We had the good fortune of connecting with Yelena York and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yelena, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
My whole 6 years of career has been based on taking a Risk. I do believe, and this is only my opinion, that even tho we use the word “Risk” we are pretty sure in the action we know we are going to take. I risked my previous job where I was making good money, I risked “what if I become an embarrassment who never made it” but in between those facts and thoughts I did know that taking a Risk on dropping everything and starting to Create Art is what I am very good at, even though I have never done it on the side or as a hobby, I intuitively knew I can, and so I did. The emotion of me creating Art was so powerful that it killed all the doubts and future regrets I had in me, my Risk taking became more of an experiment on to learning about myself and how far I can go into the unknown, I do advise everyone to take risks, , in a more lighter and easier way, just do it, go for it, worst gonna happen, is you realizing it was not yours and you will continue your path knowing that You did try it, and You did learn more about yourself, and at the end You have grown from that experience. I think its a beautiful journey to go through.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am very excited about my new Tarot cards which are Fine art pieces all made from my imagination based on the history of each card. There will be 22 Major Arcana fine art medium size works and the rest of the deck will be made smaller to complete the full 78 cards. These cards have become my personalities, I take care of them , they take care of me, its strange to read what I’m saying, but its the truth. The path where I am today has been self torture and still is, just like any creator feels or felt in their life time. There is a difference on Making Art vs. Creating Art – when you are creating something based on your knowledge, you know you are facing your own self, and all the things you thought are hidden start coming out. So there has been lots of crying and loneliness, Loneliness not because people don’t understand you or don’t want you , No no no , Loneliness because you have to isolate yourself from all other energies and vibrations to have strength to face yourself. No distractions have been invited into my life for the past 3 years straight. I am happy to see my fans are people like me, they see the truth in me, they see that I give and show it all, because I don’t do anything for fame or money, I do it because it is me, there is no escaping it.
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?
Ride to Malibu through the mountains for sure. You never go wrong with Malibu. Haha to be honest I will just drop them at any Soho House, by the time they play pool, or swim in the pool and eat and drink , will be the time to go home 🙂 and Ill end up being the best host ever.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister did tell me in collage to take art related classes as Im talented and I did. I started with Graphic design and photography, but nothing related to actual fine art, not even painting class, it didn’t interest me. With all do Honesty, and everyone who knows me do know I am saying this with pure openness – There is no person or anything or anyone that played any part in my career, zero. Even as of today. It has been me alone and it is still me alone. This is what has been seeded in me as a person since I was born, and one day it realized I keep ignoring it and boom it came out on its own without even getting me ready. I took that seed and I watered it and grew it into a beautiful three. Not that I don’t need help or Im ignorant, its just I have too much knowledge about myself and where I stand , and where I will be in 5 and in 10 years. People constantly rush and hurry and have goals and all that is very uninteresting for me, and distracting. I do know how the entertainment/art world works, but till now I have not been mentally ready for it. I love my me time, I love the high end crowed that knows me and the rest of the world doesn’t lets say. If anyone comes alone that I click with on another dimension and take me to higher level of my career that will serve my highest purpose,.. trust me I will use his/ her name 24/7 with pride. So far no one tickled my interest.