We had the good fortune of connecting with James Faulkner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi James, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My balance with regard to my work and creative life comes into play with being focused on my health and wellbeing. Though it is some years ago now I set this as a priority when I first became a parent and needed to focus on my family life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My creative life has sort of weaved its way through and around my other work life. I have been involved with art my entire life. I have spent and enormous amount time in the trenches creating for the entertainment industry, which had many challenges,
some rewarding some not so much.
I have come to a point where I have decided where I want to be. Now working independently and being able to assert my own creative paths. The Pandemic has changed the face of the working world for many of us who were in it for a long stretch and some of us did not and will not return.
I find complete peace and happiness creating for myself under no deadline or restraints. I am reaching back to my childhoods creative roots of freedom and expression and I like what develops.
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.
Southern California has such diversity, so many different places and things to do. I’ll stick to Nature, Art and some good food. A visit to the Huntington Gardens for some great art and beauty in the gardens. A trek in the Arroyo or a hike into the San Gabriels. Depending on your appetite that particular day it could be either Japanese food at Ai in South Pasadena or Thai
Food at Saladang in Pasadena.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife Michelle who continues to be my rock and my late father John who was himself was an accomplished artist. Last but not least my daughter Fiona whose creative desires continue to inspire me.
Michelle Coe Photo