We had the good fortune of connecting with Michele Asselin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michele, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
My career has taught me that one must maintaining focus and integrity always. I have learned that success comes from commiting to defined goals and never compromising. As an independent person in a creative and competitive field, I have learned time and time again to work only for myself. I have learned this most important lesson through successes and failures both. It can be very easy to be distracted by the work of those around you, the need to make money, the thrill of being “of the moment”. While I do not believe shortcuts amount to much, other than a waste of time, there is one magic formula– intention, rigor, passion and persistence.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photo based artist with a background in editorial photography. Around 2010 I began to transition from one practice to the other. My roots in portraiture, working with clients for different outlets, inform much of what I do in my art practice both technically and in my approach to subjects. In my opinion nothing about a creative field is easy, nor should it be. It requires so much of the creator. It is brutal, exhausting and it is earned but it is infinitely worth it. My work considers who we are as people, what makes us individuals and what makes us a community. I aim to explore the pieces of our identity that come from within and those we layer on top as we evolve. I have always been interested in human nature.
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?
Moving West to East: I would start with the ocean, maybe up the coast near Trancas with a little sandwich to go from Johns Garden or maybe a early dinner at the old familiar Reel Inn. Next I would take my guest to hike either the Santa Monica mountains to get a sense of the geography and the coast line or up Baldwin Hill with its great view of the city from the south and then stop at Highly Likely or Mizlala for lunch. On the west side, The Getty and The Hammer are always worth a stop. Mid City we would visit the hollywood hills, I love a walk in Beachwood Canyon, stop at LACMA, because with me there is always a museum to wander around, and then taco trucks on Wilshire, noodles in Koreatown or maybe take out from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken or Pollo A LA Brasa. Downtown, The Arts District and further south has a ton to discover–MOCA and The Broad, Grand Central Market for food, or Baco Mercat and Bottega Louise for more upscale dinning. Chinatown and The Arts District for galleries and wandering. I would take a walk around 3rd street and a stop for ice cream at Salt &Straw with a look around Hauser and Wirth. The galleries at 1700 Santa Fe and around are fantastic. The list goes on– L&E Oyster bar in Silverlake, Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, a walk around Echo Park Lake or a pedal boat ride on it, a bicycle ride along the LA river between silverlake and atwater. Then there is east of Downton to explore– Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, Highland Park, South Pasadena- again with incredible food, art to see and walks to take. Los Angeles is not an obvious city to the visitor but when looking there is a ton to explore and enjoy.
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?
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