We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Ester and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My small business kind of fell into my lap…. I started my craft as help to a family member. Which turned into a hobby, an expensive hobby, so I decided to start selling my work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
All of my items are handmade. It sometimes is my “Me Time”. I am really excited about my jewelry being featured in a few local (New Orleans, LA) magazines, calendars, and movie sets. I am really proud of having my work in some local stores. I still see my business as a starter. It has not been easy, but I would not give it up. I love what I do, I love meeting and talking to people, and I love making others happy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in New Orleans. Where there is great food, music, and people. Just hanging outside in front of the house can be fun. But, I love going to listen to live music. My favorite band, Soul Rebels, is from New Orleans and travel the world. Before COVID-19, I would go to a few local spots to hear them play. Also, any festival, there is always good music and food at any festival in or around New Orleans.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to give a shoutout to my husband, children, family (especially my cousins), and close friends. They have all been and continue to be very supportive to me and my business. It can be as simple as a recommendation, modeling, organizing, or taking pictures for a photoshoot, or as stressful as working an event, helping with the website, blog, or actually helping me with large orders. I could never show or say how much I am thankful to you all!
Photo Credit: Distinctive Photography, The Photo Citizen, Parker Robinson Photos, and Maiwenn Raoult