I loved talking to Summer Pierre so much that, when the conversation was over, I started the recording and listened all over again.
As an artist and writer, she made me swoon when I read The Artist in the Office back in ’10…and then promptly recommended it to everyone I know (and still do!). Since then, she released Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick-Ass Life & has appeared in The Huffington Post, Hobart, Booth, Slice Magazine & then some.
Usually this is where I give you the lowdown on everything we spoke about and the highlights of what she shared, but she gave out so many nuggets of genius I have to just lay them all out here:
“Every day that I’m an artist & illustrator, I touch the kid that wanted to do what I’m doing.” (Click to tweet this gem!)
“What’s one small thing that I can turn towards to help me start assembling my dreams?(…) It’s the things you assemble that makes it happen.”
“You can’t underestimate that even one other person can make things more real. When you have someone else, you’re a Conspiracy Group.”
“There’s such freedom in committing.” (Click to tweet this gem!)
“Your day job getting in the way of you living your dream is a misconception. It’s actually helping you (with your dream) in many ways.”
“I started calling my job My Benefactor because in many ways it allowed me to do highly creative, non-marketable work.”
“I feel strongly about your life as a whole picture – not just your day job and then after your day job.” (Click to tweet this gem!)
“What feeds that abundant side of you? What makes you really happy and comfortable? It isn’t only the money.”
“Finding your ideal day job comes from asking, “What am I trying to support?” (Click to tweet this gem!)
“Snail mail is still the most powerful tool out there. Never underestimate the power of a postcard.” (Click to tweet this gem!)
“We talk about having an artistic life, but that’s the wrong angle. What we’re actually asking to do is to be a part of the arts, which is different than being an artist.”
“As a practice, the process of putting something together physically is way more profound (than making it digital).The minute you see it in your hands, it’s real.”
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This marks the end of Grown Up Gigs 2013 – can ya believe it? I started these interviews in January, and you can watch/listen to ’em all right here. I’m putting the final touches on what Grown Up Gigs will look like in 2014, so sign up on that same page if you wanna be the first to know what’s in store. Think more bite-size info, multiple ways to listen/watch, and a better way to find the interviews that’re most applicable for you.
(holding up a mug/mason jar of pens, which you’ll know what it means if you made it to the end of the interview)
Cheers to Grown Up Gigs!