We had the good fortune of connecting with Shar Schmidt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shar, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my business was HEALING. I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer (triple negative) and a genetic mutation. After doing chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation therapy, my body wasn’t the same. I was looking for a way to heal emotionally and physically that didn’t involve more medication than I was already taking. I became interested in crystals, and wanted to wear them close to me as well. So I started making my own jewelry. I loved it so much, I wanted to share that with other people.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart from other brands is I suggest crystals for my customers that I feel they’d benefit from. I also make custom pieces that work for them, often combining two or more stones. I don’t make any of my pieces until they’re ordered. Before I got sick, I worked for a health insurance company. It was sort of stressful, and I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to go back to. A lot had changed for me, and I didn’t want to be in a job that was stressful. My doctors still haven’t released me back to regular work, and I’m thankful to have time to build my business. It’s way less stressful and I love working with crystals and creating jewelry people love to wear. It definitely hasn’t been easy. It’s an investment, buying crystal beads and supplies and marketing tools. I’ve been denied small business loans. But I’ve already grown, I even have regular customers that buy from me pretty often. I want to continue growing, and hope to one day see my jewelry carried in a store or small boutique.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting from out of town, I’d take them to my favorite bookstore – The Iliad. It’s a huge used bookstore in Burbank that has an enormous collection of books. I’d take them to The Grove, where we’d shop and browse the Farmer’s Markets. Some of my favorite places to eat are Bludsoe’s, Canter’s Deli, El Compadre, Bottega Louie, and Perch. And of course I’d have to take them to Roscoe’s – the one on Pico because that’s the best one! Visits to museums, live music, Venice beach…lots of chill hangouts.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister encouraged me to look into crystal healing, and she also took me to almost every chemotherapy infusion. I’d also like to give a shoutout to my friend Mazz Hanna for not only teaching me about how crystals can heal, but also encouraging me to start my own business.
Instagram: Personal @sharschmidt_ and business @highvibrationsbysharschmidt