We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacie Martinez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Taking risks is not something that comes naturally to me, and for most of my life it’s something I have avoided whenever possible. I like (and prefer!) stability and predictability vs. the uncertainty inherent in taking risks. However, there have been a few times in my life when I saw that the consequences of doing nothing were far more risky than doing something. Twice in my life now I have pivoted my career, both times leaving behind stable positions to pursue other interests and avenues. And I don’t regret it for a minute. I have learned that taking risks takes practice – it’s never comfortable for me, but it does get easier.
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.
I’m a surface pattern designer, illustrator and graphic designer. Just saying that out loud makes me proud because it wasn’t easy to get here! In July 2019 I left my position as director at an art gallery to open my own design studio, The Lucky Bandana. The name, for me, represents taking a left instead of a right turn and trusting that no matter what comes along, I will land on my feet!. My education and background experience is in Marketing and Graphic Design as well as Art History, all of which give me a unique perspective when designing and working with clients. It hasn’t been easy starting a business from scratch, learning new skills and polishing off the old ones, but I wouldn’t change it. I have learned to do one thing each day that moves me closer to my goals. I have learned the importance of perseverance, commitment, and belief in myself. Every day I wake up and remember that I am my own boss (!) and I’m slowly crafting the life I have always dreamed of but was too afraid to chase. I am filled with gratitude, and some of that is gratitude for the risks I had to take to get here.
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?
After a long hike in the Malibu hills I recommend smoothies at SunLife Organics. I’d give a day to each of the Getty Museums (how can you pick one?!) with picnic lunches overlooking the gorgeous views. Jazz in the park on Sunday afternoon, and street tacos in Venice. Coffee at Blue Bottle, wherever there is one, I would stop for it!
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?
Paulo Coelho deserves a lot of credit, thanks to his book The Alchemist. It’s a very simple story, but it unlocked the door to me taking the first big risk of my career. Every time I read it something in my life shifts, so I’m sure to be very intentional about when I read it!! Certainly my closest friends and family have played a big role with all of their encouragement and support. Christopher Grimes, my mentor. And lastly, if Karen Kleinfelder and Karen Moss both hadn’t taken a chance on me, I simply don’t know where I would be.