We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Dayco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I believe that one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to stay true to my own creative voice and vision. But also in conjunction with being flexible, so that I can creatively evolve as well! What I might be inspired by one day, may be just “meh” the next day. Or at times, I’ll be inspired by a particular theme or aesthetic, and I try my best to have it come to fruition by creating a collection that fleshes the all the ideas out. Just even learning and understanding the concept that one’s creative inspiration can ebb and flow, it can be still water one day, or become roaring rapids another day! I think it’s best to give yourself grace when it comes to harnessing your artistic sensibilities–not everything can be “green lights” all the way through. I have definitely made pieces I didn’t necessarily like, and they are all unfinished and sitting in a box somewhere. Or, I’ll finish off a piece that I’m not thrilled about, sit on it for a few hours, and then come back and re-work it somehow. Sometimes I’ll get it right the first time….or second…or third time! Also, in addition to staying true to your own vision, it’s important to always remind yourself that there are many people out there who crave and seek out individuality, and the world definitely needs your uniqueness.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think what sets anyone apart from others is inherent in one’s own body and soul at any given moment in time. You and I experience the world through our senses–physical and/or intuitive–and we draw from those experiences in order to create. Whatever I tend to absorb creatively, I try to channel that into the work I make. Because I am just myself, it is by default that what originates in my mind and materializes in my hands–is what sets me apart from others. Recently, I have been making the transition from jewelry designer to stylist! Oddly enough, I have been styling photoshoots over the past several years, but I am now working more steadily on it. I’ll always be making jewelry–that’s never going away–but I do believe having a designer background does provide a certain skill set when it comes to styling. I’ve ALWAYS loved fashion in general, and I love continuing with the idea that if someone wears one of my pieces, or if I style them for a shoot, they feel amazing! The major difference in being a designer vs. being a stylist, is that when I’m designing, it’s just me, myself, and I. When I’m styling, I get to work with a team, prepare ideas and concepts in advance, and when the shoot day comes, the magic happens–as a total collaborative effort! I feel like in doing both jobs, I get to experience the best of both creative worlds. And if you love doing your job, the passion you have for it shows! It always shows in the work you create, or in the work you do with other people. I’ve worked on a few shoots recently, with Josh Williams for ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Garcelle Beauvais, and with Roberto Amado-Cattaneo for The Chrysalis Lab. In my shoots with both of them, it’s so evident that you can see and feel the energy of the entire team in each image, and not only just the person in the photo. And that’s absolutely marvelous! I have also learned that in making this career transition echoes with staying true to one’s own creative voice and vision. People that are drawn to you personally and creatively, will naturally be the people you will be working with. Seek out your creative “tribe”, your “squad”, or “boon companions” to collaborate with! I also believe that there is always room for every individual in any creative space, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It all really boils down to how passionate you are about what you want, and all the hard work you are willing to put in to fulfill your dreams! I used to think that occurrences in my life when it came to my career were “accidental”. It is never that way. I thought that people were a certain way with me because they were generous, kind, and willing to help–and they definitely are! But, I didn’t stop to think that even though I was at the receiving end of their generosity, they were actually doing it FOR me, and not just TO me. Once long ago, my very wise friend William Murphy told me that the culmination of these “occurrences” weren’t at random. They were the result of the hard work I did in the past, and the relationships I cultivated, that lead into these opportunities that I was surprised by. I’ve had to learn when great opportunities come my way, to embrace them–and not be completely caught off guard and surprised by them. (Believe me, I have had many a “Huh? How did this happen?” thought run through my mind.) Whether I was aware of it or not, I did have a big or small part in preparing for those opportunities. I just didn’t know exactly where things would lead to, and in the process, I learned that I wasn’t quite giving myself enough credit. To everyone reading this, please know that there are people out there who love and support you unconditionally. Give yourself credit, and pat yourself on the back every once in a while–you certainly deserve it!
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?
Haha! That depends on the friend! Unfortunately during this time, there aren’t AS many activities available. I’d like to think that I have a pretty diverse group of friends, so no matter if we’re just sitting in a car, or at my apartment talking, it’s always fun and meaningful! There are so many amazing things to do in LA, but a few of my favorite things to see and do are: Places to visit: –The Natural History Museum, and any museum really! –Joshua Tree / Palm Springs –Salvation Mountain / Slab City –Riding the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier –Sunken City in San Pedro –Watching a show at the Hollywood Bowl –Vasquez Rocks –Skyspace in downtown LA –Taking a long drive on Mulholland Drive –El Matador beach in Malibu –The Last Bookstore in downtown LA –Performances, whether it be a play, art performance piece, or drag show! –Griffith Observatory (when it’s not insanely busy) Places to eat: (I’ve heard some of my favorites closed!) –Felix on Abbot Kinney in Venice –Nobu in Malibu –Hillstone in Santa Monica –Boardner’s in Hollywood –Bossa Nova in Hollywood –Cactus Tacos in Hollywood –Stella Barra in Hollywood –The Park’s Finest in Echo Park –Masa in Echo Park –D’amore’s Pizza on 3rd st –Theia on 3rd st –Little Dom’s in Los Feliz –Fred 62 in Los Feliz –California Donuts in Koreatown –Funculo in downtown LA –Bottega Louie in downtown LA –Drago Centro in downtown LA –Taste on Melrose in West Hollywood –Potato Corner in Glendale –The Cheesecake Factory at The Grove (I’ll be honest, I also love chain restaurants!). Places to drink: –Mama Shelter in Hollywood –Redbird in downtown LA –Laurel Tavern in West Hollywood –The Surly Goat in West Hollywood –El Compadre in Hollywood –Electric Owl in Hollywood –Mohawk Bend in Echo Park –Father’s Office in Culver City –Gracias Madre in West Hollywood –Perch in downtown LA. Places to shop: (apart from the obvious!) –Any antique mall or vintage shop in the city of Orange (Orange County) –Camarillo and Cabazon outlets –It’s A Wrap in Burbank –The Runway in Atwater Village –Georgy and Mami’s Antiques in Burbank –Spitfire Girl on Melrose in Hollywood –Japan LA on Melrose in Hollywood –Jet Rag in Hollywood –Long Beach antique mall –Paper Source (several LA locations) –Santee Alley and its surrounding shops in downtown LA.
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?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my family, friends, buyers, customers, and stylists! They all know who they are! So many to name here, but were it not for their support throughout the entirety of my career, and constantly believing in me and my work, I would not be where I am at today. From the deepest parts of my heart, thank you all, and I love you all so much!
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