We had the good fortune of connecting with Damon Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Damon, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to start my own business to gain more control over my life, schedule, and creativity while still being able to do what I love. I started my own business in an effort to combine two of my goals, creative freedom, and sharing my passion for art with others. Originally, I wanted to become a full-time artist. Not knowing exactly where to begin, I eventually embarked on a career in the field of graphic design and illustration. I have had a successful career working for a variety of companies which has allowed me to engage in all types of artistic practices. As time went on, I found myself wanting to get back to my original love for art. I wanted to share my creativity and artistic ideas with the world. This led me to starting my own creative business and art studio. I love that I’m able to control all facets of business from my own personal working environment while also working on my own creative projects for my own clients.
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 enjoy blending various art movements and styles to visually tell a story. Some of my proudest moments are having opportunities to have my artwork featured on buildings as well as in the public space and the opportunity to have my art featured on various products. I have been drawing art my entire life and I have had a lengthy career in commercial art. It hasn’t been an easy path, but my dedication to doing what I love has helped me overcome the challenges and pushed me forward. I have learned that it takes a tremendous amount of grit, resilience, and dedication to get to the point of starting a business. My constant love for the craft has inspired me to continue learning through various platforms and fellow creatives. I am an artist who, from an early age, knew I loved art. I drew inspiration from comic books as I spent countless hours exploring different images and heroic storylines which opened my eyes to artistic creation. As my imagination grew, I began to study various art movements, illustration styles, and urban art. This, in turn, taught to me how things like color, shape, story, and texture can manifest into something so vivid for people to feel and see. I was then able to blend my love for classical art and illustration.
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?
You can’t visit California without enjoying the variety of beaches and neighborhoods. Visiting Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Malibu are just a few of the must-see destinations. I would venture to Manhattan Beach first, stroll down the pier towards Hermosa Beach while enjoying the shops and activities, then spend a day at Venice Beach soaking up sun, shopping, eating, and vibing with the people. Next, I would catch a bite to eat and a beverage at The Butcher’s Daughter. Visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melrose, and The Sunset Strip are additional activities that would be on the itinerary.
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?
My personal upbringing inspired me to start my own business. My grandmother was a self-employed accountant for many years. My mom owned her own business when I was young and my father is a photographer. The entrepreneurial sprint was instilled in me and served as a blueprint to starting my own business. Yet something was holding me back from making that leap. I had lots of encouragement from friends and family, read a lot of books like: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhard Tolle, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F_ck by Mark Manson, and The Power of Habit to The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. These books provided encouragement and showed me how to get out of my own way so I could eventually start my own business. I would like to give a well-deserved shoutout to everyone that inspired me over the years, listened to my goals, and encouraged me to chase them down. You are more than appreciated.
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