We had the good fortune of connecting with Maureen Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maureen, what do you attribute your success to?
I would have to say that the most important factor behind my success as an artist is my consistency. Out of college I for sure did not have a portfolio good enough to get me into a studio, so I spent the next two years just beating at my craft, pumping out new personal storyboards every month or two. Last year I made it a point to draw every day and pump out personal comics or illustrations for my artist instagram. It takes 40 days to change a behavior or instill a new habit and I lived by that last year where for the first 40 days of the year I drew a personal comic every day. Were they all good, absolutely not, did I get better absolutely yes! Consistency is key to growth and progression, and its doing something everyday that makes you better at something. Those daily rituals that happen every day without fail. I drew more last year than I did I think in most of my years in college, now that may be a bit of an exaggeration but is sure felt like it anyways all because I was being far more consciously consistent about it.
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.
Getting to where I am was not easy, fighting family expectations and desires, self doubt and the what if everything goes wrong questions that would run around my mind as I pursued my artistic aspirations. I think that everyones worst enemy is themselves though. The self doubt that clouds the mind and gets in the way of all that we want can be crippling. And during a particular bad bout of self doubt about a year and a half ago I had to sit with myself and ask myself a hard question and here it is: If I knew for a fact that I would never make it as a Storyboard Artist. Knew for a fact that I would never touch a show and have my name in credits, would I still do it? Would I still create what I create? That was both a terrifying and liberating question because it questioned my why and stripped it down to its truth. Why do you want to do this? for what? for whom? Would you still do it if you never NEVER make it? Would you? I sat with that question for about two and a half weeks just asking myself, would you? Would you? Every day. And honestly asking myself that question had made all the difference, realigning myself and putting me back on the path with far more certainty and confidence in myself and my abilities. Yes. Yes I would still do this even if I never make it. Because I love it and its fun.
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?
Hmm, well my best friend is from So Cal like me so we are both pretty versed in the area as far as entertainment and food and such. But I suppose we would hit up all the museums, my favorite is the Norton Simone because it has a large collection of the Rococo style paintings which are my absolute favorite kinds of paintings. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I really love the Mined app created by Mark Groves. Its like an app for your mind and soul. Like you go to the gym to get your body strong, you would listen to the speakers on the Mined app to get your mind and soul strong.