We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Torres Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I didn’t initially intend on starting a jewelry business. Making jewelry has been a creative outlet from a young age that I continued into my adulthood as a way of getting my creative energy out. After years of making jewelry for friends and family and selling pieces I was wearing to random people on the street who asked me about it, I realized that I could make an impact with my jewelry and that it made women feel beautiful. That’s when I knew I wanted to get serious and create a career doing it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I hand make, design, and curate a collection of fine and gold-filled jewelry. My vision is always to make unique, high quality, long lasting, and affordable jewelry that cultivates confidence and self love in women. The most rewarding part of running my business is when I get emails and messages from women telling me that my jewelry makes them feel beautiful. This is when I feel the most proud of my work.
I got to where I am today by learning that our thoughts and emotions directly create our experiences and our reality. Mindset has been the single most important thing for growing my business. Also realizing that each mistake, rejection, and “failure” is just a nudge from the Universe to pivot and keep going. I still have so much more to learn and do, but that’s the beauty of entrepreneurship. The learning never ends, and it keeps things exciting, stressful, and rewarding all at the same time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite thing to do is go out for food and drinks! Coffee at Philz, breakfast burritos from Tacos Villa Corona in Atwater Village, a bike ride from Marina Del Rey to Manhattan Beach, lunch in Koreatown for KBBQ, amazing Italian at Jon and Vinny’s on Fairfax, and drinks/dancing at Blind Barber in Highland Park are all must do’s. If we’re hungover from too many cocktails, we’d get menudo from Chiquita Bonita in Pasadena the next morning! I’d also make sure we visited the LA Flower Mart, The Rose Bowl Swap Meet, The Last Bookstore, the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market, and The Greek Theater for a concert. 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 love this question! My family played a huge role in encouraging me to pursue my dream of starting a business. They continue to root for me along the way and I don’t know where I’d be without their unwavering support. I feel extremely blessed.
I also owe a large part of where I am in my journey to a few authors and spiritual teachers. Eckhart Tolle, Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Abraham Hicks, and Gabrielle Bernstein have written books that completely changed my thought process and the way I view life. Through these books I am learning how to reprogram social conditioning, unblock subconscious limiting beliefs, and create success and abundance from a place of authenticity. I highly recommend these authors to anyone who is looking for more meaning in life.