We had the good fortune of connecting with Tess Israelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tess, how do you think about risk?
Anything worth having requires some kind of risk. You can plan all you want, but at the end of the day, everything you’ve worked hard to accomplish might fall apart. So you might as well take a chance. For some people, choosing what’s easy or safe, over what’s uncertain is just too much of a risk. Creating the life you want is scary. It involves courage, innovation, motivation and risk. All of my major life choices have been risky. Choosing to move far away from everything I knew was a risk, choosing to follow my dreams was a risk, choosing to be honest and true to myself is a risk. But it’s the only way I know how to live authentically. When people say I must be brave, I tell them that I am not brave. In fact I get anxiety every time I travel, I feel uneasy every time I’m about to show my work and as an introvert, I sometimes find it very challenging to interact with people. But guess what? I do it anyways. I’m fearful, and I do things anyways. Because the risk is worth the reward. I’ve never been disappointed when I’ve walked through my fear and come out on the other side. It is what makes me successful. It has taken me on a million adventures! It is what makes life worth living.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been an artist all of my life, and began sculpting in 1994. My sculptures capture something innate, deep and intriguing. They are said to invoke feelings of peace, healing & tranquility in the viewer. The designs are not premeditated. I sit with the clay and allow it to become what it wants. I observe and I follow. The key to success in a career you enjoy, is the key to life in general, personal evolution & commitment to self improvement.
I’m constantly working on becoming a more enlightened, kind, caring and healthy human being. Nothing is stagnant everything is constantly changing. If you can adapt and move through that, you can do anything you put your mind to.
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?
Southern California has some amazing places to visit. So many cool things to check out within a short driving distance! My favorite places are usually very tranquil and involve nature. To name a few, the Self Realization fellowships in Malibu & Encinitas. The Wayfarers chapel in San Pedro, South Coast botanical garden in Palos Verdes and the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. I also absolutely loved the small towns like Idyllwild & Julian.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Just want to shout out to all the other risk takers out there, being authentic, pursuing & creating their dream life!
Linkedin: Tess Israelson
Facebook: Tess Is/ TessArtStudios