We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane Macias and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shane, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Like most artists/creators, I started experimenting with art at a very young age. A moment didn’t go by where I wasn’t drawing or crafting. I always shocked my family with my huge imagination. As I grew older, I slowly stopped creating because I thought I had to pursue another career in order to be successful in life. In college, I was extremely lost and unhappy. After two years of college, I dropped out and started to craft again. I went from just doodling to rekindling my love for crochet. Before I knew it, I had a flourishing business.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think it can be a bit tough to be super unique in the art community. People tend to find inspiration in other people’s work and make their own interpretations of it. Which is completely okay. But when it came to my work I wanted to make sure it was super out of the ordinary. Instead of taking inspiration from other makers, I took it from things I adore. Such as, all things obnoxiously cute and colorful. I’ve always loved collecting plushies and toys, so I made sure to include that into all my creations. Two of my favorite things to crochet are bags and amigurumi toys. I soon figured out how to combine the two and then my Plush Backpacks were born.
Social media is so amazing and played a humongous part in the growth of my business. As I started posting new and unique designs constantly, my page sort of just grew on its own from there.
My journey to where I am today was definitely not a walk in the park. I had to overcome a lot of self doubt. I was my own worst critic and still am. But eventually, I learned to shut out my own negativity. Nothing a small break and a little self care couldn’t mend.
A huge lesson I’ve learned is to not allow potential customers to bargain my prices. Not a lot of people are aware of how much time, love, and work are put into art. I refuse to settle for a lower price just to land a sale. I personally feel if people want to bargain your prices, then they don’t respect you or your work.
One super cool thing about my product is that it’s for everyone! People tend to see my work and think it’s just for young children. Its not. Anyone can use my product. Cute stuff is not just for kids.
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 am a huge introvert, but when I do leave my house I would make sure my outing consists of dessert, super delicious food, shopping, and possibly the beach.
I think a good way to start the day is with a nice lunch at Urth Café. My favorite thing to eat would be their margherita pizza and a green tea boba *chef’s kiss*. After that we could make a trip down to the Santa Monica Pier. We could walk around and possibly jump on a ride or two! Then we could get an ice cream cone, because what’s better than eating ice cream and watching the waves splash.
I would also make sure to make a trip to Disneyland at least once during their visit here in LA. It’s the happiest place on earth. The name speaks for itself.
Since I’m not much of a person to go out often. I think a cute picnic at a local park would also be a lovely plan.
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 definitely have to give a lot of credit to my mom for the constant love and support. It was a bit hard for her to see me stop attending college but she did not hesitate to root for me during my artistic journey. She always paid for my materials when I couldn’t afford them. She didn’t mind investing in me and my dreams because she knew I would succeed. I love her.