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So Call Me…Maybe

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We are so excited to be featuring Rachel Shingleton from Pencil Shavings Studio today!  Thanks to this talented graphic designer, finding everyday objects (like this gorgeous iPhone case) to make our world that much more beautiful just got a whole lot easier. Our communication devices never looked better!

Speaking of communication, I thought I’d write a brief post on the power of the cold call. When I was 15, I learned a very valuable and pretty cool lesson. Putting yourself out there can reap huge benefits. Let me explain.

One rainy afternoon, during Spring Break in middle school, I randomly decided to write a letter to the editors of Seventeen Magazine. The basic gist was, “Hi, Seventeen — I think my best friend Lindsay and I are pretty cute, so you definitely want to feature us in your magazine.”

I sent the letter expecting nothing…and a few weeks later, the phone rang, and my mother said, “Jen, it’s the editor of Seventeen. We want to feature you two.” We ultimately spent a day playing hooky from school and getting makeovers. Now if that isn’t the coolest thing that could ever happen to a fifteen year old, I don’t know what is!

So, what I learned was, I’ve got nothing to lose. To this day, I am the queen of cold calls/emails/letters. My perspective is, the worst case scenario is that I never hear back. The BEST case scenario is that someone reaches back out, and more often than not, I’m offered some amazing opportunities.

Meeting Kena, my Co-Founder, was a perfect example of having the guts to write a simple email to someone I didn’t know. If I had never reached out to ask her out for a coffee, BRIKA would never have come to be! 

So if you’re sitting here reading this, and trying to build up the courage to reach out to that person who you thought was unattainable, HOP TO IT! I’ve got a letter to write to Oprah…   

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Miss Lindsey D

    such smart advice Jennifer. It’s so difficult to put yourself out there. It can be downright scary! But you are right on, the worst that happens is you message lives out in the ether and the best is that it leads you down a whole new path you didn’t even know was there!

    December 6, 2012 at 2:00 am
    • Reply jennifer

      EXACTLY! You just never know what might happen…the beauty of serendipity, luck and good karma! – Jen

      December 6, 2012 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Jes Ryzenberg

    What a fun story and yes, always remember that there are opportunities or potential opportunities! There is NO room for NO…

    December 6, 2012 at 6:42 am
    • Reply jennifer

      Love it, Jes! Thanks for your message…x

      December 6, 2012 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Lindsay Milstein

    Amazing memory! So wonderful that you made that call then (I reaped the benefits too!) and put yourself out there now. As always, I’m so proud of you! xoxo

    December 6, 2012 at 7:14 am
    • Reply jennifer

      Our hair makeovers were pretty comical (my ringlets?!), but honestly one of my most favorite memories ever. Love you! xo

      December 6, 2012 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Lauren

    My favourite blog post yet!! Next time we hang out, I want to see a copy of that issue of Seventeen… xo

    December 6, 2012 at 10:27 am
    • Reply jennifer

      I’ve gotten a number of requests to post a picture…but only if Lindsay agrees 🙂 x

      December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Eva

    I agree – I totally want to see that pic! 15-year-old Jen with ringlets would be super cute! It’s been great to see all the beautiful things you’ve found – thanks for sharing.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Colleen / Inspired to Share

    I love hearing advice from you both! What a great post!

    December 13, 2012 at 1:30 am
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