We had the good fortune of connecting with Maya Sharpe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maya, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I would say feeding my curiosity is a habit that has manifested in different ways. The curiosity to explore the world kinetically has helped develop work ethic in my career. By exploration kinetically, I refer to keeping my body in motion. Played sports since I was little young one, ran marathons later as a young one. Every city I have lived in, a bicycle has always been the main way that I commute and cheaper access to off the public transit path. If you are stronger than what you have to do, then what you have to do doesn’t feel so heavy. I feed my curiosity to see what all I can be. I attempt to silence the “jack of all trades, master of none” talk and find peace with my particular light(s). That curiosity has fed my multi-passionate ideas and visions.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is seemingly simple in its composition. For me, that creates a pathway for a conversation with my creations. A conversation where I can learn and problem solve. A conversation that teaches me about myself. Sharing glimpses of life that feel familiar, a reminder of our inherent connection and similarity with each other. It has not been an easy road in the way I was in the right place at the right time. I worked hard and made myself available to opportunity. My intention is to stay open to the many forms a story can take. Staying open to visions that I did not generate as a possibility has been the key to collaboration for me. I learn something about my navigation inside of the medium and myself, every time I collaborate. Along this road, I would say an early lesson I have seen manifest itself is the power of professionalism coupled with creative flexibility. My biggest challenge has been keeping my heart focused on the fundamental truth of my artistry while stepping along the capitalist wheel of success and survival. I use meditation and exercise to keep my artistic will shining through my fundamental objection with how society is set up as a whole. I began to realize that creative problem solving not only applies to storytelling but also carving the path to those stories. How one gets the means to tell that story requires imaginative thinking outside of the prescribed societal obstacles. I believe in limitlessness of the human potential and want to be breathing life in its pursuit. My story began when I learned to love and embrace my attention to the details of existence.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA AGENDA– Cat nap. Dinner in Korea Town or Little Tokyo. Head up to the observatory for some stars. Skylight Books. Bike to Venice Beach. LACMA. Cat nap. Movie at Los Feliz Theatre. Tea at local third wave coffee shop. Party in the hills. Fire in the backyard. Hot Yoga. Backyard hammock swinging. Cat nap
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have been witness of the long saga of self v. self battles I have had throughout the years. They have listened to the woes and gave reminders of light when there was darkness. A shout out to the Sharpe Unit.
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