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

Hi Emma, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always known from a young age that I wanted to be my own boss, have my own business and share my art with the world. It took me many years to tap into my creativity and become confident with sharing my work. My dream has always been to create my own schedule and have the flexibility to work from anywhere. I am extremely grateful that I am now at a point in my life where I am running my business full time, and not as my side gig!

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 create hand beaded jewelry using a needle and thread and my hands. It is very therapeutic and meditative for me to have this medium that brings me a great deal of peace while I work. I started beading about six years ago, teaching myself from books and videos online. It took me many months to get the hang of it, but once I did, it felt like I had discovered a lost part of me that clicked back into place. I take in a lot of inspiration from my travels and nature as well as art, design and architecture. Each design is intuitively woven without a design or pattern. I never know what I will create when I sit down to make something new, and I love that about this medium.

I has not been the easiest road starting my own business and sharing my art with the world. Luckily, I have incredible friends who are on similar paths as myself, so we are able to help each other out when needed and get support and insight from each other. I think it can be a little intimidating to start your own business and feel like you have no one to talk to for help and support. I have found the best thing is to reach out to other artists or business owners and ask for insight on what you’re struggling with! Connection and communication is so helpful when you’re first starting out.

I want people to know that it is absolutely possible to start your own business and be supported and successful. There is plenty of room for all of us creatives to be living our dream. I hope to inspire others to do the same for themselves.

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?
I’m always the most excited about being outside and finding the best spots in nature, eating amazing food and finding small shops to support!

I would take them to spend a lot of time at the beaches up in Malibu, drives and hikes in Topanga for sure and up and down the coast.

Favorite food stops would have to be Gjusta, Tocaya, Mtn, Pono Burger, Topanga Living Cafe and of course farmers market goodies. I know there is a lot of incredible food I have yet to try in the city!

My favorite small shops to support are Tortoise General Store and General Store in Venice!

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. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Most definitely my partner Toni! He has been the most supportive and loving throughout my journey with my business. He has been the person that has always helped me push myself to get out of my comfort zone and gives me the best pep talks. I can always count on him for encouragement, insight and trust. Toni has truly been a blessing in supporting me on my creative path and following my purpose in life.

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