We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Sterling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, how do you think about risk?
I’m fairly impulsive and trust my gut. There’s something to be said about not overthinking things. Sometimes, great opportunities only happen when you’re out there, living and working, and not worrying about if you’re taking the right step. Sometimes it is just that little quick thought, something cool, a great idea, that’s just the spark you need to pay attention to.
I guess I’m a bit of a gambler by nature, because I’m a freelance artist! But by keeping up with your clients and prospective clients, letting people know about the cool things you’re doing, always doing an amazing job and staying up-beat, I think you make your own luck.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a craftsman who helps people who aren’t visual communicators express what they are passionate about. For me, getting to be a part of someone else’s world and learning from them, that’s something I always get a kick out of.
And it is also a challenge. Working as a freelance artist in one of the toughest, most saturated markets for the last 15 years, sometimes I feel like a war-battered, coffee-drinking, ninja Yoda who spends too much time on Instagram. But being good at something that you love and working hard at it, that’s part of living your best life, right?
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?
Oooh! Well, I love Langer’s Deli next to MacArthur Park, and then there’s the Apple Pan on the Westside. Our beaches are fantastic, especially the ones heading north up the coast. Downtown is always changing and an adventure. Love the LA Conservancy’s walking tours, and the big library downtown. Oh! And the Illiad Bookshop in the Valley.
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?
Judith Merians, my long-time business mentor.
Judith was my teacher at the Los Angeles Film School, and over the last many years, she’s truly shaped so much about how I approach life, work and professionalism. Thank you, Judith.