We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Marina Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ana Marina, how do you think about risk?
I believe risk taking is necessary to our growth. If we stay in our confort zone, we will always remain there, but when we take risks, we allow the possibility of creating new and exciting opportunities. In the last few years I have become more of a risk taker. Even though at the moment I might have felt doubt or fear, by allowing my self to take those risks I opened the door to the next chapter of my life. At the start 2020 I decided to take one of the biggest risks of my carear which was to leave a secure job and start my business full time. Little did I know we were going to be hit with a pandemic. Regardless I had already taken the decision to go for what I desired the most: run my business full time. Although it was a challenging time for everyone, by focusing on my goals and working really hard to build momentum I was able to establish grow and my jewelry business online. Looking back, I am grateful I had the courage to take that step at that moment, because I do not want to go back to where I was before and by focusing on doing what I love I continue to get inspired and motivated to accomplish anything I desire.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a silversmith and a jewelry designer. My jewelry is a celebration of who I am and my cultural heritage. I have a BA in Latin America studies and History so it is important for me to elevate Mexican culture through my work because I want my pieces to represent the beauty and value of our history and inspire others to elevate and see the beauty and value within themselves. I’m proud to be where I am today and saying yes to taking risks that turned into opportunities. I am excited to continue working on my craft and bridging connections with those who collect my work. I am also proud of my community and to be surrounded by amazing people who are always looking to collaborate and grow together. The road to be an independent business owner while continuing to grow as an artist has not been easy. There are many hours of hard work, studying and planning. A lot of discipline is required of when you want to achieve your goals and many times this meas having a limited social life. But, the fruits of your labor will always taste sweeter when you realize your sacrifices are to achieve a grater purpose.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I moved to Denver three years ago so I feel I continue to explore this city. But if my best friend were to visit me, here is where I wold take her. We will start by taking a stroll in Westwood area and go in to Cultura Craft Chocolate and Cabrona Coffee where they make the best artisanal chocolate drinks and coffee. We will probably grab a bite to eat at Xtabai food truck for some bomb tacos of cochinita pibil and barbacoa. To walk off the food we would go to Sloans lake and take a stroll around while we people and dog watch. At night, we would go check out downtown Denver and grab a drink at Union station, which is one of my favorite Denver landmarks. The next few days I would take her to Santa Fe arts district and stop at Museo de las Americas, Chac Galley and the local shops and galleries along the arts district. Then, I would also take her to grab a beer at Raices brewing Co and on our way we would stop by the Latino Cultual Arts Center and check out David Ocelotil’s mural. For the weekend I would take my friend to the mountains, we would go to Aspen and spend a weekend there, hike at Marron Bells, take the a gondola ride, stroll around the farmers market on Saturday, visit the art museum and maybe do a little shopping, if the budget allows. On the way back we would stop by Vail and spend the day checking out the town before we head back. I will also ask our friends to let us hang out with their dog Scooter so we can take him on some fun walks and play with him.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are too many people to name, but I want to dedicate this shout out to all the people, in particular the women who have uplifted me and my business along the way. Starting with my teachers and mentors, my lovely friends with whom I have created magical collaborations, everyone who shops and collects my work, the Latinx organizations in Denver who have opened their doors to me and my craft. But I want to give a special shoutout to my mother Marina Hernandez who, through her actions, has taught me to be strong, compassionate and independent.