We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Murnane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vanessa, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The thought process actually came from a place inside me that wasn’t quite activated yet. I was coasting in my job in the real estate industry. It seemed okay. But when I discovered jewelry making, something new was ignited. I realized there was this desire to be my own boss and do something that didn’t feel like “work”.
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.
Actually calling myself and artist has been a long way coming. I have always been creative and have loved to design and make many different things but I never thought it was something that could become a career. I was always taught that art was a hobby and actually frivolous to think it could be your choice of work believe it or not. So getting to this point in jewelry making, professionally has been a huge accomplishment in my mind. I wake up everyday knowing that I can go into my shop and sketch or solder or work on an part of the design process and that is sufficient and productive to my business. To me, that is still a crazy thing to accept.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego is an amazing place to experience with family and friends. The landscape itself is so stunning that you don’t need to do much else but get out in nature. Although, the beaches are amazing and those should not be missed. Especially, Coronado beach. The Del is always a fun experience and history lesson while the beaches that surround it are wide and long and they never seem to fill crowded. I’ve traveled a good chunk of the world and been to many beaches and nothing compares to southern California beaches. Our sand is so soft, there is no one pressuring you buy goods and every part you see is so clean and free from litter.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The person that deserves the most recognition in my story is actually my husband. He is a real estate broker in San Diego and owns his own business, Regal Properties. He taught me that anything is possible. He gave me the confidence to sell my creations and look at my then “hobby” as a business. He is a successful entrepreneur himself and made me believe that I can do anything. In fact, he inspired the name for my business as Amorcito was the first nickname he gave me when we were dating.