We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaelyn Rene and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaelyn Rene, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Ah, risks, let’s talk about this! When taking risks you truly lose just about everything you think you need to survive and for a little that may be so. How ever, risks showed me that I can live without the comfort. Risks overstep limitations while letting fear experience just how powerful it could be with or without it. If it wasn’t for the risks that I took to get where I am in my career, who knows what my life would’ve turned out to be but ill tell you one thing forsure is that id most likely be miserable. As time goes you start to realize the time that is put within your work as opposed to the work itself. I remember the day I met one of my first high paying clients – I was working at an art shop when I came across him, we talked a little bit about what he wanted which then led into what I do as an artist. He became extremely interested in my work and asked for a custom made piece. During that time I was feeling really stuck in my art career, i felt as if the world went on without me , I second guessed the risks I took to get there, but I remember looking him firmly in the eyes and naturally stating my price which was even high for me to say, he calmly nodded and said to me “lets get to work then” In that moment I knew that risking my real estate job was worth it, it might’ve taken 2-3 years after the fact but as empty and depressed as I felt over those years I continued to paint and eventually people started to find me. I wanted to find my purpose and my worth because at the time I couldn’t find that within myself, it was hurting me for a long time cause no matter how much I created I was still not satisfied. All the money I had ever saved up suddenly disappeared and I had just enough to have a roof over my head. I remember meeting Nancy Cartwright at the art shop as well, for those who don’t know- she is the voice of Bart Simpson from the Simpsons and many other characters, lovely women. We talked a lot about the artist world and what she does and everything that I do, I remember her saying “Honey a piece like that can easily go for 40k – 60k, you just need to believe in yourself more” I really had to reflect on everything that I sacrificed and realized that meeting people like them in the process was something to gain. The message was always right there in front of me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe one of my proudest moments was when I quit my high paying job to start from what you would consider “the bottom”. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and that I was going to have to sacrifice not only my living situation but most of my time. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have spent on art supplies to only see everything collect to dust for a few years after. I started to doubt my work after awhile – ive become depressed, it started to show in my work but nevertheless I never stopped painting. Meanwhile, I had a side job at an art store to at least put food on the table, it was a tough time. if it wasn’t for working at the art shop I wouldn’t have met such amazing artist, successful artist. I took a lot of their advice and I even got a mentor from working there. I knew I had to be worth it in someones eyes. If it wasn’t for my mentor I dont think I would have such bold mind set on my purpose. She truly showed me the way, I became more confident after awhile – and it was only then I started to attract clients. Thats all it really takes, to be confident in our creation and message. Eventually the right people will find you – just be patient. Everyones time will come. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
HUGE SHOUTOUT to my handful of creative friends, Dre Tamashi , Kim Rose , Ryan Tempfer, Kimberly Tran, Jordain Johnson, Ky Chong, Chryssie, Sedrick, Ky-leigh , Kyla , Jayen x District , Gaibe, Bryan Bueno , Daryllynn and most importantly MY MOMMA. Thank you guys for constantly creating yourselves and for radiating love and support all around no matter how hard things get. BIG BIG LOVE.