Interview with Chris Anthony (@kyber_by_chris)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

That’s an excellent question. The idea was brought on by COVID, unfortunately. I wanted to pick up a new hobby, and I was always interested in 3D printing and Star Wars. So I figured why not put them together. I decided to open an Etsy shop to help make a few extra bucks here and there during COVID. It was slow in the beginning. I was hesitant and would close my shop after a few months. It was until I decided to post my content on TikTok, and then everything exploded. I’m grateful for the support and thankful for everyone who follows me.

Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

The most interesting would have to be gender reveals. There are many different ways to reveal the gender of a baby these days, and a particular couple wanted to do a lightsaber ignition to announce their baby. So I 3D printed a black kyber crystal and coded it to the colour of the gender.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

Consistency. Keep at it. I know it may seem challenging initially, but if you stick to your niche, you’ll grow.

None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

My wife. She’s always supportive of the extra things I want to pursue, and she always helps critique a new decision or item I want to make. Without her, I don’t think I’d be today’s person.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

At every one of my follower milestones, I’ve done giveaways. At 100k followers, I gave away a Savi Lightsaber that uses my 3D printer kyber crystals. I had everyone sign up online and then randomly generate a winner. I plan to do more giveaways. I’ve also 3D printed other accounts’ logos and shipped them out to them. It’s rewarding when you can bring smiles to people’s faces.

Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

Never take life for granted. Besides family, not many people know that I had a minor stroke about seven years ago. I’m a young guy, and it came as a shock to me. Fortunately, I recovered with no lingering symptoms, but if you feel like something is wrong, go with your gut and visit a GP or PCP.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You can follow on TikTok. I’m looking to expand on Instagram soon.

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?

If anyone is familiar with SaberSourcing, I was featured in an article on the top 10 sellers for handmade kyber crystals. It was amazing to see the article with my shop being recognized for its work.