We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda LaMarco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks…It’s pretty much what got me to every major turning point in my career and life. If it feels like a cliff is at the edge of your toes then you should go for it. Trust your gut it never lets you down.
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.
Hum. My art has always been what brings me joy at that moment in my life. I try to use different mediums and techniques to push me out of my comfort zone. Even though drawing hot rods and monster trucks stresses me out I love how they turn out. Looking back at my career of now over a decade I am very proud of how far I’ve come. It was a combination of pure hunger, stamina and the universe connecting the dots. I worked my little ass off, networked my little ass off and constantly went for the bigger scarier move. It is never easy, you have to really want something so bad that you make massive sacrifices for it. Like leaving all your friends and family across the country. Lessons?! There are too many to write BUT a few main ones are always be a reliable worker. Always be kind and help your coworkers out. And enjoy every moment: the good, the bad, and the middle. And trust the timing of that dang universe it’s been a magical ride. I just want everyone to know that even when I complained I was loving every step of the way. Every part of your journey shapes you and I feel like I just keep ascending. I am grateful for everyone that has crossed my path. I came across some really special ones.
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?
Hum. My favorite parts of LA are the Secret Stair cases in Silver Lake. Tony’s Bar, Pizzanista and Cafe Stella. And honestly, seeing that Hollywood sign made me smile every time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A massive shoutout goes to my family who has always been there to push me to do all the scary things. All my amazing art teachers who saw my potential. My college teacher Johnny Woods he is the reason I stayed in school. To my talented friend Alison Roberto who helped me build the bridge to Hollyweird and to my favorite animation studio Titmouse for letting weirdos be weird.
Portrait shot by Alison Roberto