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Student Businesses

Junior Frances Seavey and freshman Kammy Sun.

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Junior Frances Seavey and freshman Kammy Sun.

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Lake is not only known for its prestigious academics, but also for its amazing talents! However, you might not know that there are some students that maintain their own businesses outside of school. Freshman Kammy Sun and junior Frances Seavey are doing just that. We asked them a few questions to quench our curiosity about how to manage school and maintaining a business.

Q&A with freshman Kammy Sun:

Q: What inspired you to start making jewelry?

Tassel

Handmade tassel necklace by Kamryn Sun.

A: I think my first thought to design my own jewelry would be when I was watching the new show Project Runway Jr. I saw their unconventional challenges, where they had to take random items and make something fit for the runway, and I liked designing jewelry, so I started designing!

Q: Where do you sell your products?

A: I sell them on an Etsy shop that I recently started.

Q: How long do you plan on continuing your business?

A: I plan to continue my business throughout college and into my 20’s and on, I guess. I plan to someday open my own boutique and sell my own clothing and fashion items.

Q: How long does it take to complete one jewelry piece?

A: If I’m sitting, working on the piece continuously, I would say one to two hours, but otherwise, in 45 minute spurts it takes a few days.

Q: Have you been to any jewelry shows or plan to in the future?

Handmade beaded bar necklace by Kamryn Sun.

Photo courtesy of Kamryn Sun
Handmade beaded bar necklace by Kamryn Sun.

A: I have not been to any jewelry shows, but I do plan on doing it at some type of Christmas market, like the Nutcracker market, in the future.

Q: How do you come up with your prices?

A: I normally calculate how much the supplies cost and double it, and then depending on how many I make and sell, I add or subtract that price.

Q: What advice would you give to a fellow student who wants to begin a business of his or her own?

A: I would definitely say “just do it” because I never knew how it would turn out, but I really love it, and it gives me something to look forward to.

Q: How often do you work on your jewelry?

A: I try and work on my jewelry during the week, but with homework, I would say, mostly on Saturdays.

Q: How did you learn to make jewelry?

A: I was pretty much self taught, but if I want a specific design, I would usually look it up on YouTube.

Q: Do you advertise your jewelry? If so, how?

A: I mostly just wear my jewelry around school and places. People ask me where it’s from and that’s advertising, or they see it on my new Instagram page.

Q: Why did you choose this type of jewelry design?

A: Well, a lot of my favorite styles are really ‘in’ and trendy, but are kind of expensive. But I figured out ways to make them unique and really personalized, and it turns out to not be as expensive and it’s also unique to my own outfits.

Q: Do you have any advice for students look to start a business of their own?

A: If you are wanting to design something, or have something you would like to go do, I would say go do it, and have fun with it.

 

Q&A with junior Frances Seavey:

Q: What inspired you to start making jewelry?

Frances wearing her own jewelry.

Photo courtesy of Frances Seavey
Frances wearing her own jewelry.

A: I had always been interested in jewelry, but I decided to make it when I discovered a certain style in boutiques downtown. I taught myself how to make the beaded jewelry on my own, and it has evolved over time.

Q: Where do you sell your products?

A: I have an Instagram @francesseaveydesigns and I often do trunk shows at my house. I am working on creating a website.

Q: How long do you plan on continuing your business?

A: I hope to continue this business throughout my junior as a senior years of high school.

Q: How long does it take to complete one jewelry piece?

A: For bracelets, it takes about 15-20 minutes. For necklaces, it takes 35-45 minutes.

Q: Have you been to any jewelry showings or plan to in the future?

A: No, I have not lately. However, I do keep up with designers such as Kendra Scott and her new collections. I also keep up with items from Neiman Marcus to get new ideas.

Q: How do you come up with your prices?

Here are just a few of the pieces Frances makes.

Photo courtesy of Frances Seavey
Here are just a few of the pieces Frances makes.

A: I have a range of how much the materials cost, and then I calculate it with a certain percent that I would like to make off of each item. I have a set price for each type of product I sell. Every piece is not individually priced.

Q: What advice would you give to a fellow student who wants to begin a business of his or her own?

A: It is not nearly as scary as it seems to start your own business as a high school student as long as you are serious and professional about it!

Q: How often do you work on you jewelry?

A: Before a trunk show, I spend about an hour and a half every day working on pieces 3 weeks leading up to the show. On a normal day, I only fill orders when I have them.

Q: How did you learn to make jewelry?

This bracelet made it all the way to Paris!

Photo courtesy of Frances Seavey
This bracelet made it all the way to Paris!

A: I watched videos online, but also taught myself a lot through trial and error.

Q: Do you advertise your jewelry? If so, how?

A: Yes, through social media and friends.

Q: How long have you been making jewelry?

A: I started making jewelry in October 2015. It has been a very fun process.

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