We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Nicotera and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Like most people, my world was turned upside down when Covid hit. All of my dance jobs that I had worked so hard to make a reality, have been put on a long hold. I had started making earrings in the summer to help keep me creative, and decided to segway into Mask Chains and have had a lot of positive feedback! My jewelry line is called Kusari, which means chain in Japanese.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The people who are loyal to their dreams are the ones who eventually reach success. There will always be a lot of failures in that path. I am proud that even though I have never fit the mold of a ballet dancer, I have been loyal to my aspirations and have made my dreams come true. It has also made me better as a teacher for the children I teach ballet to.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Little Italy has amazing Italian food and is beautiful to walk around during the day into the evening. The energy is always fun there. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Grandmother and Mother are back in Las Vegas, but they have always been supportive of my life decision to be an artist.

Instagram: Instagram.com/mega_liciouss
Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KusaribyMeg

Image Credits
Samantha Zauscher Elena Tenaglia

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