We had the good fortune of connecting with Portia Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Portia, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by music. When I’m driving or going for a walk, a particular song may come on, and sometimes my mind wanders off to a time and place that helps me creatively. Music wakes me up, helps get the day started, and brings something out of you that you didn’t think would end up on a canvas.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I add new work to social media, a new client reaches out. It becomes a domino effect, when the work is shared. I’m extremely thankful for the “word of mouth”. My mind goes a million miles a minute, my hands are in some of everything, so my schedule is pretty full.
From working full-time at Fedex Kinkos a few years ago, attending school, and taking a step into freelance graphic design and photography, it was all a challenge. Although it was very hard balancing everything, I was blessed to meet great people who taught me so much along the way. There were so many times I wanted to give up but I knew how important it was to remain consistent. Starting over was my motivation to keep going.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way would be, do what makes you happy, look for the silver lining in every situation, and stick to your guns.
I believe me being an introvert sets me apart from others. I’m such a mystery, I never let others know what my next move is. Building anticipation, developing an element of surprise, creates conversation.
I want the world to know my story through my work. The world can see my environment, the people in it, and the love I have for my craft.
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?
LAKE SHORE DRIVE! No matter the season, driving on Lake Shore Drive is the go-to place. For me it brings peace. The scenery is breathtaking! The water is where you want to be. Being from Chicago, it’s kind of hard to pinpoint all of the nice places here. For food, I would say the pizza, polishes, and italian beefs are to die for. Home Run Inn, Maxwell Polish, and Portillo’s! We have great museums, landmarks, and other hot spots to check out as well. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to send a special Shoutout to my mom. There was one particular time she asked what I wanted to do with my life, as far as a career was concerned. At the time, art was looked upon as a waste of time, it wasn’t going to pay the bills. I didn’t know what area of art was going to be a good fit for me, I just knew I wanted to be creative and make my own rules. My mom didn’t put up a fight, she asked if I was sure, and has been my #1 cheerleader ever since. I appreciate her for always taking the time to explore my world, holding on to all of my art projects (lol), asking questions, and investing. I’m forever grateful for her support.