Thank you so much, dear.
This is a hard question to answer because it’s one of those things that are going to be different for everyone. For some, it’s going to make immediate sense; come naturally. For others, they’ll find it or discover it along the way, so long as they remember to experiment, engage with interests and try new things.
I never exactly knew that what interested me would turn into what it is today (or push in the direction that I’m headed) when it all began. I’ve always been artistically inclined since I was a child and growing up, I’ve dabbled in quite a bit of different mediums. My mother has boxes of drawings, crafts, storybooks and more from when I was a child. I was known in my elementary classes to draw pictures for other classmates and for my teachers, and as the girl who would crochet underneath my desk during class. I dabbled in music for a while — the piano, flute and guitar and have always leaned more towards creativity than anything else.
When I hit high school, I immediately indulged in art classes, studied drawing, film and digital photography and became an avid painter for about four or five years. Some days, I miss it. I was also actively writing letters to pen-pals during my math classes and after school. I was taking college courses at the American Academy of Art as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I later went to college for two years. My senior year, I became interested in book-making and took a sewing class, a cooking class, studied cinema and was chosen for a relatively exclusive AP Studio Art course where I created a 2D drawing/painting portfolio about the study of human relationships.
At SAIC, I worked with installation art, video, photography, book-making/began a year-long self-published book project, philosophy, painting, web design, sewing/fashion, print-media, etc. I continued writing letters. I began selling my books and my work which eventually worked its way into what it is now: my own business and brand, West Heritage and used my letter-writing as a way to connect and share stories with folks around the world, as I realized that compassion, connection and story-telling was one of the few things that made me feel so worthwhile.
It all fell into place and is continuing to fall into place, change, expand, fall apart and come back together. My career, my calling — it’s always changing or progressing or making more or less sense all of the time.
If I can offer any advice, I’d simply tell you to not be afraid to experiment, take risks and try new things. You may be completely and utterly surprised by what it is that you find yourself loving. Lean towards the things that make you happy and keep your interest as time passes. Best of luck on your journey.
Nope! I’ve had the same glasses for several years now!