We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It’s funny how life is cyclical and everything always comes back around– even when you least expect it to.
I’ve always been good with my hands and had a vivid imagination. Creativity has always come very naturally for me. I read a lot of books as a child, I still do – as I love learning and I love diving into worlds. Strangely, one of my favorite things to do is stare at a white wall, because I find with blank space, the best ideas come out of my head.
I never knew I could pursue a creative career. It really does seem like a dream. I wake up every morning doing what I love and sometimes I pinch myself, because I get to make a living from my skills, experience, taste and ideas.
It’s been a long journey up until this point- with steep inclines, rolling pastures, and freefalls running downhill, but as I go further into my career, I realize that my pursuits and intention has remained the same since I started. The root of it all is that I’ve always want to wake people up and make the world brighter, better and more unified to be in. There is nothing more rewarding than achieving this as a daily goal, even on the smallest scale.
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.
Chloe Park Studio is the house I work as an Art Director, Designer and Strategist in the Fashion, Music and Entertainment Advertising Space.
Higher States is the company I started that encompasses my Podcast, Clothing Line, Ceramics & Home Goods.
I got to where I am today by listening to my intuition and stepping one foot in front of the other. It definitely has not been easy, but it continues to be so rewarding that in retrospect, the difficult moments have been worth it, because I’ve learned so much from those forks in the road. I’ve worked for everything I have today and although it may look effortless, none of it has ever fallen in my lap.
I believe that life is all about preparation and being ready to sprint when the whistle blows. 99.9% people are lazy. I have always been the one who is willing to put the extra work in. It’s important to keep practicing, keep pulling references, keep learning, have an open mind to all mediums, backgrounds and walks of life, stay up to date with technology and how the market is moving, keep expanding the knowledge of what I do. I believe this is what makes me stand out from the rest. The more information I know the the better. Picasso says, “Inspiration does exists, but it must find you working.”
What I always make sure to do is stay true to my vision and not be swayed by trends. Being genuine and authentic has always been my priority for who I am as a person and my brand. That might mean saying no to collaborations or clients who are not in alignment with what I represent. To stick with my own gut and have my values lead me in the direction towards forward momentum has served me in the highest. I’ve learned to enjoy every moment I have, shared or alone, because soon it will all be gone! “Why walk when you can dance through life?” says Yoko Ono. We’ve got to live in the now.
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.
If TT came to LA, I’d plan a road trip up the coast to Big Sur and stay a night or two at Esalen, so we can hike, be in nature, sit in the salt water jacuzzi that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and watch the sunset.
Wine country is not to far, so perhaps a day of wine tasting and charcuterie boards!
When we get back into the city, the restaurants I’d make sure to hit up would be Pampas Grill, Wi Jammin, Gracias Madre, Jon & Vinny’s, Sweet Butter Kitchen, Chiba Sushi, BCD Tofu House, and Nobu. For drinks: Apotheke and MiniBar.
I also love the menu at Shutters in Santa Monica, so perhaps while we’re staying at the vibey Proper Hotel, we could ride our bikes down the promenade and jump in the ocean to finish off the day.
The Broad, Hammer, and Shatto Chateau, for the museum and gallery vibe with coffee from CafeCito down the street and make your own Stir Fry Bowl with chicken and veggies from Organico.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have had beacons of light in my life that have shaped and molded me into who I am today.
When I was a kid, I was around my Grandmother & Aunties a lot. They were my first teachers. Grandma showed me how to use a sewing machine and how to properly hold a crochet hook. Auntie #1 taught me the fundamentals of ikebana and all about fabrics and flowers. Auntie #2 got me my first computer. Without my relationship with Brian & Connie, for their grounding ear and loving presence, I don’t think I would have made it this far.
Jack Flanagan, who started off as a boss and later turned into a close friend, it was under his tutelage that my eye was trained and my work ethic sharpened. He was the Le Corbusier to my Charlotte Perriand. He always encouraged me to do my own thing and not listen to any naysayers.
The books that have made major impressions on me and how I interact with the world are: The BFG by Roald Dahl, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck MD, Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna, Forest of Visions by Alex Polari de Alverga, Pimp by Iceberg Slim, Propaganda by Noam Chomsky, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Turtle Island by Gary Snyder and Grapefruit by Yoko Ono.
My inner circle of friends who are always the boost I need to stay inspired and on track, they know who they are. All the laughter, joy and shared moments of life. I am so grateful and blessed to have them by my side.
And for the island of Hawai’i, who constantly refines my understanding of pono, kuleana and aloha.
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