We had the good fortune of connecting with Josie Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josie, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
“be happy, and content with what you have”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I had a friend – an accomplished NY times bestselling author who once told me to never self-edit. It’s something I’ve carried into many of my creative endeavors in varying ways. It’s a multi-layered lesson; a way to stay authentic to who you are and what you believe, the ideas you have, and be in the moment. It’s certainly not fool-proof but it keeps my compass pointed in the same direction always. I don’t change who I am because I’m at work, in a meeting, or hanging with the other parents. I just always try to be me in my art, in my business and in my relationships. You learn pretty fast (which I can promise you better than learning it slowly) where you need to be, if you belong, and how you can be of value.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is a city you’ll never get to know. I’ve never been anywhere that is in as much change as LA, it doesn’t hang onto much of the old for very long, which I find invigorating and exciting. I lived in London for almost a decade, and my own home there was nearly 200 years old. It was charming, and beautiful and suited the city so much. LA couldn’t be more different. My foodie friend: Here you have to chase down the taco trucks and keep tabs on where your favorite restaurant relocated to, and where the new hot spots are. My friend with kids: I live a short drive from Kenneth Hahn – it’s a sweet treasure trove of family fun. There are streams, ponds, playgrounds, fields, and panoramic views of downtown LA. My fashionista friend: I’d head straight to the Melrose Trading Post and spend hours poking through flea market vintage clothing stands. My parents: Have been a few times, and probably want to see the desert now, so we’d head straight out of town in the direction of Joshua Tee. My mid-west-based friend: We head to the beach, and we stay there until the fire-pits spark up.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to everyone who has a day-job and pursuing other creative or business goals outside of that.
All of the images belong to me.