We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica La and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I’ve learned many important lessons since starting my career. One of the most important, is to stay inspired and eager to create. Speaking for myself, it’s easy to get into a comfortable routine. Whether you’re a freelancer or full time staff, an artist who works in their own style or someone who has to adapt to a client’s style, we can all fall into the same pattern. And that could be great for a bit! But in order to grow, we need to actively seek out inspiration and push ourselves to keep creating. As artists, it’s important to keep our skillset sharp. The only way to do that is to continue creating for ourselves. Exercising our creative muscles will then benefit the work we do for clients.

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.
In a nutshell, my art is very fun, colorful, and whimsical! My work is ultimately inspired by my deep love for animals and nature. I love when my work brings positivity and joy to someone’s day! Currently, I work in the motion industry as a freelancer. In addition to motion graphics, I’m excited to branch out and hopefully illustrate children’s books one day. I believe that hard work and blind faith got me to where I am today. I worked extremely hard to build my portfolio. Next step was to release it to the world. Especially in the beginning of my career, I sent a lot of cold emails hoping for the best. I know that this step can be very daunting, but the worst that can happen is…you don’t hear back. And that’s no problem! For me, the key was to be confident. Confidence is powerful and will keep you going.

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?
There’s no denying that the food in LA is delicious. Starting with the most important meal of the day…breakfast! I’d take them to Blu Jame Cafe or Met Her At A Bar. Afterwards, pick up a coffee to go at Coffee Commissary and head to The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. This has quickly become my favorite spot in LA. Specifically, I love the gardens. The landscape changes every week with new blooms. It’s also a wonderful place to relax and recenter yourself or to walk and talk with company. Lastly, we’ll grab a drink at either Mama Shelter Rooftop Bar or Angel City Brewery.

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 shoutout my friend Cam Chan, an incredible illustrator. Cam has been there since the beginning of my career and keeps me inspired. She is someone who leads by example with her beautiful art, hard work and dedication.

Here are her links:

Website: jessicalilyla.com

Instagram: instagram.com/jessica.l.la

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jessicalilyla

Twitter: twitter.com/jessica_lily_la

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