Name: Jessica Serna
Company: Craft Drywall
I am one of the few woman in the drywall trade here in Central Oregon. I love learning new tricks and showing the boys I can work just as hard.
Before entering the drywall trade I would have never imagined myself doing what I do daily but I’m proud to know I’m helping build a better America. I want my children to learn that hard work and discipline are key to succeeding in any trade.
How did you get started in drywall?
An old neighbor of mine saw I was looking for work. She knew I didn’t have any drywall experience but also knew I’d work my tail off! She has been doing drywall for over 25 years now.
How long have you been in the industry?
My first day was Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th, 2018
What’s the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is looking back on my work and seeing the magic I can create. Whether my day is small or filled to the brim… I appreciate every accomplishment.
What do you think the industry will look like in five years? Ten years?
I can only hope the industry will only get bigger and more knowledgeable. In five years I’m sure it will be much like it is today, but in ten years I hope my children will be keeping the trades alive. Right now there is a shortage of good quality workers.
What’s the key to success in your industry?
The key to success in the drywall trade is consistency. Great time management is also key. We are the last ones to touch the walls before paint hits it and it must look perfect!
Do you have any advice for the next generation of craftsman?
My advice would to be never stop learning. Always ask questions and keep a clean work space. There are days where I feel I can only fail, but even then, I’m only building my knowledge base.
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