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

Hi Vanessa, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
An affirmation I use comes from my maternal grandfather, “In All The World”. When faced with a challenge of being told no. He would reply with “In All The World”. What it means to me is, don’t give up on the pursuit. What I like about it, It’s a simple reminder. To continue, until you find a yes!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I got started in my career by being a retail marketing major in college. Pursuing “fashion” during changes in the industry. During the early career, it was always at the tail end. Then another shift with social media. In the early social media years, students were being denied internships and jobs. For simply having a social media profile. Now social media is the efficient marketing tool. I’ve learned to continue to seek and forecast, what’s next. What I would like the world to know, I had no fashion connections. I took a risk by simply taking a college elective. Which I would learn about various careers in fashion. That’s the beginning stage, to how I would wind up having an eyewear line.

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?
If my best friends were visiting from out of town. I would take them to get great food at the Public Market at Liberty Station. There’s plenty of variety, so something of their preference. Definitely visit Balboa Park and hit up Old Town to be amongst California history.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Big shout out to my family, and friends who have been supportive. Without their help, I wouldn’t have made it this far! Thank you for being both photographers and models!

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