We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Dunbar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This question comes at a pretty pivotal point in my life, as I’ve recently quit my full time job to jump head first into my creative endeavors. This decision has been one of the biggest risks I’ve taken- possibly in my entire life. I had worked most of my adult life towards a specific career goal that never quite panned out the way I thought it would. Jewelry making had always been a hobby/side-hustle that was slowly growing into something bigger and more difficult for me to balance with a full time job. I kept dreaming of quitting so that I could pursue jewelry making full time, but kept circling back around to “is this risk worth it”? After about a year of back and forth, I finally decided there was no way to answer that question until I actually DID it. I think that’s the biggest take away I’ve had so far as a small business. There are so many fears and uncertainties to navigate but there are also as many victories that we may not get to experience if not for taking that initial risky jump.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started making jewelry a little over 3 years ago. I had taken a few random art classes out of boredom hoping that something would stick. My grandmother, who also is a jewelry maker, reached out with some hand me down tools which peaked my interest in silversmithing. I took a few workshops, did a lot of YouTube research, and eventually decided to set up a home studio in my garage. Living in Phoenix, this only allowed me a few months out of the year to comfortably work without heat exhaustion. It was a slow roll, and I almost quit more times than I can count. I was not immediately gifted at it, which was incredibly frustrating and discouraging. It took a lot of perseverance and a sense of humor to get where I am today. There’s a quote somewhere about making bad art until it becomes good art, and that’s basically the path I took. I have a drawer full of terrible and embarrassing failed projects but I keep them around to remind me how far I’ve come.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give a shout out to my partner, Kyle, who has helped me shape Little Fang into an actual functioning business and not just a hobby. Without his encouragement, help behind the camera, and general computer-tech savviness (that I definitely do not have) I’m not sure I would be where I am today.