We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrienne Lynn and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adrienne, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your own business?                                                                                   

Absolutely!  There was a definite defining moment in my life where the idea of starting my own business came about. I had just gotten home from a really long work week and was feeling pretty exhausted with not having enough time to devote to the things that make me happy outside of work like getting involved with my community which is something I’ve always been a part of since I was young girl from planting trees, to working with vets/the homeless, women’s shelters, food banks, etc. I work long hours as a SFX/MU Artist in the Film Industry and absolutely LOVE what I do for a living but I don’t get a lot of free time to do much else aside from that.. I am also battling an auto immune disease so I knew I needed to scale back my hours, focus on my health, spend more time with my family and do something for myself that makes me happy. That’s when I thought why not create a small business that allowed all these things to exist simultaneously. So I created a company where I make high-quality enamel pins, patches and stickers that have a hidden meaning.  Lemme explain:  The idea behind my company is that the wearer chooses a product that resonates with them where proceeds go to various org/non-profits.  For example.. my mom is a hospice nurse so one of my pins is a “Forget Me Not” flower which benefits The Alzheimer’s Association.  Another top seller is my “Moist” pin with a portion of the proceeds going to “Heal the Bay”.  People hate that word lol so I wanted to give it a second chance at redemption by doing some good for our oceans.  I put a lot of time and energy into the meanings behind each design.  Some are pretty straight forward and others are pretty involved like my “You are Magic” Pin where every star, point and dot is symbolic. Or my “Snug Life” pin which is based off my rescue bunny “BunBunz” with pin donations going to the “Bunny Bunch Rabbit Rescue”.  I realize some of my pins aren’t everyones cup of tea and that’s ok because it’s freedom of self expression.  The wearer/purchaser has a bond with the pin but to anyone else seeing the pin, it looks like a normal rabbit, flower, etc. and that’s the beauty in it.  They affect people differently.  I really enjoy the symbolism of what my designs mean to the people buying them.   I didn’t start a business to make money.  I started a business to make a difference.. however big or small that is.  When you’re your own boss you get to make whatever you want… and that’s pretty awesome.

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?                                     

Aww!  Thank you!  As I mentioned above, I’m a SFX/MU Artist for Film/TV/Commercial, etc.  It’s such a fun and rewarding career that has taken me to some of the most amazing places, and has allowed me to continue to grow as an artist by working alongside, and learning from, some of the most talented artists in the industry.  I remember being called to work on a movie alongside Greg Cannom (Oscar Winner/Nominee) and Margaret Prentice (phenomenal makeup fx artist from some of my fav 80’s/90’s movies like “The Thing”, “Legend” and “Robocop”) thinking I was going to have a heart attack because I was such a fan of their work and wanted to make sure I didn’t disappoint them. I love working in a constantly changing environment.  One minute you’re applying a full prosthetic demon makeup and the next you’re flying to another state to do a makeup knee deep in mud in the middle of a swamp.. you never know where this career will take you, well sometimes you know, but it’s an ever-changing world.. and it’s so much fun! I am very lucky to have a career getting paid doing what I love.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say to was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc?       

Ohhhh, let’s see.. I really enjoy doing anything outdoors and being submerged in nature so we’d probably start off at the Lake Shrine Meditation Garden in Malibu for some relaxing walks around their lush gardens.  It’s a truly magical place where no cell phones are allowed so you’re forced to engage with your surroundings.  It’s very relaxing.  Then off for some gluten free treats at Breadblok in Santa Monica.  They’re a third generation French bakery that caters to us celiac folk so I was thrilled to discover this place. Think gf donuts and pastries.  Their maple donut and cheese crackers are my favorite.  Next, it’s a drive up the coast to sink our toes in the sand at Paradise Cove and relax under an umbrella basking in the sun at the beach.  They have fun drinks and an outdoor area with chairs in the sand, a cabana or a good ol’ beach towel. Laid back and playful.  I’m all about the hot springs and sunset soaks so we’d keep driving north to Sycamore Springs for a thermal hot springs dip or even further to Big Sur at The Post Ranch Inn for spectacular views of the ocean/redwoods atop a cliff’s edge.  And we’d definitely be checking in for a couple nights stay.  The hiking in Big Sur is so beautiful when walking amongst the redwoods.  It’s a great place to feel small in comparison to the ancient trees.. in a good way. I love experiencing that with someone.  There’s an amazing crepe place in San Luis Obispo on the way back called Mon Ami Crepe Bar that has the best gf crepes I’ve ever had.  I make a special stop there whenever I can.  When back in LA we’d hit up the Troubadour to catch a band play.. They’re one of my favorite venues to see live music.  And I love going to the Pantages Theater to see a play whenever my schedule allows.  The theater itself is gorgeous and their rendition of Phantom of the Opera is amazing.  I think I’ve seen it every time they’ve announced it’s playing.  That wraps up the week!  There are so many fun places to visit and check out in LA and California .. you’ll never run out of things to do.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

I’ve always been a huge admirer of Anais Nin.  Her writings are inspirational to me and I love to reflect on this quote of hers when I’m feeling stuck mentally, artistically… and continue to push myself through whatever challenges I’m facing at the moment. A good reminder. — “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”.

And of course my mom, daughter and family .. the most important people in my life.

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