It's my pleasure to introduce Shayla, another self-nominated FGOTW.
Who are you? Shayla, 27
Where? Lived all over Orange County, California. My mom and I moved around a lot, and I was never in the same apartment, or same school for very long. Spent one year on a commune in the desert when I was 11.
What do you do? I am a painter! I make 'Light Reactive Paintings.' I work in acrylic. I make my paintings experiential and meditative for the viewer. I focus on how light changes the color and effect of each piece. The colors of each painting change and morph throughout the day (so how it appears in the morning is somewhat different than in the evening.) In addition to how each painting appears in normal lighting, all my art is uv reactive and glows in the dark. I am currently a working artist and have spent three years as the Creative Director for an arts-based, event-planning organization, with emphasis on culture, meditation, discussion, and spirituality. My art is currently hanging in local businesses and I am preparing for my first solo gallery show in Laguna Beach, California in July 2007.
Sometimes I do acting and modeling, because it's just so much fun. :o) I have performed in many plays and independent films.
What inspires you? I believe in Thin Spaces, where the spiritual world and natural world intersect. Sunsets, sunrises, the moon, the stars and planets, the universe, molecules, atoms, cycles of time, and everything in between speak to me of something greater, something higher, something more connected than science, religion, or philosophy can comprehend. I love to color. Painting makes me feel like I'm 5 years old. My mom was an painter and stained glass artisan. She is constantly busy and involved with many different activities.
Why are you fly? I often work 12 hours per day without stopping, because I feel a responsibility to take advantage of my abilities and work for my dreams with every ounce of effort that I have. My life is a gift and an opportunity to work for what I love, and to contribute something valuable to the world. I will not be of use to anyone in an office building, and my work should be a path that invigorates me and makes me excited to wake up in the morning. I wake up and paint in my underwear, forget to eat, and have to remind myself to go to sleep.
Advice: WORK HARD! I am truly a lazy person. Laziness does not get you any closer to your goals. I have a mantra that basically states, if I am thinking about my career more than I am DOING my career, something is wrong. Always be moving forward. Remain humble, grateful, and teachable. Constantly improve yourself for the rest of your life. Marketing is KEY, no matter what pursuit you have. Make sure people know about you, and make sure they know what you do. You have to own your life, and be about *that thing* that you'll want to be remembered for. You only have one life, so make sure that when you look back on it when you're 70, you are doing what you want to remember. Think backwards. If you want to accomplish something in 5 years, figure out what you're doing right now to move closer to that goal. Give to charities, to remind yourself that even when you're at the end of your rope, you still have something to offer and help to give. Form a community of people who believe in you and support your dreams. Ditch the people who talk you out of it, or who are otherwise destructive to your goals.