We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristy Velesko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristy, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Being authentic. I find my best work comes when I don’t think or care how the world will take or accept it, just creating for me. Not focusing on likes or what is “in” and not being afraid to sit on my weirdness.
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.
I am most proud of my creative work. While I love my client work (weddings, family sessions, ect) that income really helps fund my creative side. I love to explore fantasy and dream type atmospheres and bring them to light. It has not been easy, finding the courage to share something that you pour yourself into and knowing your art isn not for everyone. I have learned to trust my gut instinct and to create for me, and those that appreciate it will find me. Building a community around me that helps inspire me, and hopefully I inspire them as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many amazing places to visit in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. We would definitely hit up some of my favorite local restaurants (Phoenix Burrito House, Aki Hana Sushi, Tastea, Matts Big Breakfast). Check out the art at Roosevelt Row, and we cant miss Theater Works Curiouser and Curiouser show that is happening right now.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shout out goes to Melissa Zimmer at Iron Key Studios. She sees me for the artist I am , even when I may not see it on myself. She is a true pillar in our community and believes in raising others up with her. A lot of my accomplishments and connections I have gained this last year are with her help.
Photo By Kristy Velesko Photography