We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Hadley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I have passed along a very strong work ethic balanced with the idea that work will take up more of their waking lives than anything else so they should pursue work that they love. Pursuit doesn’t mean jobs will always be lovable. Sometimes paying dues in a job opens up your eyes to options you never dreamed were possible. My children have watched me volunteer my time to have a creative outlet when my day job has been exclusively for cash flow. This has always kept my creativity alive and well and because they are all highly creative I think this has helped them process their decision making. They have also observed the evolution of my work life balance which has gone from workaholic to my current state of curating my jobs carefully to allow time for my family.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is currently evolving. I spent the first 30 years of my career proving I was fast, accurate, and reliable on any creative task. I built natural history museum exhibits around the world, renovated homes, restaurants, bars, and businesses around the United States and Canada in record time and tight budgets for television network and commercial clients. Up until recently I have defined my artistic process as lightening fast. I am now in the position to slow down and enjoy it. I have sprinted for a very long time and it has gotten me ahead but along the way I know I missed some things. An anniversary here or there, a birthday party or graduation of my children. I was always jumping from project to project partially for the thrill and partially for fear of missing out on an opportunity. I have learned over time that time itself should be savored. Loss of loved ones, missing out on life events, and cobbling together a sense of family while traveling on the road with television shows all while my husband and children waited patiently for my return has taught me to slow way down and open my eyes to the world I have worked so hard to build with my husband. My brand is and will always be artist who can help with any creative problem.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Los Angeles I would make the Los Angeles County Museum of Art our first stop. It is one of my favorite museums in the world and I often don’t look up current shows just so I can be surprised when I get there. We would dine at the Nickel Diner on Main Street and then head to the Arts District to walk around and take in the neighborhood and stop by Hauser and Wirth to see what is on display. I love the Ace Hotel so we’d stay there at least one night and finish our time in LA checking out the Broad, the Denk Gallery, and a drive down Hollywood Boulevard of course. I would split the visit in half and spend the second part down in Orange County to show my friend what beach life is like. We would check out the Wedge and probably rent a Duffy boat to cruise around Newport harbor. For great fresh fish we would eat at Bear Flag and for the best salad ever we would eat at Ho Sum Bistro.
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?
My parents and my siblings championed me to be the highly creative person I am today. From the moment I could hold a crayon or a lump of Play-Doh they were there celebrating my drawings and sculptures. I was referred to as the “artist of the family” and eventually grew into that title. So they deserve honorable mention but I dedicate this shoutout to my husband and business partner, Jevon Hadley. He is also highly creative in his own right and my favorite writer. His dream is to write and surf everyday but for now he dedicates his time and energy into his company and mine which provide financial stability to our family.
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