We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Ah yes, the ever-elusive ‘balance’. This has shifted dramatically for me over the years as I tried to figure out the magic recipe for health and happiness. I think it will continue to evolve as I grow in both of my careers as well. When I first became serious about my art business and committed to it full time, I never stopped. Especially around the holidays when orders were flooding in. I was up all hours of the night finishing, packing, shipping art. It’s a constant trial and error as you figure out sustainable processes and pricing. After a few years, the constant fluctuation of income and inconsistency became too stressful to bear, and it was sucking the joy out of creating. I then focused on automating my business as much as possible in order to return to a ‘regular’ career and re-establish financial stability for myself. This ended up being my ‘magic recipe’. I have a daytime career that I love that provides me security and consistent income, and I can create in my spare time without worrying whether my art is going to pay my bills that month.
So balance for me I suppose is not so much work vs life but work vs joy – I want to be joyful in my work, whether that is my ‘regular’ job or my creative business. It took about 10 years, but I have finally come to a place where I’m succeeding at both!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art comes from a love of serene and epic nature without humans. It’s what I’ve been drawn to my whole life, and what I seek when traveling. I’m very excited about my latest body of work, the Sacred collection – a set of six 6-foot high paintings of Upper Antelope Canyon. My original desire was to feel as though I was walking into the canyons through these paintings, and they ended up exceeding even my own expectations and original vision.
Getting to this point professionally was definitely not easy. I spent years trying to go to art school and never being able to afford it or get the financing. I finally went another route for college and grad school, and accepted that I didn’t have to go to art school to be an artist. So while I don’t have the body of knowledge that an art graduate might, I’m also free of any rules or parameters that may have been imposed during that process. I also understand how to build and run a small/creative business, which isn’t something I would have gained in formal art training either. I’m very grateful that I took this path and now have dual satisfying careers that bring me great joy.
I think the biggest lesson for me is that your life can truly look any way you want it to. It is yours, no one else’s. Don’t allow someone else’s opinions, ideas or pre-established rules define or influence your ideal life. You create it all.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh my goodness, yes. My grandmother first and foremost, who immersed me in nature and creativity from the very beginning. Dave Studebaker and Christi Ellwood, my high school art teachers who demonstrated that joy, balance and positivity. My girlfriends, the amazing hype queens they are, never letting me think that I’m anything less than incredible.
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