5 Questions with Lauren Quesada
We are very excited to be partnering with Prism Creative Group and their Support Local iniative that helps foster and promote local businesses throughout South Florida. To start things off, we had the pleasure of speaking with Lauren Quesada, a local illustrator. Lauren’s prints perfectly capture the vibrancy and color of Miami, and we are so happy to feature her insights on The Modern Local. You can check out all of Lauren’s prints at her Etsy shop and if you are local to Miami, she will be at the next Miami Flea on May 21st! .
When did you make the big decision to start your own business? What inspired you? What scared you?
I made the decision to start my own business in 2015. I came across the Instagram of my favorite artist and illustrator, Lisa Congdon. I noticed that she was holding a daily drawing challenge and decided to enter! After all, I’ve always loved to draw and I figured it would be a pretty fun activity to relax with at the end of the day. During this time, through social media, I realized that there were many people all over the world making a living by creating and doing what they love as artists, illustrators, and designers. I decided then and there that going forward, I was going to do everything in my power to make sure that art was at the center of my career. It just felt right.
For me, the scariest part of making art is sharing it on the internet! I always feel a bit vulnerable right before posting anything for people to see.
What has surprised you most about this process?
I was the most surprised by the wonderful, positive feedback I received from my loved ones and my community! I never thought that I would ever be able to do what I love and have such a great support system through it all. My family and friends have been there for me every step of the way. I also can't thank Prism Creative Group and The Arts and Entertainment District enough for giving all of us local artists in South Florida a place where we can collaborate and share our craft on a larger scale.
What do you wish you’d known before starting your business? Any advice for future small business entrepreneurs?
I'm still pretty new to the art and illustration business so I'm still learning so much every day. But my best advice to any new artists or entrepreneurs is to believe in your passion wholeheartedly. If you put all you've got into what you do, there's no doubt that the world will see the dedication through your work.
Where do you go in Miami when you’re looking for inspiration?
I’m very fortunate to be living in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the United States, so finding inspiration for my art is never difficult. I love taking long walks around my neighborhood, in Miami Beach, and admiring the architecture of the houses and small businesses scattered through the island. I also have a spot that I go to, sometimes in the afternoon, that overlooks Biscayne Bay. The sunsets seen from there are completely breathtaking.
What local group or business do you look up to?
There are so many! There’s The New Tropic, A+E District, Prism Creative Group, NIMA (a local modern-minimalist company that specializes in wooden-wares @nima_made), and Della Bowls at the Wynwood Yard with amazing “fast food” vegan/vegetarian bowls. I could continue this list forever!
Thank you for sharing Lauren!!
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