We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Jack and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I view risk as a necessity in my life. You can set up as many dominoes as you want and measure out the pathways, the distance, but there is always the chance they won’t fall the way you plan. I often approach risk with calculation and trust. If it doesn’t work, make an assessment, adapt, try again or change gears. I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t take risks. “Embarrassment is the cost of entry. If you aren’t willing to look like a foolish beginner, you’ll never become a graceful master.” (Sourabh)
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.
“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” (Pablo Picasso) One thing I appreciate about myself is work ethic, application and ability to adapt. I have a knack for taking large goals, breaking them down into manageable pieces and formulating calculated plans. This honestly is a skill I would flounder without and often sets me apart from my peers. Creativity, while often seen as a talent, is a skill and habit you can nurture, develop and cultivate. It’s not easy, you may not find others who believe in you. You may even encounter individuals who discourage you beyond measure. Check-in with yourself and be honest about what you want and what brings you happiness. Learn to love yourself. (I have read so many books on bettering my relationships with others and myself… They really do have an impact.) Connection is Key. Remember to refer others and support the people in your creative community. I know that I am not always the right fit for a project, but if I can help find someone who is, I end up helping the project, the idea and importantly everyone involved. You cannot expect others to invest in you and your ideas if you do not support them and theirs. If you find people who truly believe in you, keep them close. Lean on these individuals when you need to, they’ll help you weather storms. People create art and art is about people. It is meant for us to see and be seen. I treasure the relationships and experiences in my life. I am lucky when others choose to share moments and ideas with me. With my art I hope to give others representation and an avenue to have their ideas come to fruition. So whether I am working on my own creative project or another’s, I am helping someone see and be seen.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am still getting to know Houston’s entertainment scene, but I would take them to the Museum of Natural History followed by drinks and food at Prohibition Texas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jay O’Neal with Naturecraft.net Jay has been a consistent friend, mentor, and role model in my life. I work with him at Texas Renaissance Festival and Scarborough Faire sculpting beeswax candles. He has been a constant cheerleader and sounding board as I have developed as an artist and functioning adult. I appreciate his matter of fact and direct approach to life as well as his deep love and belief in the people he cares about. (Plus his candles, soaps and lotions are bomb AF!)
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