We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Kurtz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how do you think about risk?
I’ve never really been a risk taker, so I think taking the leap, risking it all to go forward with this full time was the biggest risk I’ve taken. Do I regret it? No way! I’m so happy I did it. Is it hard work? Very! There are ups and downs, but I’m still very grateful for the job. I think taking jobs that you are not sure of or are not in your comfort zone is a great way to open those doors and grow as a person. When you run your one business, taking leaps is a big part of it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art has really evolved throughout the years. I started out really admiring (and still do) the look of 1940s tattoos and cartoons. In the beginning My art was mainly hand drawn and used real makeup, which I still use to this day which sets me apart. Makeup is a tool that I know I’ll always use in all of my art. As time went on I started doing more digital work which Im really proud of because that’s something I didn’t think I would do. It’s opened my eyes to a different look. It’s been really neat to see the changes. I now have a character “Copper” who is included in a lot of things that I do!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I have always loved Long Beach. I love the whole feeling of it. I usually take my friends to 4th street also known as “Retro Row” which has amazing vintage shops. After that me and my friends HAVE to go to the Pike bar for chilly cheese fries. Another favorite place in Long Beach if you are a tiki fan, is The Bamboo club which is a great place to visit. And for a evening the Queen Mary is always a win!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
About 3 years ago I was lucky enough to take a class with Ann Shen. She is a Disney artist, author of the book”Bad girls throughout history” and a incredible teacher. I was able to talk to her via FaceTime and chat, take notes and really know the ins and outs of focusing on my business as a artist. I learned so much from her and I continue to look up to her. Sooooo many artists inspired me everyday. It’s amazing how much you can learn. I’m STILL learning, I don’t think you ever stop.
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