We had the good fortune of connecting with Jin Aiah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jin Aiah, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my own business purely for fun! I was never any good at numbers in school, I was definitely more of an artsy kid. It wasn’t until I started my career in Animation Production Management, where I learned tools and skills for data management, when I realized that I was a lot more capable of handling numbers and logistics than I thought! I started to really enjoy the creativity behind management and wanted to merge that with my passion for making art! So I invested in opening a small art business, where I get to be the boss, the manager, and the artist all at once. I quickly realized how amazing it is to have complete ownership of something that you are passionate about. I fell in love with building an audience and telling my story through my artwork, as well as the opportunity to grow my management skills to create a business and brand that truly speaks to who I am and what I want to share with the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m currently juggling a full time career and being an artist + small business owner. My love for animated films has led me to major in Animation, and I landed an internship after college at Dreamworks Animation to become an animator. However, instead of being an artist, I found the path to Production Management, where we strategize the filmmaking process through managing artists, the schedule, and the day-to-day logistics. I learned that I didn’t want to be an artist as a full-time career for a studio and that my passion for art stays alive when I’m able to create whatever I want, whenever I want.
I went to school to be an animator, but while I was building my career in Production Management, I fell in love with illustration. I wanted to illustrate and paint for children’s books, as well as become a visual development artist for animated films and television. Being an artist for a studio requires requires a ton of skill and knowledge rooted in realism. I was using all of my free time outside of work to learn the technical skills, and tying to juggle that with 45 hour work weeks, it quickly became overwhelming. My whole life felt like all work and no play. I was craving time to be creative and expressive. That’s when I came across a painting by Joy Kinna, who is a contemporary abstract painter. There was something about her work that was so calming, yet full of energy and inspiration. It was fulfilling that part inside of me that was craving to be completely expressive. It spoke to me so much that I really wanted to give it a shot. I picked up an online course that Joy taught, along with canvas and paint and gave it a try. I completely fell in love, and there was no turning back.
Since my full-time career was rooted in logistics and strategy, it was so fulfilling to find a craft that was completely driven by emotion and intuition. It was the creative balance that I needed and I was finally happy being an artist again. Not to mention, that this craft fit perfectly into my love for interior decoration. Although my paintings aren’t representative, doesn’t mean that they don’t tell a story. In fact, I’ve created a brand that was centered in story telling through abstract art. These stories are about my emotions, thoughts, struggles, and celebrations. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to create and share these works of art and stories with the world!
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 are ton’s of awesome things to do while living in Los Angeles! As a foodie, there are so many restaurants, bars, and of course – food trucks that I would take a family member or friend. There’s no shortage in Downtown or the Hollywood areas, but also I can’t get enough of Korean BBQ spots an boba at K-Town, or ramen/sushi/shabu-shabu in Little Tokyo! We don’t need to be in the heart of LA to have a good time, either – I live in the Glendale/Burbank area and there’s no shortage of places to spend the day! But it wouldn’t be a trip to LA without hitting the beaches, of course. And if we’re looking for a mini road trip, San Francisco and Las Vegas isn’t too far to spend an exciting weekend of adventure!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wanted to give a huge thanks to all of my family, friends & loved ones (you know who you are!) for always being 110% supportive of my dreams and goals. I love you all so much, I wouldn’t have half of the motivation without your love and support. Huge thanks to Joy Kinna, for being my muse and my art teacher, as well as The Studio Source for being amazing art business mentors.
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