Interviewed by: Justyna Kedra (email@example.com)
BASED IN: NEW YORK
How is being an artist and being an entrepreneur the same?
In both instances you are working towards something that will seem unattainable. It’s like running a race where the finish line has yet to be determined and who knows if it ever will. Believing in something indefinite will become exhausting but if the passion is there it’s really the only option.
After graduating from school did you see a lot of opportunities?
An overwhelming amount of opportunities! No, seriously it was so overwhelming I didn’t know where to start. I often become paralyzed when I consider all the possibilities of life. I think the most important thing is to embrace the ephemeral, keep in mind nothing is permanent. Opportunities will come and go. Do not get hung up on any you miss, you’ll just be missing out on the ones waiting in front of you.
Do you think overcoming fear is important in order to be a “successful” person?
Unless you’ve been blessed with super mutant emotional powers, fear is unavoidable. However, sensing fear does not always mean certainty of immediate danger or any danger for that matter. Remind yourself that fear is not an infinite wall but merely a hurdle to leap over. Don’t get discouraged-- overcoming fear is a practice not a cure.
How important is having an online presence? Does that help you with spreading the word about your work?
Social media definitely helps to get the word about your work but it’s really up to you where to place the importance of your online presence. If you want one, do something about it. Make something of better quality, be more interesting or even hire someone to run your social media network. Whatever you do; do not waste any energy troubled by the fact that you don’t have as many followers as the latest edgy/sparkle pop star.
How do you define success?
For me success is in comfort. Success is going to bed without feeling like you could be doing more.
What is your ultimate goal in life? What kind of a lifestyle would make you the happiest?
Setting yourself an “ultimate goal” is harmful. Life doesn’t work like that. Take each day at a time; eat healthy, be spontaneous, wear practical shoes. Most importantly never stop working on yourself-- remain open to learning new skills, as well as new ways to be kind. If you work hard and live an honest life in “the end” your ultimate goal will surprise you and it will be glorious!
On another note: It’s fun to imagine low-pressure scenarios of what life can be. Like for me, I want to host frequent lunch and tea for friends and sleep in a bay window—that would make me the happiest!