What led you to start your own company?
It all started very innocently. I began designing and making jewelry for myself and received many compliments. That propelled me to begin creating pieces as gifts. One day it occurred to me: Why not do something with this?
Where did you get the
What was the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge was finding capable vendors to produce the products I envisioned and designed.
What was the most important lesson you learned?
How many hours a day do you put in?
I put in about 10 hours a day.
Does your youth lead to awkward situations, such as when you supervise older workers?
Initially it did, but as I gained experience, I came to realize business is an equalizer. I treat everyone that I work with as my equal. We all have a job to do and I let them know that I expect the best from them and they can expect the same from me in return.
Will you start another company?
I think I’m good with one for now. I’m also trying to start a career in acting. I just did a guest appearance on “Modern Family.”
Could you ever work for someone else?
Yes, but only in television or film.
What do you do to relax?
I take ballet, yoga, read and paint.
JELENA NIK, 26
Nik Stone, silver jewelry,
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