We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelo Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelo, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Being able to build trust with my customers is the #1 factor. If my business were not dependable, then I would not be able to build a solid reputation to bring back clients, or get any referrals. I rely heavily on word of mouth, and positive reviews to attract new and repeating business. To build that trust, I have to make sure to stay organized, communicate timely, and just be nice! All of my skills and passion for this job would drive the rest.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Disney has been a big influence in my art since childhood. I fell in love with the characters and designs without really asking myself why until I got older. It is what some refer to as the “Disney Appeal.” What this means to me, is being able to tell a story with a clear, readable design. I try to apply that principle in my art. I’ve always been into drawing and art, but it wasn’t until college when I really discovered my true passion for sculpting. Which is what I am most excited about to see where I can take it in the next step of my career. I got to where I am today professionally due to my passion and love for art. It is what drives me to have a strong work ethic so that I can be better and keep doing what I love. There have been challenges along the way, but what I did to overcome it is to always be inspired. I get that inspiration through people I know, or connect with, to books and browsing art online. There are so many people out there that I look up to, and learning from them helps push me to be better. What I want from the world to know about my work, is that I hope they can see all these influences that inspired me in my art, and how I use it to tell my own unique story.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA has a really cool art scene and city life, which I am really into. So I’d show them around museums like LACMA, the broad and the getty. LA has a ton of good restaurants and bars. Areas like Silver Lake, downtown, to West Hollywood and Santa Monica. Just a really cool diversity of cultures to explore.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to the ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists) They have been a great community that shares the same passions of my business.