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Not everyone is lucky enough to stumble upon a career they're passionate about early in life. For April Gargiulo, the founder of skincare company Vinter's Daughter, it took three college degrees, stints in the design world, and time spent working for the family wine business for her to truly find her calling, and she's just getting started. Despite her untraditional path, she tells Hillary Kerr on episode 18 of Second Life, "There's nothing I would have done differently."
While it didn't seem like it at the time, Gargiulo's varied experiences were projecting her forward in her career, providing her with the skills she would eventually use to create the game-changing active botanical serum that's put her on the map in the world of skincare. While going from design to wine-making and sales to skincare doesn't exactly sound like a linear career path, Gargiulo would tell you otherwise.
"For me, [each stage of work] is absolutely built on the other," she says. "I enjoyed my other gigs, don't get me wrong I loved them, but truly I don't think I felt my vocation until doing what I’m doing right now."
After gaining an understanding of design and learning the ropes of making and selling a high-quality product at her family's winery in Napa, Gargiulo was primed to create the skincare product she wanted but couldn't find.
For anyone who's still searching for that aha moment when passion meets career, Gargiulo is proof that it can happen at any time, even if you've already moved through multiple professional endeavors. Her advice for those thinking of taking a leap into a new industry or venture? "See if it has legs," she says. "Is it something that you want to go to bat for every day? Is it something that you want to just push it up the hill every single day? And if it is, go for it. You're not going to lose, you'll figure it out, yo'’ll get it to where you need it to go."
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