We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Foos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I truly believe that risk taking is integral to self development, and doing so in my life has opened doors I never would have dreamed of. I took a big risk in law school in becoming a litigator, as I was terrified to get up in front of people, and had to learn on the job how to think on my feet, and to trust that I actually knew my cases really well as well as what I was doing. I took a risk stopping practicing law after 14 years and deciding to let whatever was next unfold. I took a risk entering the entrepreneurial world and starting my event planning business with a friend. I took a big risk, after desperately wishing to find some outlet for the creativity I always knew was there, by taking a sculpting class when I hadn’t taken an art class since I was 8. I”m still sculpting today. I took a risk deciding to learn how to silver smith in order to make the jewelry with crystals that I’m making today, opening my present sole practitioner business and leaving the event planning business. And who knows what else is on the horizon. Integral to this process is an ongoing deep curiosity which consistently leads me to things I want to learn about and try. Life is NEVER dull and there’s so much else I want to do.
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 make what I call Power Piece jewelry with crystals of all natures and Sterling Silver. I use a process called lost wax casting which allows me to “personalize” the setting I make for the crystal to that individual crystal, each of which I choose intuitively with love and reverence. My pieces are usually quite large – I essentially make the kind of pieces I want to wear and I love pieces that make a statement. The fact that they are made with crystals with the myriad of healing and amplifying properties they offer is such a privilege and pleasure. I also love the silver smithing process and “getting my hands dirty” in that way. After years of trying to figure it out, I truly feel that I found the perfect way to express myself and I feel very blessed to have done so. My business is quite small as I make all of the pieces myself and have no intention to do otherwise. I also do lots of custom work and nothing brings me greater joy than bringing a client’s vision and desire to life.
It wasn’t always easy but I feel quite lucky that I was able to build confidence in various aspects of myself in order to take the risks I took to get my where I am now, and more to come.
I would say the most important take away from what I’m saying is – take the risk! Let yourself become who you’re meant to be.
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 hiking and walking so we would go hiking in the Santa Monica mountains and for walks at the beach. Shopping area wise, Abbott Kinney is fun with interesting shops and restaurants. I love The Butcher’s Daughter, Gjelina, Gjusta, The Tasting Kitchen and Felix. I also love Cora’s for a sweet outdoor lunch or breakfast. And for dinner Republique, Bicyclette, and Pasjoli are my current favorites. Going downtown to the arts district is also a blast and I love to eat at Manuela’s there, the Girl and the Goat, Zinc Cafe, Bavel, Bestia and Damien. I’m also a huge museum go-er and love LACMA, MOCA and the Hammer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Peter Solomon of Precious Metal Arts and Jonathan Bickart, my sculpting teacher
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