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

Hi Hannah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is essential to growth and success. Failure is only complete if one fails to risk. This doesn’t mean that one should not research and plan, just the opposite is true. A successful risk is one that has been weighed, measured, and planned for.

Risk has pushed me out of my comfort zone, encouraging me to use my skills and knowledge to grow my business. It has allowed me to rid myself of jobs that do not serve my needs, and be brave enough to move states in pursuit of my dreams.

Risk is a pathway to success, and if you have really thought through the rewards of the risk, and the possible pitfalls, you are prepared to take that leap of faith and fly!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Surviving the last two years of life has been a great accomplishment, as the darkness of depression and fear of the unknown future threatened to crush the soul out of me. I am beginning to dream again, beginning to see the garments I want to make dancing in my mind. I am beginning to see a new way of speaking through the work of my hands.

Adversity lends itself to resiliency. I am nothing, if not resilient. After being broken down into nothing, I am reconstituting myself into something new. The old skin doesn’t fit anymore. The old ideas are dust. Time to add water to them, create a new clay. A new form. A new me.

2019 I was a designer of clothing, a hopeful, waiting for someone to discover me. 2022 I am an artist, no longer waiting to be chosen. I am creating a voice for myself, not needing validation from others.

This transformation has been painful, full of doubt and confusion, but I allowed the process to work. Now, as I plan for the future, I am no longer doubtful. I am sure. I am excited to find a new way to share my work with the world. What that means in a tangible form, I do not know yet; I am not quite done transforming. Soon.

Learning to allow all that fear, doubt, and frustration to become fodder for work rather than a weight bearing down on me has been a difficult lesson. I had to release all my dreams and plans I had made, as they no longer worked for the new Covid reality. This was terrifying, yet freeing. I was able to release dreams that were too small, plans that no longer fit. I was able to wipe the slate clean. Closing my business was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and also one of the most liberating.

Now, it is time to plan anew. A new business, and new life, and a new voice. I am ready for the challenge.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For me, I like to share the joys of the beaches, as I grew up in rainy Seattle. Here you can go to the beach without a raincoat and boots! Since I have a dog, I like to take people to the dog beach at Huntington. Who doesn’t love a day of sun, sand, and dogs?

We can pop over and grab lunch at one of the restaurants right off the beach, do a little shopping, or rent a tandem bike for a jaunt. We can grab happy hour and people watch, and then go back to the beach for sunset.

Closing out the night, we can crash a beach bonfire party, meet new people and bury our feet into the quickly cooling sand.

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?
My successes are only successes because I have the support of an amazing network of humans! Coming from the world of theater and costume design, I have a web of humans whose lives have mingled with mine on artistic projects spanning almost two decades, and when I decided to move into apparel, these artists supported my choice with their time, volunteering to help with events and projects. They supported with their dollars, hiring me to do projects for them, or buying tickets to events. They supported with their voices, sharing my work on social media and with friends and family.

I will never be able to fully repay the support offered me by this scrappy group of people, but I sure will try.

Website: www.hannahschnabel.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/belleampleur

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannahschnabel/

Image Credits
Beth Olson Creative Norm Bowler Inspire by Danielle

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