We had the good fortune of connecting with Art Conn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Art, how do you think about risk?
I always see risk as an opportunity to grow. I embrace the chance to be uncomfortable or do something unexpected. Win or lose, you become a better, stronger person for taking a chance. Risk also allows you to really put your talent and confidence into action. Doing something when the outcome is uncertain really speaks to your tenacity and hustle as well. Risk can light a fire you never knew was there before. And it can take you down a path you never could have dreamed possible. No one will ever fault the person who takes the chance,
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think my story is similar to so many others who came to LA searching for a career in the industry. Except I came wanting to be an actor. and found myself very disillusioned with the process. After years to trying to find my calling, I made the leap to the fashion industry. I could give you nightmares with stories about mean bosses, diva clients, and rigorous schedules but I never let that break me, My ability to find the good in every situation and to treat people with kindness has always proven successful. When you are humble and kind, it will attract those type of people to you. And never overlook being grateful for those people. I’ve also learned the importance of respect, time management, and honesty, One lesson I was taught early on was that if your boss asks you to show up at 9am, you show up at 8:50am! It has served me well over the 20+ years I’ve been in this industry.
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?
There is so much to see and do in this town! I’d start at the beach and find some amazing fish and chips along the Malibu coast. I’d ride the ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier and watch the waves crash along the beach. I’d make my way through Beverly Hills to visit some of my favorite stores like Gucci, and then get an iced vanilla latte at Alfred. Once I’ve been fully caffeinated, a cocktail in WeHo is a must. All walks of life pass by you there and it gives you such an appreciation for diversity and acceptance. Hollywood is a fun place to do all the daytime tourist stuff. Many pictures will be taken! A night at the Bowl or Cinespia are musts and show that despite what others may say, there is a community and culture here that is unique. How can I forget a trip to the Getty? The view are stunning and the exhibits are inspiring.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been so many people along the way that have given me the confidence and unwavering support to follow my dreams. My mother has always been a guide to the realities of finding your talent and then making a living from it. My best friends’ Donna Liermann and Steve Kerem have talked me down many a ledge, have pushed me when I wanted to quit, and always made me feel like what I do is special. I couldn’t do what I do without them both. I’ve been so blessed to have had so many mentors in this industry that have taught me so many different things. Being on time, a strong work ethic, and finding your own voice are just a few things I’ve been lucky enough to have learned. Miles Siggins, Kim Bowen, Arianne Phillips, and Marina Toybina are just a few of the talented and stylish souls that have imparted wisdom with love and support. And a huge shoutout goes to all the hard working and patient people who have assisted me along the way, The ability to work long hours with a smile goes a long way. And their relentless and untiring spirit has carried me thorough many storms.