We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Fabos Patton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Well I still worked a regular job when I was starting my business. I would come home and work on promoting and work on weekends and anytime I wasn’t working my regular job.
If you want to succeed, you do need to put in the hours.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional Art Model first. I have been modeling in the art world for over 30 years. In the beginning, it was looked down on like it was dirty or pornographic. My parents new what I did for a living but they asked me not to tell my grandma. Now most models are proud of what we do and they should be. We help create and inspire a lot of the world around us; Movies and TV, Animation, Comics, Video Games, Book covers and Magazine illustration, Advertisements and so much more.
I was always a workaholic. I was working 60+ hours a week, sometimes working 3 jobs a day in different parts of LA. I always put a lot of miles on the car.
I have also always been good at business and making money or starting things. I see so many things that could be turned into businesses. You see a need in the world, that is where you start. It also helps to love what you do.
I love my job and the joy it gives me when we create and then you see the finished work. There is an energy that is unlike anything else when you create.
That energy, that feeling, is also what you get when a group of people get together and draw. That is basically what Gallery Girls is at the core. You have an amazing model, the subject or inspiration that the artists are drawing, then you have everyone creating fun works of art from that. So you have this amazing time and you have something tangible after too… the artwork itself.
Starting off it wasn’t a money maker. Actually we used to do it for free. (Well we got free drinks.) It was more of a fun time and giving back to the artists and community. And then it grew. And grew.
When I finally turned it into a business, it was still challenging. I didn’t always make enough money to pay all the expenses. It took money and lots of time into building the company. I would come home from a long day modeling and I would work more on promoting the next event. I think that is what it takes to make it, putting in extra time, along with not giving up.
I have helped some others in wanting to do similar things. My main advice is budgeting, learning to do things with less money and being resourceful can help in the beginning of any company. I have seen too many fail because they want everything to be the best it can be instead of looking at what you can really afford. They spend too much. You can only do that so much before you are no more.
Doing something great with what little you have, that is how you build slowly but steady.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Drink and Draws are events held in bars where artists get together and do as the name entails. The Gallery Girls’ Drink and Draws include a live model in a fun theme or costume with music and props. This extra added element gives everyone a common goal. They draw, socialize, and share what we have done. These are great fun for anyone. Bring a group, a friend or come alone and meet other artists in this fun social event. As things come back to normal, we will start back up again.
The bars we love and work with are
* The Other Door Bar in North Hollywood
* Casey Irish Pub in Downtown LA
* San Fernando Brewing Company in San Fernando
More to come as Bars open up again.
Right now we have these drawing events on ZOOM. They are still fun and social but enjoy them from your own home. 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?
All the incredible Art Models in Southern California who really put their all into creating and inspiring the artists we work for.
1. Taken at our biggest events called THE DELIGHTS where we have models, musicians and dancers for the artists to draw. 2. Artist drawing on ZOOM from his home. 3. Artist Painting at a Live session at the KLINE FINE ART ACADEMY in Culver city. Live sessions resuming June 9th, every Wednesday, night 6:30 to 9:30pm. We call them PAINTING PIZZAZZ with a nude model in a 3 hour pose. We will be following all covid protocols. 4. DRINK AND DRAW with model Jennifer Fabos Patton 5. DRINKY DRAW with host Cesar Torres (www.drinkydraw.com) and Model Jennifer Fabos Patton in a Patriotic Pin-Up theme and some of the drawings that came from it. These were held at the San Fernando Brewing Company and should be starting up again soon. 6. Another fun Drink & Draw event with multiple models and live music. Models; Jennifer Fabos Patton, Marissa Gomez & Jonnathon Cripple 7. DRINK & DRAW at Casey’s Irish Pub in downtown LA with Models; Jennifer Fabos Patton and Rick Galiher 8. DRINK & DRAW at The Other Door Bar in North Hollywood Westworld Cowgirl theme with Model; Jennifer Fabos Patton and some of the fun drawings from it. These events should be starting up soon too with a safe all vaccinated guests. Taken at a DRINK AND DRAW at The Other Door Bar in North Hollywood with models Jennifer Fabos Patton and Gabby Grave