10 Questions with Lauren Hom
Ladies and Gents, it is my absolute privilege and freakin' jump-up-and-down-kinda joy to share with you Lauren Hom's answers to the 10 Questions I've been asking letterers and calligraphers I admire. If you've read the series, her name will sound familiar, because she consistently features in the "Who are your favorite artists" section. ;-)
Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, I'm asking letterers and calligraphers I admire to share their thoughts on success, frustration, personal experiences, and more.
What's your name and where can we find you?
What's your lettering / calligraphy background?
Lettering started as a hobby in college and then blossomed into a full-blown career thanks to a few passion projects I created that got my work out there. I took one typography class in art school that sparked my interest, but the rest of my lettering skills are self-taught with years of practice.
When was the last time you surprised yourself?
Probably when I started teaching. Never in a million years did I think I'd enjoy teaching lettering and creative marketing as much as I do (but also I never thought so many people would want to learn from me!). I get such a deep sense of satisfaction from creating work, but I surprisingly get the exact same feeling from helping others do the same.
What is your greatest frustration in the creative process?
My greatest frustration is probably having way too many ideas and not enough time to bring them all to life, which is why I have to be smart and selective with the projects I *do* choose to dedicate time to.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being capable of inspiring and motivating other artists to pursue their passions.
Who are your favorite artists?
What is your motto?
Work hard, snack often.
If you weren't a letterer/calligrapher, what would you be and why?
A creative director at an advertising agency because that's what I studied in school and started my career with. Or if I had never gone to art school in the first place, I'd probably be the Cool Mom from Mean Girls.
What's your ONE piece of advice to people starting out?
Share your work, even if you don't think it's that great. Perfect doesn't exist, and even your favorite work now you'll end up hating in a year, so just share it. You never know who'll see it and want to hire you. Even better, share your work in the form of a passion project (a curated series of images created under one conceptual theme). The internet is a big place, so if you want to be successful, you have to put yourself out there over and over again.
I'm a proud alumna of Lauren's Passion to Paid course, where over 10 weeks she teaches how to come up with a unique idea for a passion project, develop it, and get it out in the world. My first foray was weightlosswisdoms, and I've applied her framework to #justpickupapen as well (and you're here reading it!)
She's just opened enrollment for the next cohort, so if you're ready for some support to take your creative journey to the next level, sign up here (yup, that's an affiliate link. I don't share stuff I don't believe in. Enrollment is open from March 23rd to March 30th, 2018.)