Interview with Zoe D'Angelo | Submitted by Sydney Erichsen Nomination and Photography by Karen Bishop at Moxie Design Illinois
The Nomination: From the moment I met Sydney, I knew there was something super special about her. She is one of those people who always has a smile to give and is always willing to lend a hand. Not only is she pursuing a degree in Elementary Education, but she is launching her own scrunchie selling company on Etsy in February and I cannot wait to see the success that it will bring her (and she's only 19!). Syd was a part of my model program in 2018 and that year also became my lighting assistant. I can't tell you the numerous times I have had a parent or a senior tell me how comfortable Sydney has helped to make them in front of the camera and she is always there to help make my seniors smile with a joke. The thing that I love about Syd is that she is always positive and encourages me to push myself as a photographer. Recently, we put together an editorial shoot and she blew me away. This girl is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and I want to share that with the world!
How did you become interested in Elementary education? (I also want to study that too!) From the time I was little I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I have always valued education and known that it is one of the most valuable things in the world which makes me want to educate younger generations. My senior year I was able to be an aide in 2 first grade classrooms and that experience set my decision in stone!
Fun fact: My older sister will be graduating with her degree in Elementary Education this spring. It’s pretty neat that we will be doing the same thing.
Tell me how you started your scrunchie business. I fell in love with another scrunchie shop that I found on Instagram and would order from them all the time. I started thinking about creating my own business so that I would be able to design my own scrunchies and share them with others. My friends and family have been very supportive and have helped me kick off the start of my small little business.
What were some of the steps you had to go through to start your business? I had to learn how to make scrunchies, set up an Etsy shop, and find customers.
How does one sell on Etsy? I got most of my purchases through Instagram. I made my account ( @sassyscruchiesco) and posted pictures of my scrunchies to it and had my shop linked on my Instagram.
Why do you think you are so inspiring? I think one of the things that makes me inspiring is that I am not afraid to take a leap and try things.
Sydney will be featured in issue 17, scheduled to be released on or before May 1, 2019.