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

Hi Lana, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
There comes a point in your life when you can’t resist the urge to create. You try to reason with it and find all the possible excuses. It’s not easy to find your audience. It’s hard to make money. Am I even talented enough? But the calling inside your heart doesn’t get quieter, it shouts with desperation and force. You try to put it down with distractions, with getting a “real” job, with parties, or relationships, but you cannot quench the fire inside of you. It grows stronger, and without being let out it burns you from the inside. So you do what any insensible person does – you become an artist. You create. You create at the most inconvenient times – at four o’clock in the morning, on the plane, in class. When you finally answer your calling you feel the peace you’ve been missing all the years you’ve resisted. And then you just have to share your art with the world.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

As an artist I work mostly with acrylics, colored pencils, and digital media. I enjoy painting abstract pieces and whimsical landscapes.

I’d describe my art pieces as musical explosions of shapes and colors. I love getting lost in the zone of creating, when you can set aside the world and get captivated by the kaleidoscope of feelings, thoughts, and colors. It’s like putting down on canvas the emotions you feel listening to your favorite symphony.

I’m also a writer and enjoy writing comedy adventure screenplays. I have a dark comedy feature screenplay completed about zombie puppies, and I’m shopping it around. I’m also currently working as a game app writer.

I find it exciting that I can pursue both visual art and writing. It’s been liberating on so many levels. I get easily bored and if I pursue one thing exclusively, I feel winded and have to take a break and do something new. Having a few things to juggle at the same time is a great way to reignite my creativity and see things from different perspectives.

It’s never easy, but it’s rewarding in many different ways. When I had my art show, I brought pages from my coloring book and some pencils, and it was amazing to see people coloring them and getting excited to express their own creativity through it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

A must-go would be Griffith Observatory and hikes around it. The views from there are gorgeous, especially at sunset and at night. I think being there encapsulates the beauty and wonder of LA.

Another not-to-miss spot would be Romancing the Bean, a family owned cafe in Burbank. It’s cute and fancy all at the same time. Make sure to try their Raw Cacao Smoothie, it’s my favorite – the best combination of chocolate and bananas you’ll ever have.

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?

Dave Moutray, thank you for your support, inspiration, and friendship!

Typewriter Connection, for inviting me to their Winter Market as a vendor. https://www.typewriterconnection.com/

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LanaMril

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artsylana1/

Other: https://www.instagram.com/lanamril/

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