Ep. 1: Honoring Creativity as a Silversmith with Guest Nevada Watt
How does a silversmith in rural America share and sell her creations with thousands when the closest town is an hour and a half away?
Nevada Watt discusses her start in the silversmith trade and developing her western traditional & cultural style. On today’s episode, we talk with her and discover how the search for joy has mapped her successful career. We dive into where her inspiration comes from, how she creates more efficiently, and uses batch work to save time. She strives to be original and creative, avoiding copying other designers work and the comparison game.
"If you don't value your work. Nobody, else will. Stand behind the work you do. Stand behind the price you set or give it completely away," Nevada tells us. We discuss why pricing for overhead is crucial as a business owner and why family and friends discounts are a slippery slope.
Nevada works with her hands, which brings joy to herself and others, honors her creativity, and immerses her in the lives around her. Although silversmithing is a very specific trade, I know you will be inspired by her entrepreneurial spirit and drive.
As a teacher of the trade, Nevada tells us why you don't need to be an expert to share your knowledge. "When you share, you're setting yourself as a voice of expertise," she says, "It's good for you and your own work to share with other people." Although she says she is no expert and is learning every single day, it’s important for her to be honest and share the knowledge she knows because it is valuable. “Don’t think you have to be the best at what you do. I never want to be the best at what I do because then you stop learning.”
Join us for the full interview!
Thank you again, Nevada! I had such a great time chatting with you. I love your work and your viewpoint on success.
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