We had the good fortune of connecting with Becca Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becca, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I think like most creatives, I wanted to share my craft with others and bring joy. I had been practicing calligraphy for a while and created some wooden signs for people and here before I started The Urban Oak Studio. The process of creating brings me joy–from working alongside a customer for a custom sign to the finished project and everything in between.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the two greatest I’ve learned to date is not to strive to be like anyone else but yourself and support others. People compare themselves with what they see on social media and that’s especially true with creatives and artists. But we don’t need competition–we need community. When admiring someone else’s artwork, I’m working on shifting my reaction from “I wish I could do this” to “Wow, that’s amazing.” We need people who are authentic who will lift each other up. I hope my art is inspired by the simple things in life–powerful and meaningful words and nature. I also hope that my art lifts others up and inspires them to go on and 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?
This looks a little different in a pandemic but in a pre-COVID world, here’s what I would tell people! Also, this is not a comprehensive list– it all depends on where they are staying and what food/activities they like to do!
– Doubting Thomas (Historic Filipinotown): amazing bakery items and brunch/lunch food!
– Uli Gelato (Downtown): the best gelato I’ve ever had
– Eataly: Fun market and restaurants that make you feel like you’re in Italy
– Hotel Normandie (Koreatown): nice vibe, good drinks, a secret speakeasy
– Sidecar Donuts (Santa Monica): the best doughnuts I’ve ever had
– Big Boi Filipino (Sawtelle): reasonable price, good Filipino food
– My Two Cents (Mid-Wilshire): soul food
– Met Her At A Bar or Met Him At A Bar (Mid-Wilshire): the first is a great brunch place and the second is a great pasta place!
– Republique (Mid-Wilshire): great brunch place
– The Griffin (Atwater Village): a bar that reminds me of the Gryffindor common room
– Movie at The Vista or Alamo Drafthouse
– Hiking at Griffith
– Manhattan Beach
– Bar Jackalope (and the speakeasy Downtown)
– Concert at the Wiltern, The Greek Theatre, or Hollywood Bowl
– Improv show at UCB Franklin/Sunset
– Karaoke in Koreatown or Chinatown
– Rosie’s Dog Beach (if they have a dog or just love seeing dogs play!) 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?
First and foremost, my husband! He recognized my talent and encouraged me to pursue a business. When there were markets, he would be there helping me set up and tear down as well as throughout the day as much as he could. He brags about me to friends and family. He makes sure that I have time set aside to not only work on orders but just to create without an agenda. Secondly, friends and family have supported me either financially or by stopping by a market!