Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Spiroff.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always seen myself as an artist, and have always been drawn to the use of crystals, stones, & metals. I think this passion is actually somehow embedded in my DNA. My great grandfather was a mineralogist and college professor at Michigan Tech. The impact he made on his students inspired the mineral, Spiroffite, to be named after him. Being born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, my family and I would often visit The Quincy Mine, one of Michigan’s copper mines that operated from the 1800s to the 1940s. Summers at my grandparent’s property have been some of my fondest childhood memories. We didn’t have TV, so we came up with ways to entertain ourselves. Crafting with my cousins and sorting through my aunt’s jewelry as if I had my own little jewelry boutique was my entertainment!
Jewelry design and production is definitely a work in progress. I’m always learning new techniques. Initially, I would have to give credit to my cousin who taught me some of the basic wire wrapping and jewelry making techniques, my best friend who encouraged and pushed me to jumpstart my career in the jewelry business and my mentor who has taught me the “ins and outs” of design and running my own business.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a bumpy road that’s for sure! I have been told no a lot. Some days, I feel “stuck” while other days the inspiration is jammin’. Recently I felt lost and unsure of where I wanted to go with my brand, which happened to be during the Borderline shooting and wildfires. I felt called to give back to the community I was raised in. My creative juices started flowing and that’s when I collaborated with my cousin Emily to design the California Rise mug. It represents the rise of humanity! It coincides with the tragedies as well as the ups and downs of life & my brand.
I commit to stay grounded and get out in nature as much as possible to recharge. Maintaining positive energy and momentum of what I desire is key. My advice is to take every failure as a lesson and not an end game. Be authentic in who you are and what you believe and the universe will deliver. Get out of your comfort zone (this one is huge for me – still working on it every day) but that’s where the possibilities lie. We are human. Believe in yourself + always love yourself.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Youthquake Revolution – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Youthquake Revolution is a Jewelry and lifestyle brand inspired by the four elements – earth, air, fire, + water. I mix base metals & raw stones to create unique jewelry designs as well as incorporate the nostalgia of vintage. Originally, the term, ” Youth Quake” was coined in the sixties by Vogue magazine’s editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland. It represented a fashion revolution and the dramatic impact that the rising culture of youth had on the world of fashion. The term resonated with me and embodies my commitment to inspire young individuals, especially young women, to explore the unknown, to live with intent, to be brave, and to see themselves as wildflowers rising against the ordinary. I am proud to stand for a Revolution that I feel is huge in today’s society. It’s the spirit, soul, and passion of the individual. In a heartfelt attempt to make a positive impact on the world, it encourages each of us to find peace and a connection with the universe as one.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My parents have always supported my creativity and passion to live out my wildest dreams. They’ve taught me the importance of a strong work ethic and to stand up for my morals and values. Our family motto is “Rocket fire and kick ass all day!” And that is exactly what I do.
- Website: www.youthquakerevolution.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youthquake_revolution/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youthquakerevolution/
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