We had the good fortune of connecting with Janice Chang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janice, how do you think about risk?
Risk is something that is necessary for growth. And taking risks has shown me how to grow from my mistakes and that being uncomfortable or unsure is ok. In my own life I’ve taken risks choosing to go down a creative path, knowing that regular pay and work is not always guaranteed. But having made that decision and knowing that it was the right one for me, it has allowed me to accept and face any difficulties along the way. Risk taking has always been something that I felt you needed a lot of confidence and courage to face, especially when I was starting out I didn’t think I had it in me. Looking back now, all decisions I made were basically me taking small risks without knowing the outcome. I’ve recently left a full-time position to go freelance and that was a huge personal feat for me because I knew I was leaving something comfortable and stable in pursuit of my own work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Much of my work takes on an honest representation of the sometimes humorous and bendy limbs of my characters as a way to engage in conversations around social and interpersonal issues. A lot of my work is used for editorial, advertising, and motion/animation. With a love for people, women, culture, and food, I try to capture a variety of personalities and quirks through the use of gestural details. I started my career working in the motion industry as a designer, freelancing during the nights and on weekends for editorial and advertising clients. Having recently left my full-time job in the midst of a pandemic, it was a big personal feat and leap for me. Since then I’ve been able to focus on growing my work and energy on working with brands and clients that are focused on social and ethical issues to help tell their story.
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?
This is tricky since for most of the year we’ve had to quarantine, so like everybody I’ve just been staying indoors. But if a friend visited me in LA, I’d take them out for picnics with good snacks and beer. A couple spots I like are Vista Hermosa, Echo Park Lake, and also picking up po’boys from The Little Jewel of New Orleans and going to the Los Angeles State Historic Park nearby. A food tour of all the good asian food in the San Gabriel Valley, biking along the LA River and beach would be on the list as well. Last but not least taking a weekend trip to Joshua Tree or Big Bear in the winter to see some snow. 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 mentors, teachers, past co-workers, friends, roommates and of course my family have constantly inspired and guided me throughout my whole career and life. I can’t thank them enough for their support, late night talks, and constant willingness to lend an ear. I also wouldn’t be where I am without my agents from Closer&Closer and Studio Pi.