We had the good fortune of connecting with Hailey Losselyong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hailey, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I was in a toxic relationship with my work life balance starting the day I graduated high school. When I graduated, leave home and gained all of these new responsibilities, I quickly (maybe not so quickly) realized that for most of my life a “work-life balance” had been served to me on a platter. Parents, Teachers, Coaches, etc. the authority figures in my life provided guidance and structure on a day to day basis. But flash forward to that transition from high school to college and all of the sudden I’m paying for school so I’m even more responsible for getting myself to class, getting to work, making meals, studying, socializing?, staying healthy and ultimately being told I need to hurry up and figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. And I know I’m in a privileged place for these to be my biggest concerns but at 18 it feels like the end of the world at least 5 times a day and I was honestly doing a horrible job at balancing anything in my life. Flash forward again and life is perfect and I’ve completely mastered my work life balance. Sike, but here I am 4 and a half years later with a lot more experience and more tools to constantly improve the balance in my life. I’m now in a position where I’m more comfortable with the network of people around me and I can confidently ask for help and being vocal about my needs in a work place in general. A lot of my stress has been relieved and ultimately I’m creating more time for me to rest and plan projects comfortably. I’ve learned how work and rest are equally important to my mental health so I want to keep finding ways to maintain the balance.
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 started creating art when I went away to college but it took me a few years to land on my own style. Portraiture caught my attention pretty quickly and I soon started to create abstract portraits of the women around me. I love being able to paint people in my life because they get to see themselves as the art that they are. Transitioning into a full-time art career isn’t easy but I don’t think there are many jobs out there that are both easy and worth the time. I’m constantly growing and having to overcome new challenges but I’m learning that its important to find a community you can rely on for support but also knowledge. Ask questions, work under other people, learn new mediums and just try not to assume that you know it all. I’d like people to see my work and know that it represents strength and independence.
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’d like to dedicate this to all of the friends around me that have let me paint or draw them but specifically big shout outs to Vault Gallerie and Delilah Martinez for fostering a space for artists to grow.