We All Have a Story Worth Sharing

In August of 2019, I was asked to be a part of the Moving Portaits film project, "a collection of one-minute documentary videos of people telling their stories of transition towards something new or unknown." This felt like my opportunity to try and finally put the feelings surrounding my recent career transition into words and I'm excited to share it with you!

"We all do have a story and that story has value, even if it's hard for us to see ourselves."

Julianna Cassata Headshot from Moving Portraits

As this clip only captures 60 seconds, I've decided to share a bit more with you here.

In early 2018, I realized I had become 'one of those people' that woke up to go to a job that left them feeling unfulfilled only to come home and have no motivation for anything else. Being in my late 20's, I decided it was now or never in terms of taking a risk in my career and changing things up. Actually coming to terms with this and giving my notice was really hard for me. I prepared for months and eventually in September, left my job behind to start anew. While I didn't know what my new path was quite yet, I knew I needed a change and the space to figure out what came next.

At 3 AM one morning that December, the idea for Maragold came to me. I finally fell asleep and when I woke up, jotted down my thoughts. That night, while scrolling Instagram in a tired fog, I had (what I refer to now as) serendipitously come across a leather goods brand in Florence - a city that I will always be enamored with - founded by a young woman who followed her passions to start it. One thought lead to another and I was reminded of the business plan I had written for a leather goods brand while studying in Florence in 2012.

Everything seemed to fall into place right then and there.

"Why not me?"

From that morning on, I let curiosity lead the way and haven't looked back since. The ability to create for a living, with materials sourced from around the world  - including Italy, is truly what I've always wanted to do, I just didn't know what to create until this revelation. Adventure and curiosity being woven into the foundation of Maragold are qualities I hope to always hold onto.

The moments that take you outside of your comfort zone are the moments that change your life. You just have to start, it's true.

Start what? Start where? And how? What will people think? By the way, it doesn't matter. I let these dizzying questions paralyze me from just starting for so long and so when Luke asked me to tell my story, I felt compelled to try.

In being a part of the Moving Portraits project, I came to the conclusion that my biggest piece of advice to anyone wanting to try something new is to just begin. Whatever that looks like for you and in whatever capacity. Keep moving forward despite the fear because that doesn't go away - and have faith and confidence that you'll figure it out along the way. 

Thank you for taking time to read this and/or watch the video on the Moving Portraits site!