We had the good fortune of connecting with Catie Rippin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Catie, how has your pespective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first graduated college, I started working in production on films and TV. I was working 6-7 day weeks, 14 hours a day with little to no time off. At the time, I was young and willing to do what I needed to for my career. After 6 years of working like this, I realized that I couldn’t continue to live like this if I wanted a family some day. I also wasn’t creatively fulfilled. That’s when I made the decision to leave the production world and focus on building my calligraphy business. Now I have a one year old little girl and can’t imagine life any other way!
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.
When I first started my calligraphy company I was overwhelmed by self doubt. Thoughts that my work wasn’t good enough and comparing myself with others was really hard to overcome. Once I realized that I’m not trying to be like anyone else, and we’re all at different points in our journey, I was able to let go of some of that and be proud of the work I was creating. I like to remind myself when I’m nervous about starting a project, that I always find a way to create a great end product, even if I have to learn and grow throughout the process!
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?
I’ve lived in LA for 12 years and there are so many wonderful things to do in this city! The Hollywood Bowl is one of my favorite venues to see a live show, especially if you can pack your own picnic and wine! I also love the Getty for the art and the views. Hiking in Runyon Canyon is fun or up to the Hollywood sign. For food, I’m obsessed with the pasta at Bestia in Downtown LA, the cocktails at Hudson House in Redondo Beach, and for sweet treats at Milk Bar!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband was very supportive of me deciding to turn my hobby into a business. He knew how unhappy I was at my day job, and allowed me to take the risk and do something that was creatively so much more fulfilling! I was also lucky enough to take classes from the Modern Calligraphy Summit to learn the craft and have wonderful friends and family that supported me by placing orders and spreading the word about my work.
Mary Costa Photography (Hamilton), Stephanie Vegliante Photography (MH-16 & MH-56), Julie Shuford Photography (JSPhoto)