We had the good fortune of connecting with Becky Seo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Becky, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was always drawn to art. For as far back as I could remember, whenever I had a pencil and paper, hours flew by without notice. Art supplies were my most treasured possessions. My childhood dream was to become an artist! But even as a kid, I noticed that art did not seem feasible as a career. (Don’t worry, obviously there’s a happy ending to this!). I think that as a child in a family of immigrants, my parents wanted the best for my success and comfort in the future. They graciously raised my brother and I without the awareness of the struggles we faced as new immigrants, but I still realized from early on that, from their perspective, art did not promise a stable lifelong career. So for most of my time in secondary school, art was just a hobby and an escape from the formulas and equations that boggled my mind. As the notion of college drew closer, I thought a lot about what I wanted to do with my life. I often played with the idea of pursuing a career that I knew my parents would love. I remember going to the hospital once when I high school, and the nurse asked me what I wanted to major in college. I heard the words “I want to be a doctor” slip out of my mouth, but in that moment I knew that I would despise a life of sticking needles in people and wanted nothing more than to create art. It was really one word of advice from an older and wiser friend that flipped a switch in my mind. I told her about my inner turmoil, and she told me, “If you really, truly want to do this with your life, you should go for it now. Why wait? You never know when the chance will arise again if you let it go.” Her words were like a wake-up call, and somehow it was the exact encouragement I needed. I decided then and there that I was going to do art. It took a lot of effort from there, but here I am now, pursuing my passion and childhood dream!

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.
I would say my work has a wide range, from very detailed drawings & paintings, to a recent favorite of a more simple style especially in comic form which is a bit new to me. I’m constantly experimenting with what art I can make, and it is actually a big part of my inspiration. I get a bit bored working in the same way with the same mediums, so my favorite tools and methods often change. I also find nature to be a big inspiration. I like to think that my pieces have a quiet impact, sort of like a sun setting behind hazy mountains. Although I’ve taken commission work in many different styles, I’m currently trying to discover a way to compose and compile my skills to work with editorial illustration, as well as children’s books. I believe that I will always be changing and growing as an artist, and I’m excited to see how I evolve from here!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s some pretty great spots in my hometown, South Pasadena. If it were Thursday, we would definitely take a walk around the farmers market, and look around the unique shops and small businesses on Mission St. For the local experience, we could take the train up to Old Pasadena and look around the myriad stores and grab a snack and some boba. If we’re feeling slightly more adventurous, we could go down towards LA and check out the cool miscellaneous item shops Little Tokyo, have a photoshoot in Chinatown, or get some delicious Korean Fried Chicken in Ktown. There’s also the Grand Central Market in downtown, which has a ton of delicious food from all different cultures, and nearby are some great art museums such as The Broad, MOMA, and LACMA. If we’re feeling more in touch with nature and beautiful views, I would take us to some of my favorite nearby hiking spots, like Eaton Canyon or the Millard Falls Trailhead. Or for a more chill time, we could pack a picnic and head to any of the multitude of fantastic beaches in California. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s so many people that helped me get here and I want to thank! First of all, my parents. Although it took a bit of convincing for them to be on board with a career in art, it didn’t take long for them to be my greatest supporters. I really don’t thank them enough for this, so thanks mom and dad! Also, shoutout to my brother for believing in me from day one. I also have really awesome and supportive friends, and I truly love them and am so thankful for their every little encouragement! Also, a big stepping stone in my art pursuit was Ryman Arts, which is a free program for high school students to study art. As someone who had no prior art education, I was really grateful for the free art supplies and teachings they provided! Thanks, everyone!

Website: beckyseo.com

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beckyseo

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