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Life & Work with Jeannine Beavers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeannine Beavers.

Hi Jeannine, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Hello, thank you for having me. I am a California native. I grew up in Pixley-Teviston California which is in the San Joaquin Valley. I’m a proud small town girl. I then moved to Southern California to complete my education and play college basketball. My goal was to play in the WNBA and eventually collaborate with my favorite athletic brands, designing athletic apparel. Unfortunately, I had an ACL injury in the 1st season of college. Following my injury, life changed for me and although I slowly continued my education, I didn’t continue my athletic career and chose to work while attending school.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road is never smooth. My biggest lessons came after my decision to switch careers. I held more than a full-time class schedule, worked, and a mother of an energetic young man. It was important that I kept a strict schedule: study time/homework, work, meals, sleep (maybe, more like naps), and driving time. Military level time management, eliminating all distractions, in order to achieve my goals. It didn’t start out this way, but as I pivoted my career into fashion, the design program at L.A. Trade Tech was fast-paced and hands on, lecture at 7am and then, turn around and execute the lesson during lab time, with strict deadlines. The expectations were high, I had to ask myself how I would accomplish my goals and what was holding me back from meeting the standards early on. The conclusion was time management and mindset. In order to make the changes I wanted, switching careers, I had to work twice as hard and change my habits in order to achieve.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a seamstress, pattern maker, and designer. Prior to becoming a seamstress, I was an audio engineer and lighting designer at a jazz club in Down Town L.A. for seven years. I was inspired by the costumes the jazz performers and burlesque dancers wore. I decided to seek out the best education to gain the technical skills necessary to achieve my goal of creating beautiful garments. Through research and recommendations, I found L.A. Trade Tech to be the best choice. Though I already held 2 degrees, 1 in Music and 1 in Liberal Arts, I jumped in without hesitation, completing a two year degree from L.A. Trade Tech and a four year degree from Cal State University Northridge. My initial career goal, post design degree was to launch a clothing brand, but I soon discovered that the skills I attained as a seamstress were in high demand, and is a lucrative career that I never considered, and has lead me to work with some of the top Stylists, and Artists in the industry, as well as incredible L.A. based Designers.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
It’s difficult to pin down one characteristic but, Leadership skills are an important component of success, keeping in mind success is a collaborative effort. As a seamstress, I have the ability to see a design through the entire process from sketch, measurements of the client, pattern or drape, fabric selection/ cutting, to the execution of the construction, and final fittings/alterations. My technical skills set me apart from many, as well as my love for color theory. I’m most proud of my positive attitude and solution-based mindset. These are all skills anyone can develop.

Contact Info:

  • Email: info@couturenoir.com
  • Instagram: jeannine_beavers

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