We have had the privilege of knowing and working with the talented Traci Barrett. She is a hair and makeup artist out of Los Angeles, who works in commercial, editorial and with celebrities and musicians. She is also the designer behind our Triangle Necklace.
Here is her story in her own words:
My career started at a salon. When I was 16, I worked at Toni&Guy in Phoenix, Arizona.
I wasn't happy in Arizona. I had been doing hair in a salon for 2 years. I was 20 years old, nearly 21. I lived in an art commune in downtown Phoenix. I was pretty involved in the art scene. I co-founded a clothing boutique, did marketing and event planning, curated multiple art shows, built runways by hand and walked them, painted girls in latex, the list goes on. But, somehow I still wasnt finding myself or my happiness. Despite my efforts, I was a broke ass artist. I read a great quote that said something to the effect of "You can only truly find your truth when you learn to question everything you've ever been told."
That was it, I was out. In 2005, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue the business outside of the salon. I packed all of my belongings in my car and at 8 oclock at night drove to Los Angeles. I arrived at 2am with nowhere official to live and no job. I'll let you imagine how much money wasnt in my bank account, either. Luckily, I did have a couple friends that were generous enough to offer up their couches. I stayed. I struggled. I struggled for a very long time. My cosmetology license that I had in Arizona wouldn't transfer to California at the time. I really wanted to work in the business so I refused to go get a jobby job because I was worried that it would make me unavailable to freelance if a job called. I was a slave to it. I waited. I hustled. And when I say hustled, thats an understatement. I planned shoots, I knocked on doors, I cold called, I got people coffee, I cleaned dog shit out of Fendi bags. Literally. I was scared shitless. (no pun intended.) But, I was never too scared to give up. I couldn't.
And I made it. It's been almost 9 years to the day. I've done, seen, and been through some crazy stuff. But I would never take any of it back. It has 100% made me who I am. I thought that I was looking for a certain person in myself. I thought that I would move to LA and just magically find who I was. Like once I got here this other girl would just be waiting and say, "This is who you really are; welcome." Little did I know that I was moving to LA to make that girl.
What message do you want to share with the world?
Never be afraid of what you want. What is waiting for you on the other side is greater than you can even imagine.
Tell us about your concept behind the design of the Triangle necklace.
The concept for the necklace comes from the heart. Its a reminder to always expand your mind, nurture your body, and stay in touch with your spirit, even when the fight gets hard. Read a book, take a walk, do yoga. Remembering to work on yourself everyday makes life's daily challenges easier to manage. No one will ever take care of you the way you do. You are your number one and you always have to remember that. Know your truth and nurture it, no matter the cost or what others have to say. You wont regret it. Mind. Body. Spirit. by Traci Barrett
Thank you Traci, you are an inspiration with such a refreshing story, we love you!