Spotlight Interview – Indigenous

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2019 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AND THE EXPO?
I have been involved with RFL of SL since my first year in SL, 14 years ago. Whether on a team or just an independent contributor in any way I could help out. EXPO is just one of the ways I choose to contribute.

In my RL, one of my professions was a Registered Nurse, so I am well aware of the devastation cancer brings to people and their families. I also lost my own father to Cancer and that made me even more determined to do what I can to help fight this terrible disease. RFL in SL is the perfect venue for me to do that since I am disablelled myself now and retired from work so anything in the RL is not possible.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SECOND LIFE?
I am in my 15th year in SL, I joined in Sept. 14 years ago.

WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
I opened my first store about 4 months after I started SL back when the only clothing option was system layer clothing. The first store was called “Tazzie’s” and I loved the artistic outlet of desiging the clothing (art was always one of my passions) but I was not a great business person lol. Two years later I changed the name of my store to Indigenous and started to take the business more seriously.

WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A VIRTUAL MERCHANT?
I have had 2 passions in life.. one is music and the other is art. Before SL I was doing digital art and making prints to sell in RL. When I discovered I could use those same skills in SL to make clothing, I was thrilled. It was yet another way for me to express creativity. Designing clothes became my new passion lol. And for a time the bit of extra money that sales provided was very helpful in supplementing my rather limited pension in RL. With the huge influx of new designers and stores that bit of income has decreased but I still really enjoy the process of creating so I continue to do it.

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS?
I don’t look for the latest trends, and I do not try to emulate any specific look. I just get an Idea and work from there. I don’t want my work to look like every one elses so I try for originality, through the use of textures and details.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN. REGARDING YOUR SL BUSINESS?
Probably that I need to step up my game when it comes to marketing, I just do not do that well at all to be honest. I tried using bloggers at one point, and was not too happy with how they presented my fashions so I don’t even do that anymore. I do use Flickr though which is one bit of advice I did take lol.

EXPO VISITORS LIKE TO FOLLOW UP WITH OUR MERCHANTS. DO YOU HAVE A STORE ON THE GRID OR MARKETPLACE?
Oh yes I have
Mainstore 
MarketPlace 

I do wish Market Place reversed the order when you open a page as my oldest fashions show up first I hope folks know to change that to Newest first lol.

WHAT CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION ARE YOU AND WHY?
Hmmm, probably a sparkly little drum. My other passion is music, along with my Nursing career, I also played drums professionally as a second career.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Circumspective

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY SPECIALS AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
At this point what I can say is that most items will be brand new. Ladies Fashions. example:

And since the Theme is the Magic of Christmas, and the goal is to raise money to benefit Childhood cancer, I just might have a surprise or two that fits that theme.

There will be a Stocking Stuffer special.

I will be offering the following:
Holiday Shopping Spree Raffle gift Certificates 4 at 500 L each
Gift of Hope Mega Raffle Gift Certificates 2 at 5,000 L each

CAN YOU GIVE US A HINT AS TO WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020 FROM YOUR STORE.
In all honesty, I have no idea. All I can say is that I hope to be able to continue to come up with new and attractive designs that are unique to Indigenous.