Today we’d like to introduce you to Chanel Smith.
Chanel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My birth name is Chanel Smith. I was born and raised in the culturally-rich island of Jamaica. I now reside and create in Florida. I’m constantly finding new things for my hands to fashion.
I’ve always been drawn to the name Beth without reason but always had a deep-seated understanding that it connected with me in some way. I started attaching it to my name for years without ever researching it and I think it was Divine for it to happen this way. Beth means ‘house’ or ‘place’ and over the years God has been revealing to me that this is His dwelling place for His Spirit and my gifts.
The seasons of life fascinate me. The stretching, pulling, crying, crawling and arising. Autumn is my favorite season. I’m drawn to the symbolism of it – falling, renewal and harvest. I dress like it’s Autumn, even when it isn’t. The colors, the weather, everything does something for me. Lastly, I was born in Autumn.
I wanted to have a separate name for my artistry that described my persona and this is the combination I truly believe found me. Beth Autumn became the outlet and the house to store my creativity. Essentially, this is a house of harvest and ultimately creating with Him for Him.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Procrastination is one of my greatest challenges. Also, quitting my job and navigating the small business world as a full time (and currently broke) university student is quite the challenge. I think all the bruises from chasing something I believe in is worth it. Believing in the process can be difficult.
The world can do a good job at making people feel like an Artist is not a real career. The challenge is choosing to believe in myself every day and standing firm in the truth of how God designed me to be. I’m continuously reminding myself of the purpose He has for me when the world wants to paint something different over my life.
Please tell us about your work.
Beth Autumn is an ever-growing artistry and a one-woman-show. I’m the Lil lady behind the scenes and in front. From the website design, shipping/packaging straight down to the actual product is all me. Beth Autumn will always be an expansive endeavor because I’m intrigued by many art forms. Currently, you can find these items in my shop.
– Abstract paintings
– Soy candles
– Clay jewelry
– Leather keychains
What were some of the lessons you’ve learned throughout your small business career?
– Put God first.
– Start somewhere.
– Don’t pretend to be when you’re still becoming.
– Do not compare your chapter 1 with someone else’s chapter 324.
– Do what you can with what you have and do it to the best.
– Some days you need to throw yourself on the ground and cry. It’s good to vent. Just don’t stay there.
– Don’t wait on others to cheer you on, show up for yourself.
– Give yourself a little more grace. It’s your first time here on earth.
– We have internal eco-systems, tend to them before tending to everything external.
– You’re learning to master the art of releasing the things your hands are too small to carry, to the Father’s whose hands welcome your burdens.
- Soy candles: $14
- Leather Keychains: $14
- Clay Jewelry: $6 – $30
- Abstract paintings (commissioned): TBD
- Website: bethautumn.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/bethautumnart
- Facebook: facebook.com/bethautumnart