Sharona Schreiber talks about her love for school, how an internship changed her life, and why people and following her passion make her happy.
Sharona is on the personal shopping team for Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue.
- Sharona is on the personal shopping team for Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue.
- When we spoke, Sharona was on her second week of her Whole 30 (she started it with David). Unlike David, Sharona isn’t Paleo, but she always eats healthy.
- A lot of things make Sharona happy; it’s easy for her to become happy with little things. But at the core, what truly makes Sharona happy is people and following her passion—which for Sharona is fashion. Because of her job, Sharona is able to interact with people and fashion on a daily basis.
- Since a very young age, Sharona was told to follow her passion.
- She recalls as a child seeing adults go to school follow their passion, but then not always do what they loved. Sharona always loved being a student and never wanted to graduate, but since that’s not an option she found a way to translate her passion to her work.
- Sharona always loved fashion growing up; she would always have the latest fashions, but then her sister would take her clothes, wear it, and then she and their mom would hide it from Sharona.
- She was also very artistic, so her mom gave Sharona art classes. After high school she took a gap year in Israel, so she wasn’t super focused on college, but she knew she wanted to go to FIT and that was the only school she applied to and she got in.
- Sharona applied to FIT with a fine arts portfolio and that’s what she studied. She had a great experience with classmates, teachers, and traveling.
- At FIT Sharona took a look at different majors. She considered going into fashion, but she realized she was more interested in footwear and handbags, so she went into accessory design.
- Sharona got into sales accidentally, and she calls it the best mistake she’s ever made. In school she was doing an internship in wholesale textiles and her boss noticed that she wanted to interact with the customer and that she was interested in the sales process, and she got involved in the sales process. She then worked at a boutique, then Trunk Club.
- While it may seem that Sharona’s passion shifted, her passion was always in art and creativity; the shift was just a matter of self exploring and learning.
- Sharona’s had many great opportunities, but she’s also had many time where she’s said no to an opportunity or they said no to her. She believes you still have to push through and continue working hard to follow your passion.
- When Sharona was at MIT, her roommate was in fashion design. Sharona got to watch her do her homework, which gave her a great insight into the life of a fashion design student. Because her roommate was so passionate and stayed up all night working on her fashion, Sharona realized that this wasn’t her number one thing, and she was able to pursue her number one passion.
- Styling is creating a character, whether by creating a costume or styling a customer. Sharona is very passionate about being able to take a customer who feels unsure and hesitant and putting a smile on their face, and all through wardrobe.
- Sometimes when Sharona is styling a client, she needs to get into their mind to understand what they want and need. She finds this very exciting.
- In terms of career, Sharona wanted to find something where she could stay her whole life and be super passionate, so it’s all or nothing for her. In life, she can be all or nothing with some things, but it doesn’t always have to be her way. She believes it’s important to have secondary passions and interests.
- Sharona has always enjoyed making people happy; she likes doing nice things for others for absolutely no reason. It’s very important for Sharona to make other people feel good.
- When sharona was six or seven her parents divorced and she had a hard time going through it. A few years ago Sharona learned that one of her teachers knew her as a girl who never smiled, which surprised her because as an adult she is very happy and likes to smile. It made an impact for her to be known as a girl who never smiled, because as an adult it is very important for her to be happy and smile to others.
- Happiness is something Sharona is always focusing on. If she’s in a bad mood, she’ll put on Tony Robbins and gets motivated.
- Sharona focuses on happiness on a daily basis; she always focusing on making her clients happy, as well as her family, her boyfriend, her friends.
- Sharona tends to gravitate towards positive people and tries to shy away from negative people. She recently came to the realization that sometimes you need to cut out people who are not positive for you or who drain your energy.
- While she loves people, Sharona is perfectly happy being on her own, listening to music or relaxing.
- Sharona’s perfect day would be on a boat in Greece—which hasn’t happened yet, but she’s looking forward to it. She likes being on her roof, being outdoors, and relaxing. She likes having a busy day at work with back-to-back appointments. Then she likes going to the beach on the weekends, or strolling through weekends. She loves having something to do, but she also appreciates having down time.
- Where in Brooklyn? Williamsburg. Sharona says she’s late to the game—when she was in school all her friends hung out in Williamsburg, even moved out there, but living in Chelsea never thought of a reason to go to Brooklyn. Now she’s obsessed with Williamsburg.
- Sharona loves a good rooftop! Her only prerequisite when moving was to have some outdoor space, and her apartment has both a balcony and a rooftop.
- In sixty years when she’s had her career and she’s with the people she loves, Sharona hopes she would be well-traveled, she’s found her work-life balance—she is very career oriented, but she wants make time to make a family. And we’ll be catching up on her rooftop.
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