We had the good fortune of connecting with Jodenny Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jodenny, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always considered myself a very creative soul, and dabbled in a few things creative. From photography, to baking, to cake decorating, you name it. I guess I always wanted to find the one medium that allowed me to turn my creativity into something that not only brought me joy, but was also lucrative. Something that allowed me to earn a living; but that as a newly single mom of two, also allowed me to stay home with my kids while doing so. Somehow I came across polymer clay, and was intrigued by the flexibility of the medium, and how something that was almost play-doh like could turn into beautiful, wearable pieces. I initially just made some pieces for myself, out of curiosity. Then I started spending more time, trying new things with it, and decided to share my creations with others. The reception I received was truly inspiring, and reassured me that going the creative route was the right choice for me. I decided to invest more time, into learning new techniques, and getting better equipment, to keep growing my craft.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I love most about my art is that it has allowed me to regain a sense of independence. I feel as though I couldn’t have found this new passion at a better time in my life. As a new single mom I was really trying to come up with some sort of balance between earning extra income, pursuing my passions, and being a good present mom to my children. Sol y Soul provided that for me. Not to mention the process of making my pieces was almost therapeutic at times. I love that I can just sit and let my creative juices flow.
Embarking on this creative journey has taught me that we must give ourselves and our potential the credit it deserves. I feel like often times we spend too much time doubting ourselves, and letting the fear of failure hinder us from tapping into our full potential. What I’m most excited about, is continuing to learn new techniques that allow me to share my art with others. And continuing to grow my business.
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 based in Brooklyn, NY. If I had a friend visiting town, I’d love to take them on the ferry with me. It’s such a nice way to get around, and enjoy the views of the city. Maybe we could head down to Brooklyn bridge park and check out the Timeout New York food hall. From delicious pancakaes, to pizza, to pasta, to Indian, they have a little something for everyone to try; not to mention an amazing rooftop bar with great views of the city. I would also love to take them to Industry City. This is one of my favorite spots. They have lots of cool murals, and art installations throughout. As a creative I love going here, because there’s just always lots of inspiration. I always look for places that inspire me, so I’d just be sure to share those with them. Im very spontaneous when it comes to my adventures around the city, so I’d honestly just hit the road and hit whatever cool spots we find along the way.
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 honestly can’t think of a specific person to shout out. Because there have been so many people that have had my back and supported me, and encouraged me in the past few years. During the time that I was struggling to find myself, heal, and embark on this new endeavor. There were friends, family members, just people who at time believed in me more than I believed in myself. So I guess my shout out goes to my village, and they know who they are. I couldn’t have gotten where I am without y’all .