We had the good fortune of connecting with Aine Lynn-McEvoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I learned a while ago, of course as I often learn, the hard way; that happy and successful people take risks on people and ideas, they are people often always looking to help. Those that live unhappy and unsuccessful lives continue to ask “what’s in it for me?”, so I love to raise people up and support their strengths. I see risk in lifting people and watching them thrive, see us learn and thrive together. Morale is good for the mind.
I don’t weigh my successes by how high I’ve climbed but from what I’ve done along the way, who I’ve helped along the way and those that I’ve helped along the way. Risk taking for me has been a complete education, learning the dos and don’ts, gaining strength and confidence in knowing when to let go and learning how to be wise enough to fight for what I feel I deserve. As the old saying goes; you have to be knocked down a lot to get back up taller; and I’ve gotten up every single time taller and taller.
I always felt like I’ve made the wrong decisions, I felt I wasn’t cut from the same cloth as most. I know that feeling of “making the wrong decision” stems from societal norms, how things are done normally and so I take great pride in myself by knowing that I am a risk taker. In all areas of my life. In my choice of pursuing a career in the creative industry as a young woman in a war torn country and where it has lead, to the places I’ve been, the causes I’ve supported and the people I’ve lifted. Traveling across the world on the hope of opening more doors, not knowing again if it was the correct decision, not knowing if I would find those doors. Moving back across the world in a pandemic with my family with no solid prospects was also a huge risk, but we made it work and I’m not the same person I was when I left, that’s all I could have hoped for on returning home to Belfast, N.Ireland.
Having the confidence to take risks has made my life amazing, the people I have met, the people I have yet to meet, the things I have been able to do and the places I’ve been able to go. Taking risks has provided me countless adventures and the opportunity to live many lives
I don’t want to wait for things to happen, I don’t want to settle for the mundane. I want to live a big interesting life with interesting people and create those unforeseen opportunities myself. I honestly don’t know life without risk and as stressful as it usually is because the path is blurred and not well traveled, I would not have it any other way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Outside of working in film and tv I illustrate and paint. The pandemic allowed me to detach myself from the hustle and bustle of competing in LA and fully let me delve into my own creative ventures.
I am inspired by politics and current affairs. I huge advocate for mental health, (all) women’s rights and history. Last year I exhibited in a few galleries in LA, Vancouver and even had my menstruation campaign feature in a pop up for MOMA in NYC, that was very cool. My confidence in my art sky rocketed and I was feeling very secure about my art for the first time ever. I’ve been creating, exhibiting and selling art for a long time, my first exhibition was when I was thirteen but the pandemic allowed me to focus for the first time. When I wasn’t creating art I was on the streets protesting for equality and civil rights, I come from a rich history of fighting for civil rights in my own country and so I was so proud to accompany and elevate voices that needed it. A lot of my art last year was centred around civil rights in the USA and Ireland. Five of my pieces were bought by CAAM to be made part of their permanent collection, that was a huge deal for me and I was overjoyed to received that news.
I guess how I got to where I am today was by making a lot of mistakes, failing a hell of a lot, being rejected and knocked down plenty BUT learning to not be afraid to get back up again. Every day is a school day, I learned to treat my days like this.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In LA…. easily for tacos at ” The Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada” of Los Feliz, best tacos in my opinion. Hit the coast, the museums, the mountains, the desert. The street art, last bookstore, motorbike rides, skate sepulveda dam. Classic tourist stuff and then the weird stuff on Atlas Obscura. Defo Hamburger Mary’s. I’m all about cramming as much as possible…. they’ll probably need a vacation after this visit.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly my husband, Darren McEvoy is my biggest fan and everyday I feel so blessed to have such an impressive man be my biggest supporter.
NA All images are mine