We had the good fortune of connecting with Janet Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janet, why did you pursue a creative career?
Growing up in a non-English speaking household with refugee parents who wanted nothing but their children to become doctors, all I knew was the pursuit of healthcare. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science (emphasis on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention), and worked in healthcare for the last 5 years. I have always enjoyed generating yoga sequences for my yogis more than I did creating health programs for patients because there was always that creative and spiritual aspect of helping others focus their minds on nothing but becoming present and at peace that I loved. I have always been attached to creating, but there was always that yearning to create more. Once I decided to step into the artistic world of interior design and candle-making, I explored new ideas and experimented with different designs and development. This career was nothing but worthwhile. It was nerve-racking at first because everything was so new to me, but at the same time, it was exhilarating. I have not looked back after that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a yoga instructor, interior designer, and owner of a candle-making business, I am constantly envisioning new possibilities for human expression. I get most excited working with my clients to establish their preferences, create and present mood boards, focus on decorative details, and put together furnishings. I believe your home is your most expressive space. I love helping clients create an atmosphere that is both inviting and peaceful, while at the same time, representing who they are. Furthermore, as an owner and creator of a candle-making business, I create candles that add final touches to your home, workplace, and yoga/meditation practice. I am proud when I create candles that provide a sense of serenity and tranquility that people crave to come home to. I have gotten to where I am today through the enthusiastic advice of my family and best friends who were supportive of my decision to pursue an artistic/creative career. I woke up one day and thought to myself, “it’s now or never.” Although I am definitely not where I want to be yet, I think it is important to respect the process. I did not wake up one day knowing how to teach yoga, create home designs, or make specialty candles. It is all about trial and error, and the willingness to continue practicing despite difficulties so that you become skilled at your craft. Mistakes will be made along your journey but it is worthwhile once you realize that creating art is your passion. I want the world to know that I put all my love and care into everything I do, and you will not regret having me work with you through your journey.
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 it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love anything ethnic-related. I can’t get enough of West African food at L.A.’s local mom and pop shop called Veronica’s Kitchen. Indian food at Al-Noor and vegan food at the Grain Cafe is amazing. There is also Aburi Sushi located in LA county that is a must. If you are looking for more Asian food, specifically, Vietnamese food, then the city of Westminster in Orange County is the best place to go for a variety of options.
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 family and my best friends are my sources of inspiration. I would not be here without their support.
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