We had the good fortune of connecting with Audrey Murty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audrey, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As an illustrator, there have been a lot of moments in my process (and within my career) where I’ve had to ask myself that exact question. There are always so many things to consider (e.g. your time/energy/effort, if the circumstances are favourable, and so on). Most of the time, I’m inclined to keep pushing on because I’m slightly idealistic.
Perseverance doesn’t always work out, though. If my gut feeling starts asking me if it’s worth it, I’m the type of person who’ll overthink their choices. I try to talk to other people about it! It’s a good way for me to step back from the situation and consider things I might’ve missed. Breaks can be a good time for me to rethink my goals and my commitment to them.
I’m relatively young – there might be even tougher choices to make in the future. “Trust your gut”, right? My intuition has always been my best guide. I’ve learned that no experience is ever wasted, regardless of the choice you make.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As of 2021, I’m still working my way towards graduating with a BFA in illustration! It’s been a long journey since my first day of college, and I’m still learning many things from the people around me.
I decided to pursue a minor in Social Innovation from ArtCenter’s Designmatters program and since then, I’ve had a lot of exciting opportunities – from working with marine scientists to the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in LA – to develop my approach in human-centric art and design.
I want to tell stories that can speak to others! I’m always looking for ways to deliver my storytelling that can resonate with people. Not every project is a success. Sometimes I lose my drive before my ideas come to fruition, but they won’t just disappear – I take a breather and come back to them when I find a way to tackle those ideas again.
I’m excited to keep on working in the creative field. There’s still so much of it to explore. I can’t wait to see what things I’ll get to work on, and what more I will create.
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?
Even after nearly 3 years of living in LA, I haven’t had a lot of time to explore all the different areas. I act like a tourist when I hang out with friends who have lived in California for much longer than I have. If my best friend were to visit, I’d definitely plan a culinary trip. I’m a big fan of Pearl Thai Eatery in the Pasadena area! I’d also take my best friend to all the aquariums since she’s very fond of ocean animals, and then visit all the different botanical gardens while we’re at it. I’m a pretty quiet person, so I have the best time when I can hang out with others in a less crowded setting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Here’s a shoutout to my parents, who recognised my passion before I learnt how to recognise it myself. They’ve always been proud of the work I create, so I remember how to be happy with myself, too. Another shoutout goes to the friends I’ve made in college! I’m always thankful to be surrounded by so much creativity and support from others who are pursuing similar dreams.