We had the good fortune of connecting with Liesel Plambeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liesel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
At my first job out of college, I remember talking with the creative director who was a friend of mine. We were talking about taking risks. I was afraid of quitting my job and going freelance. He told me that over the course of his career, he’s become somewhat addicted to taking risks in life. He craves the thrill. That each time, these opportunities always lead to something more exciting in life. Where I felt scared, he felt excited. He romanticized the unknown and through experience, has enough confidence to know things will always work out. When I took the leap of faith to quit my day job and start my own business in 2017, it was one of the biggest risks I’d ever taken. I felt scared of failing and insecure about my decision. Now looking back, I’m so glad I followed my intuition even when I didn’t have all the answers. The older I get, the more I feel I can recognize when to let this kind of intuition guide you.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My background is in commercial art and throughout school and all my various jobs since, I learned everything I could from the different people around me, figuring out what I admired, envied, disliked and why. I think that experience of working for so many different offices and firms is a big part of what made me who I am. It’s challenging to do what clients and bosses want even if you disagree. But at the same time, having to stretch in all different directions and figure out how to make things work has informed my own art practice. I’ve always been interested in so many mediums. Painting, printmaking, sewing, graphic design, photography, illustration, fashion, typography, etc… It’s a strength and a weakness. I often envy people who found their one thing and stuck with it. But for better or worse, that’s not me. This versatility and interest in so many different mediums is what sets me apart, and my range of experience is part of my unique journey. Currently, I’m the most excited about starting a series of large scale paintings and working towards getting a show together. I’m also excited about screenprinting a series of works on paper.
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?
If we weren’t in a pandemic, definitely lots of eating and drinking which is probably my favorite thing about LA. You can find the best of every kind of food here. Some of my favorite eastside places are Hippo, Izakaya Osen, Din Tai Fung, Tierra Caliente, Eagle Rock Brewery, and Verdugo Bar. Lately, I’ve become obsessed with Fish King in Glendale, buying a couple pounds of sashimi steaks and cutting them up at home. Maybe going to the Atwater farmers market or the monthly flea markets. I love going to the downtown LA flower market on the weekends. I also really miss the days of going to Alamo drafthouse downtown to see a movie, drink beers, and eat comfort food. Pre-pandemic, always so many great shows, openings and parties happening every week. Maybe we would take a nice walk at sunset. One of my favorite places is this hillside by the Grace E. Simon lodge in Elysian park. You can hike the Elysian trail and let the dogs run around on the hill afterwards––at least when the rangers aren’t there to hand out tickets. Griffith park has so many great trails as well. I also love the Huntington Library. Last but not least, gotta go to the beach! I have some favorite semi-secret beaches in Malibu. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my wonderful friends, family and my partner Nate. Their support means the world, and I feel so lucky to have these people in my life. Every accomplishment and opportunity I’ve had has come from these relationships. It’s so rewarding to continue to grow professionally and have personal relationships with the people you work with. The key to having my own business has been maintaining the relationships I have with people and staying connected.