We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Rebecca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is something way out of my comfort zone, which is one reason I’ve pushed myself to lean into it. I’ve changed careers several times in my life–from teaching high school, filmmaking, fitness/wellness, marketing/advertising–and moved across the country three times. All of it was uncomfortable, but essential to my growth as a person and artist.
If you’re someone who is particularly sensitive to the voices and opinions of others, ask yourself this: how does it feel when you get feedback and advice (solicited or not): does it feel like it lands? Does it seem accurate? Does it identify with something you already know about yourself, even if that’s uncomfortable to acknowledge? In other words, listen to yourself. If you are questioning where you are and what you’re doing, and someone tells you to stay put in your career/ your relationship/your mindset, and it feels really icky, default to what YOU know is right in your heart. Other people may mean well, but they don’t know what’s right for you.
Surround yourself with positive, open-minded and supportive people who will encourage you even if you’re doing something they wouldn’t.
I’ve taken risks and have had real genuine struggles and challenges as a result, but I’d never go back and change my decision. It was worth it. You can recover from challenge; you can’t get back the chance you didn’t take.
Take the risk: you only live this life once.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My goal as an artist is to bridge the gap between fantasy, charicature and realism. It’s a way to connect to my past artist self, while honoring my evolution. The world we live in is so surreal and bizarre, that it can’t be represented in just one pure style. Truth is stranger than fiction, and art represents life almost better than life does. I believe that Art is for everbody. Art is democratic. It shouldn’t be a walled garden, but a swag bag filled with something for everyone.
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?
My fave places you’ve gotta check out while in LA:
Barnsdall Art Park (when it’s open again, that is), East Hollywood
MOCA and The Broad art museums (DTLA)
Canter’s Deli (Fairfax)
Fred62 Diner (Los Feliz)
Tiago Coffee (Hollywood)
Halloween Town (Halloween and Horror store in Burbank)
SoapPlant/WACKO/La Luz deJesus (store and gallery), Los Feliz
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?
I have to give a shoutout to my ride-or-die best friend for over 50 years, Beth Kattleman. She has been my rock and support for my whole life and has seen me through all the ups and downs, and has never failed to “be there” for all of it. She has also been a creative inspiration, as she is an incredibly gifted artist herself. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without her. Her art is not only beautiful and fascinating to look at, but each piece tells a story. I’d love if you would check her out on Instagram: @zbkat
all images taken/created by Laura Rebecca