199950'>seem</span> <span m='200480'>right,</span> <span m='200760'>and</span> <span m='200920'>so</span> <span m='201310'>I</span> <span m='201410'>thought,</span> <span m='201840'>let's</span> <span m='201990'>travel</span> <span m='202360'>again.</span> </p><p><span m='203580'>So</span> <span m='204690'>with</span> <span m='205010'>a</span> <span m='205050'>group</span> <span m='205260'>of</span> <span m='205390'>friends,</span> <span m='205980'>I</span> <span m='206120'>ended</span> <span m='206450'>up</span> <span m='206710'>moving</span> <span m='207300'>to</span> <span m='207420'>Mozambique,</span> <span m='208100'>which</span> <span m='208420'>is</span> <span m='208660'>in</span> <span m='208890'>Southeast</span> <span m='209330'>Africa.</span> <span m='210630'>And</span> <span m='211130'>we</span> <span m='211270'>all</span> <span m='211420'>worked</span> <span m='211790'>as</span> <span m='212150'>freelance</span> <span m='212570'>consultants</span> <span m='213170'>there.</span> <span m='213360'>We</span> <span m='213480'>were</span> <span m='213590'>helping</span> <span m='213900'>people</span> <span m='214210'>raise</span> <span m='214450'>money</span> <span m='214770'>for</span> <span m='214920'>different</span> <span m='215220'>projects.</span> <span m='216170'>And</span> <span m='216820'>I</span> <span m='216910'>lived</span> <span m='217140'>there</span> <span m='217290'>for</span> <span m='217450'>almost</span> <span m='217770'>five</span> <span m='218030'>years</span> <span m='218250'>before</span> <span m='218560'>moving</span> <span m='218850'>to</span> <span m='218950'>California.</span> <span m='220290'>And</span> <span m='220560'>toward</span> <span m='220760'>the</span> <span m='220880'>end</span> <span m='221110'>of</span> <span m='221600'>my</span> <span m='221730'>time</span> <span m='221990'>in</span> <span m='222080'>Africa,</span> <span m='223480'>I</span> <span m='223580'>was</span> <span m='223740'>doing</span> <span m='223970'>jewelry</span> <span m='224240'>making</span> <span m='224560'>as</span> <span m='224660'>a</span> <span m='224700'>hobby,</span> <span m='225330'>and</span> <span m='225580'>it</span> <span m='225660'>was</span> <span m='225780'>something</span> <span m='226170'>just</span> <span m='226480'>to</span> <span m='226890'>let</span> <span m='227020'>off</span> <span m='227200'>stress,</span> <span m='227780'>to</span> <span m='227870'>balance</span> <span m='228520'>my</span> <span m='228670'>life</span> <span m='229010'>which</span> <span m='229200'>was</span> <span m='229340'>mostly</span> <span m='229770'>on</span> <span m='229880'>the</span> <span m='229970'>computer.</span> <span m='230960'>At</span> <span m='231110'>that</span> <span m='231360'>point</span> <span m='231580'>it</span> <span m='231670'>was</span> <span m='232290'>pretty</span> <span m='232510'>stressful</span> <span m='232910'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='234240'>And</span> <span m='234430'>I</span> <span m='234510'>just</span> <span m='234890'>kept</span> <span m='235120'>coming</span> <span m='235430'>back</span> <span m='235730'>to</span> <span m='235900'>it,</span> <span m='236070'>and</span> <span m='237000'>then</span> <span m='237270'>I</span> <span m='237350'>realized,</span> <span m='237750'>wow,</span> <span m='237920'>I've</span> <span m='238090'>actually</span> <span m='238380'>been</span> <span m='238530'>making</span> <span m='238850'>jewelry since</span> <span m='239310'>I</span> <span m='239360'>was a</span> <span m='239580'>little</span> <span m='239850'>kid.</span> <span m='240600'>But</span> <span m='240800'>I</span> <span m='240870'>never</span> <span m='241150'>took</span> <span m='241360'>it</span> <span m='241520'>seriously,</span> <span m='242040'>because</span> <span m='242350'>I</span> <span m='242400'>wasn't</span> <span m='243270'>like</span> <span m='243450'>the</span> <span m='243550'>classic</span> <span m='244080'>artist</span> <span m='244430'>who's</span> <span m='244620'>good</span> <span m='244770'>at</span> <span m='244880'>drawing</span> <span m='245200'>and</span> <span m='245340'>painting.</span> <span m='246070'>I</span> <span m='246230'>just</span> <span m='246470'>enjoyed</span> <span m='246940'>making</span> <span m='247290'>things,</span> <span m='247550'>I</span> <span m='247630'>like</span> <span m='247900'>being</span> <span m='248090'>crafty.</span> </p><p><span m='249280'>And</span> <span m='249430'>I</span> <span m='249480'>thought</span> <span m='249760'>wow,</span> <span m='249930'>maybe</span> <span m='250340'>this has</span> <span m='250530'>been</span> <span m='250660'>here</span> <span m='250960'>all</span> <span m='251170'>along.</span> <span m='252100'>Now</span> <span m='252280'>that</span> <span m='252430'>I've</span> <span m='252590'>got</span> <span m='252880'>a</span> <span m='252940'>little</span> <span m='253170'>bit</span> <span m='253310'>of</span> <span m='253420'>life</span> <span m='253650'>experience,</span> <span m='254540'>I've</span> <span m='254730'>got</span> <span m='255340'>the</span> <span m='255420'>business</span> <span m='255850'>background,</span> <span m='256730'>what if</span> <span m='257110'>I go</span> <span m='257190'>to</span> <span m='257430'>art</span> <span m='257829'>school,</span> <span m='258810'>learn</span> <span m='259149'>the</span> <span m='259260'>technical</span> <span m='259810'>side,</span> <span m='260120'>learn</span> <span m='260290'>how</span> <span m='260430'>to</span> <span m='260540'>solder,</span> <span m='261079'>learn</span> <span m='261279'>how</span> <span m='261420'>to</span> <span m='261620'>set</span> <span m='261850'>stones,</span> <span m='263080'>and</span> <span m='263320'>try</span> <span m='263590'>to</span> <span m='263710'>do</span> <span m='263930'>this.</span> <span m='264280'>Try</span> <span m='264510'>to</span> <span m='264610'>put</span> <span m='264880'>my</span> <span m='264990'>knowledge</span> <span m='265540'>behind</span> <span m='266280'>my</span> <span m='266470'>own</span> <span m='266720'>interests</span> <span m='267450'>and</span> <span m='268140'>make</span> <span m='268320'>a</span> <span m='268410'>career</span> <span m='268790'>out</span> <span m='268910'>of</span> <span m='268980'>being</span> <span m='269220'>a</span> <span m='269270'>jeweler</span> <span m='269620'>and a</span> <span m='269710'>metalsmith.</span> </p><p><span m='270330'>And</span> <span m='270590'>so</span> <span m='271520'>that's</span> <span m='271710'>what</span> <span m='271820'>I</span> <span m='271940'>ended up</span> <span m='272240'>doing.</span> <span m='272520'>I went</span> <span m='272760'>to</span> <span m='272860'>California</span> <span m='273400'>College</span> <span m='273700'>of</span> <span m='273790'>the</span> <span m='273930'>Arts,</span> <span m='274400'>and</span> <span m='274830'>graduated</span> <span m='276160'>almost</span> <span m='276550'>a</span> <span m='276570'>year</span> <span m='276800'>ago.</span> <span m='277730'>And</span> <span m='278000'>now</span> <span m='278270'>I'm</span> <span m='278450'>here,</span> <span m='278700'>doing</span> <span m='279070'>this.</span> <span m='279310'>It's</span> <span m='279820'>learning</span> <span m='280220'>still,</span> <span m='280500'>step</span> <span m='280720'>by</span> <span m='280850'>step,</span> <span m='281200'>figuring</span> <span m='281570'>it</span> <span m='281660'>out,</span> <span m='282060'>but</span> <span m='282720'>that's</span> <span m='283140'>how</span> <span m='283340'>I</span> <span m='283440'>got</span> <span m='284100'>into</span> <span m='284160'>being</span> <span m='284360'>an</span> <span m='284440'>artist.</span> </p><p><span m='285500'>My</span> <span m='285800'>advice</span> <span m='286290'>is,</span> <span m='286660'>if</span> <span m='286820'>you</span> <span m='286960'>have</span> <span m='287230'>a</span> <span m='287310'>chance</span> <span m='287990'>to</span> <span m='288120'>go</span> <span m='288980'>experience</span> <span m='289810'>life</span> <span m='290090'>outside</span> <span m='290580'>of</span> <span m='290680'>the</span> <span m='290760'>place</span> <span m='291080'>you</span> <span m='291200'>call</span> <span m='291490'>home</span> <span m='291810'>for</span> <span m='291970'>a</span> <span m='292070'>while,</span> <span m='292740'>jump</span> <span m='293010'>on</span> <span m='293180'>it.</span> <span m='293350'>Even</span> <span m='293590'>if</span> <span m='293720'>it's</span> <span m='293910'>just</span> <span m='294140'>for</span> <span m='294280'>a</span> <span m='294350'>couple</span> <span m='294660'>of</span> <span m='294790'>weeks</span> <span m='295080'>staying</span> <span m='295330'>with</span> <span m='295470'>a</span> <span m='295540'>relative</span> <span m='296030'>who</span> <span m='296170'>lives</span> <span m='296470'>on</span> <span m='296560'>the</span> <span m='296670'>East</span> <span m='296890'>Coast,</span> <span m='297440'>or</span> <span m='297760'>if</span> <span m='297830'>you're</span> <span m='297960'>able</span> <span m='298220'>to</span> <span m='298310'>do</span> <span m='298500'>an</span> <span m='298590'>exchange</span> <span m='299090'>program</span> <span m='299490'>for</span> <span m='299590'>the</span> <span m='299700'>summer,</span> <span m='300220'>or</span> <span m='300450'>even</span> <span m='300760'>for</span> <span m='300940'>a</span> <span m='301080'>year.</span> <span m='301860'>Getting</span> <span m='302130'>the</span> <span m='302250'>chance</span> <span m='302800'>to</span> <span m='303000'>live</span> <span m='303350'>the</span> <span m='303410'>day-to-day</span> <span m='304440'>of</span> <span m='304650'>a</span> <span m='304680'>different</span> <span m='305030'>reality</span> <span m='305510'>is</span> <span m='305670'>really</span> <span m='305900'>valuable,</span> <span m='306400'>and</span> <span m='306490'>it's</span> <span m='306630'>something</span> <span m='306930'>that</span> <span m='307080'>totally</span> <span m='307530'>opened</span> <span m='308500'>my</span> <span m='308760'>eyes</span> <span m='309370'>and</span> <span m='310140'>eventually</span> <span m='310580'>changed</span> <span m='310890'>what</span> <span m='311000'>I</span> <span m='311040'>wanted</span> <span m='311300'>to</span> <span m='311400'>do</span> <span m='311550'>with</span> <span m='311720'>my</span> <span m='311840'>life.</span> <span m='312250'>And</span> <span m='312750'>a</span> <span m='312850'>lot</span> <span m='313030'>of</span> <span m='313110'>the</span> <span m='313740'>discomfort</span> <span m='314640'>and</span> <span m='315420'>just</span> <span m='315660'>new</span> <span m='316080'>ways</span> <span m='316460'>of</span> <span m='316550'>seeing</span> <span m='317470'>things</span> <span m='317770'>that</span> <span m='317920'>you</span> <span m='318040'>get</span> <span m='318260'>out</span> <span m='318450'>of</span> <span m='319140'>being</span> <span m='319600'>away</span> <span m='319990'>from</span> <span m='320290'>where</span> <span m='320490'>you're</span> <span m='320680'>from,</span> <span m='321100'>and</span> <span m='321490'>having</span> <span m='321940'>to</span> <span m='322490'>redefine</span> <span m='323100'>yourself.</span> <span m='323820'>That's</span> <span m='323990'>going to</span> <span m='324060'>serve you</span> <span m='324570'>for</span> <span m='324690'>the</span> <span m='324800'>rest</span> <span m='325050'>of</span> <span m='325130'>your</span> <span m='325270'>life.</span> 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