We had the good fortune of connecting with Nazahah Yasin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nazahah, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was really unhappy with the place I was employed at, was struggling financially, and wanted to start something of my own so that I could eventually work for myself down the line. I also wanted to be able to say something along the lines of “I made this from the ground up and I can manage this the way that I want to on my own terms” I knew it had to be something that I was passionate and had a bit of knowledge in so I decided on making crystal jewelry.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As most artists do, I try to put a little bit of me into each piece I make. With my crystal jewelry pieces I honestly didn’t want to make the same pieces I had seen everyone else making. I used to try to make my pieces look a certain way, but over time I just realized that I can keep the components the same but the pieces have a mind of their own and I let them lead me to the end result. I think that most of my life I was unconventional and I struggled to fit in to spaces where I shouldn’t have been in the first place. I love Sci-fi, anime, and video games, interest that most women don’t have. I used to desperately want to be like everyone else, but that was not in the cards for me. Going through those experiences just forced me to appreciate my quirks and weirdness because it was a part of me and wasn’t going to go anywhere.
I got where I am today through a lot of ongoing life lessons and those lessons taught me that the more I let my authentic self shine through the more I am rewarded. Also as an artist I found myself with various things pulling me in different directions. (photography, cosplaying, modeling, drawing, painting, sculpting, graphic design, etc.) I had to tell myself that I need to focus on one thing at a time and when that one thing takes off enough I can then expand upon another thing.
I want my brand to be seen as a culmination of my life, my interests, my legacy. All of the skills I’ve acquired, the ups the downs. In doing this I hope to be a source of inspiration to others to follow their authentic selves desires and not the desires of what others have for their lives.
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 would like to take them to some green spaces I love in the city the Mercer Botanical Garden, Hermann Park’s Japanese Garden, and it’s McGovern Gardens. The MFAH and the Museum of Natural History. The City Centre Houston so we can see some stores and restaurants. More random places would be Neil’s Bar, The Cidercade, Grooves of Houston, Jinya Ramen, Lucille’s, Phil and Derek’s
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?
The one person I feel really jumpstarted my journey for better is Andrea Halle she runs Mystic Andrea’s Divinations. She’s not in Houston (don’t shoot me) but she really has been one of the pivotal pieces in my life. We initially met in middle school. I ended up moving away to another place and we didn’t reconnect until later in life through Social Media.
We aren’t really close but she gave me a leading example of what I can accomplish and that I can strive for more in life. I am extremely grateful to have had someone like her to look up to.
Please look up her products if you’re called to!
Other: My personal IG is @bruceleeroux