We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Waters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, do you think college was worth it?
I absolutely think college has made an important impact on my life and career. I remember coming across a stat when I was younger stating only 5% of the global population had a bachelor degree. That’s not many. So because of that, I always viewed college and extending one’s education as a privilege. At 18, not having decided what exact career path I would take, I chose to study psychology which truly relates to everything. I studied many facets including development, sociology, bio, and theories of counseling. There is a lot I learned, but I think what has stuck with me and benefited me most is having an understating of human behavior and motives, being able to think critically and discern information in a world full of false formation, and communication skills. When it came to the price tag, I absolutely thought it was worth it. College is expensive but there are options to make it less expensive. There are many options for students with income restrictions such as scholarships, grants, etc. I hope everyone will consider college as I’ve never heard anyone to regret it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Throughout my life I dabbled in a lot of mediums of art which include oil painting, charcoals, photography, fashion design, jewlery design, writing, ceramics, and other forms. Of all of these, jewlery design, ceramics, and photography have been my favorites. What I am now focusing on is jewlery design because I love that it is a wearable art. I also love that there is a sentimentality and memory attached to it. That’s why I feel jewlery is important. My jewlery is very colorful. I use only high- grade gems sourced from all over the globe. These special rocks have healing energy and people are drawn to what they need. I am proud that the pieces are so well-received and enjoyed by my customers. I am also proud that my jewlery has reached a global audience thorough various editorial features. Over the last few years I’ve been slowly building up my company. There is always something to do or someone to call. It’s a lot but it’s worth it. I enjoy learning as I go, expanding my company and making clients happy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In LA there is so much to do and see. There is still a lot that I would like to check out. If I were to have a friend visit, there are plenty of good places. It’s always fun to go downtown to the industrial part and check out all the spots in the garment district. At sunset, it’s nice to check out the Griffith observatory up on the hill near the Hollywood sign. The Getty is a great place to spend an afternoon. The gem and mineral hall at the LA Natural History Museum is a must. It’s nice to ride bikes near the beach in Santa Monica. There is good shopping at the Grove. Lastly, I love all of the new and exciting dining in LA: La Brea Bakery is awesome, brunch at the Beverly Hills hotel, appetizers at Chateau Marmont.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been a lot of mentors during my path. I have had many great teachers through my education. I am thankful to my family members for instilling the love of beauty in all things upon me. I am thankful to my parents for always encouraging and supporting me in my artistic endeavors. I can credit mainly my loving family and my fiancé for pushing me to pursue my dreams.
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