We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire Skelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claire, why did you pursue a creative career?
I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. My goal is to create artwork that appeals to others but also to myself. We’re surrounded by art everywhere we look, and I want to be a creator of something that has the capability to make people happy.
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’m a transplant from Illinois and I moved out here with about $100 in my account..worked various jobs and thought about giving up, so thankful I didn’t. Almost a year went by and somehow managed to snag a job with Loungefly, I’m still mind blown…but my biggest challenge is giving myself credit for what I’ve accomplished. I have to remind myself how hard I worked to be in this position. Now I get to create accessories with some of my favorite licenses! Working with pop culture icons has been a blast, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else now. I’ve learned that good things really do take time, and not to be so hard on myself. People make mistakes, it’s ok to slow down.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the North Hollywood area, so my favorite weeknight spot to get a drink is Tiki No. They have the best painkillers in the area! And I also LOVE Player One arcade bar.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents! I was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged me to pursue my dream. They knew it wouldn’t involve a ton of money (it’s called starving artist for a reason), and involve alot of hard work and stressful hours. But I’m grateful for their guidance,, when I almost chose a different job path.. But I’d also like to thank those who pushed against me as well, who lit the fire under my butt, and told me art isn’t a career.