Two of our own Goodwill Omaha employees were featured in the Omaha World-Herald this weekend. While both Elizabeth Startzer and Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik are awesome members of our Employment and Training family, they were both actually featured for interesting things they’re doing outside of work.
In Creating niche from passion for fashion, reporter Valerie Novotny profiled Sarah, one of our Work Experience trainers, for how she has taken her interest in fashion and turned it from a hobby to a freelance career as a stylist, costumer and writer.
She got into the styling game through her husband, Jonathan Tvrdik, whom she met in high school and who is one of the co-founders of local film production company H-Minus Productions. When her husband struggled finding a costumer for various films and videos, he turned to the most stylish person he knew: his wife.
Through her work with her husband’s films, Lorsung Tvrdik found other jobs costuming for local independent theater companies and area fashion photo shoots.
She was an unconventional costumer. Instead of sewing pieces from scratch for the productions, she would turn to one of her favorite hobbies, thrifting.
“Working full time at Goodwill really helped when it came to finding costumes,” she said. “I was in the stores all the time anyway.”
Director of Workforce Services Elizabeth Startzer also has a knack for thrifting, but she was featured in the paper for how she’s using second-hand and vintage items to decorate her wedding this Saturday.