Samantha Thompson, owner & candle maker of stellar candle company, Standard Wax, is all about bringing art into your everyday. Inspired by the erratic landscape of the desert and the beautiful treks through the forests of Arizona (yes, they have some), this little powerhouse & her wonderful business partner Andrew, are forces to be reckoned with. The savvy business gal behind the brand, Samantha has unstoppable wit, crazy fun charm, and killer personal style. Get to what it means to run a creative company well, plus what personal style means to this bombshell!
Full name: Samantha Thompson
Location: Tempe, AZ
Current title/company: Owner + Candle Maker, Standard Wax
How long have you been a full-time Creative?
Standard Wax started about three years ago, but I went truly full-time (as in quit my day job) eight months ago. Up until then, I was a double-time creative! It’s been so liberating, since I can focus all of my time on one thing that I love, instead of basically working two (more than) full-time jobs.
What is your day-to-day work routine like?
Haha! It doesn’t exist. I’m not a very routine-driven person. I know a lot of people with non-traditional jobs find it important to have a routine, a schedule and create a normal day-to-day, but not me! I know what needs to get done, when it needs to be done by, and love that I can work at my own pace. Sometimes I’ll be up at 5 a.m. working on emails or budgets or accounting in my pajamas, and realize at 5 p.m. that I’m still in PJs and forgot to take breaks to eat. Other days call for inspiration and spontaneous afternoon adventures. And sometimes I simply make candles from 9-5. I think it’s important to be flexible and do what makes you most productive, even if what’s going to make you productive that day isn’t what some think of as “real work”.
Best part about being a business owner?
The community. There are a lot things that are awesome about owning a business, but you’ve probably heard them all. What I had no idea about are the amazing opportunities to meet other people in different fields, who all want to collaborate. I’ve met some of the greatest people at events, workshops and even on the Internet, all because of Standard Wax.
What is some advice you wish you would have had before you got started?
To be patient. Things are going to happen that you don’t understand, or don’t like, but having the patience to wait out those hard/weird/confusing/stressful times is so important. Instead of getting frustrated, just know that the clarity will always come. And when it does, you suddenly see why these things that weren’t so great had to happen.
What is the key to making a foolproof, creative, yet professional outfit?
For me, it’s all about comfort. You have to be comfortable to be confident, and if you’re confident you can almost wear whatever you want. I love outfits that are super versatile. Some days I will make candles, go to a meeting, and then go on a spontaneous adventure into the desert – and I love that I can wear the same outfit to all three! I live in leggings, for this reason. My key to creating the perfect outfit is accessories. Hats, jackets, jewelry. You can dress up leggings, pull together skinny jeans and a t-shirt, or give the same outfit you wore three days ago (it happens, no shame) a new life.
Any tips for having a well-balanced closet?
Solids and accessories. Call me boring (I like to call it classic) but I wear skinny pants of some sort and a plain shirt almost every day. Sometimes maybe it’s a simple dress. These things almost never go out of style, so you can spend money on quality items and keep them around! As trends change, I just re-evaluate my accessory situation. Shoes, bags, jackets, hats (hats are the best), jewelry… These are the things that make the outfit for me.