For the last couple of years of my short life I have been doing a few oddball jobs that have given me the opportunity to explore what some of my true passions in life are. One of these jobs was hanging out with teenagers and helping them figure out what their future could look like. I would take them on trips to different college tours inside and out of California. I also got the opportunity to travel with these young individuals to the Capitol many times to show them what potential legacy they could leave behind.
The first couple of weeks I just took everything I was experiencing when it came to visiting our Nations Capitol. One museum, monument, bus ride, meal, airplane ride, or whatever test would come our way. It was as almost as if I was the one experiencing the magic that lied within the city for the first time. After a few trips I started to think to myself, "What are your passions in life and how do you want to share it with others?”
While I had this job I was also dedicating time into ceramics and understanding what I really wanted to create. I did get my degree in Studio Art at my state college and did my senior project in ceramics as my concentration but to turn this idea of making a craft as a career into a reality merely seemed impossible. For two long years I took on this challenge of focusing on what I wanted to present and how to continue to inspire the kids. When I would go into the Smithsonian's and look at all of the simple things that impacted our country I thought to myself, nothing could be more stressful than this job, so why aren't I trying to create one of my own. I buckled down and decided that at the end of this past summer I would do the unimaginable and make an environment that I could call my own and open up my own studio.
Growing up in North East Los Angeles I have seen the shift and rise for the appreciation of the creative community. Which has been inspiring to see that potentially obtaining a career in the arts is simply achievable. I took everything I had and decided to go all in. If I was going to do it, I wanted to do it right. After months of work and figuring out a bunch of problems that lead into other problems, countless trips to the hardware store, bribing people for their special services in exchange for ceramic goods, and a bunch of drinks - the studio was complete!
Being 25 and having my own studio has been interesting. It is a relaxing space where I can create all of my different projects and finally let the true experimenting begin! Two years ago when I graduated college if someone would of told me that I would be where I am now I probably would of simply laughed at them and say "Wouldn't that be the dream?" But it CAN be. After spending years of motivating others its nice to finally turn all of my affirmations toward myself. You can be your biggest believer once you open your eyes and see the light.