We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniella Batsheva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniella, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I view risk taking as an absolute necessity. As an artist, your goal should be to go above and beyond in creating something fresh and eye-catching. In order to do that, you need to be comfortable with taking risks. I don’t believe anyone is truly afraid of breaking the mold; it’s failure that scares people out of taking a risk. For me, I’ve always told myself, “If you have a plan B, you’ll fall back on it.” That sink or swim attitude might be torturous for some people, but it’s helped me achieve my goals. I work splendidly in chaos. If I’d have played it safe, I wouldn’t have pursued illustration, I wouldn’t have moved out to LA, and I wouldn’t have accomplished all that I have. Any career in the arts these days requires risk. The real question is, how comfortable are you with failing?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets my work apart is my approach. I generally take on dark and disturbing subject matter and view it through a naive lense. Whenever I approach a piece, I try to maintain an innocence about how I view my characters and environments. To many people, that naivete can be confusing. I’ve had people lump me in, stylistically, with Lisa Frank, which is…. wildly off to me. Where I got today? That was horrifically difficult, I’m not going to lie. I’ve had to face grifters, sexual predators, and learn to navigate those situations while remaining as professional as possible. You quickly learn that very few people, if any, would come to your defense, so you have to keep your head on straight and move forward. Don’t let anyone slow your roll. I continue to work hard and push myself to the limits in order to grow as a person and an artist. Keeping a level head is crucial. I don’t think I can put simply into words what I’ve learned over the course of my career. It would require a lot of rambling and pauses, and I’d get distracted before I could say anything valuable. Personally, I’ve stayed true to myself, my wants, and my needs throughout this journey. I have no regrets, looking back, and I’m very happy with my growth. I won’t put any ideas into anyone’s head about what my “story” is or what my work means. If you like my art, great! If you don’t, that’s okay, check out some of my friends! I like letting people come to their own conclusions.
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.
Oh, boy… I’m a bit of a hermit. Well, I’ll detail some of my favorite things I’ve done with my friends. Going to Zuma Beach at dawn and swimming/rockhounding for at least 8 hours. After that, heading over to Duke’s Malibu, ordering a bunch of food and drinks, and borderline slipping into a coma at the table. Beyond that, you’ll maybe *MAYBE* find me creeping around at Bar Sinister sometimes. I also hang out at Aroma Coffee & Tea because a nice cup of coffee with a friend is kind of the best thing in the world to me. Definitely check out the local horror film festivals and conventions because that’s where you can find some of the best company this city has to offer. Probably not the best person to ask for recommendations…
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?
I would like to thank all the people I’ve met along the way who’ve supported me. My career was very much a slow burn that started with meeting strangers in strange places. I can’t say that anyone has put me on a pedestal or “put me over” yet, without me bending over backward to prove my worth. I happily clawed my way here.