We had the good fortune of connecting with Emely Solis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emely, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I realized early on that the 9 to 5 / cubicle format was very stable, and gave me a regular paycheck, but did not fulfill me emotionally or creatively. When I started my business, I did it just to have an outlet for myself. It became clear, very quickly, that the more I made art that spoke to me, the more I sold. My business taught me that if I make art that directly reflects what I am passionate about, and what I find beautiful, the more my business grows.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started thinking about starting my own business about 12 years ago. However, it wasn’t until 2017 that I finally started making things and selling them. It wasn’t easy, I was in a dark place at the time. Laid off, ended a long relationship, health wasn’t the best. Just getting out of bed was a physical and emotional challenge. However, I got inspired after visiting the downtown LA ART Walk. I’m a very shy person, there was a lot of fear in putting myself out there. I’m always afraid of being rejected or people not liking my art. Since then, I’ve learned that there will always be someone out there who will appreciate your art. It’s definitely not for everyone of course, but that’s okay. I love that art is about whatever speaks o you and even people that don’t think of themselves as “goth” or “dark” will still find beauty and connect with my art. We all have a dark side, and I think my art reflects that. Ironically my dark art got me out of my dark place. In 2020 we are all facing new challenges. As an Art Vendor I’d been most successful going to art walks and events, setting up a booth, selling direct to my customer, face to face. Since the pandemic began, I’ve had to really dive into and focus on my online presence. I’ve learned to use social media to get my art out there. I have to keep posting, keep advertising. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it. The spooky community is bigger than ever. I can reach so many the spooky community online and show them that my art reflects my personal style and the real aesthetic of my life. They can see my products come from a genuine place. This matters a lot in these times because they don’t have the benefit of meeting you and seeing your art in person.
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 was born and raised in LA and one of my favorite things to do is to visit downtown LA at night. I love the buildings and lights. I recently took a friend from out of town and said the skyscrapers were spectacular. We forget and take it for granted but if you really take the time to explore our city, it’s spectacular. Of course, being a Cali girl, I love nature. SoCal has great beaches, beautiful sunsets and breathtaking views when taking in hiking trails. As for food, definitely Grand Central Market. It’s changed a lot in the last decade, but they’ve always had a good variety of great food from all over the world.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without a doubt from the beginning, my family and close friends have been my number one supporters. My mother Tonie has been front and center always, coming with me to vending events, and ready to help me with whatever I may need. My sisters Daysy and Ana Maria, and my friend Nancy have been my number one fans. Without these individual’s encouragement I may not have had the courage to put myself and my art out there. They give me love and support when I need it the most. As my business grows, I can’t forget to be constantly grateful for the loyal followers and fans of my art. It’s the most wonderful feeling when they thank me for creating these beautiful pieces of work. They send me messages and tell me they can’t wait to see what I come up with next. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for how much support I get from people that follow me. It’s all these interactions that push me, motivate me, and inspire me to keep creating.
Eric Soul – Photographer