We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Prescott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Sometimes you don’t always know the answer to this question. Sometimes you get discouraged when you don’t see the results you set out for yourself. And then all of a sudden, you get a sale, or a referral, or a thank you from someone that you helped. Someone let’s you know that your work meant something meaningful to them or a loved one. This happened to me recently. For instance, a young lady recently purchased one of my paintings titled “Champion” from my website. She mentioned that the painting spoke to her core. The woman figure in the painting is also wearing a boxing glove and she herself also takes up the sport of boxing. It was a reminder to herself to never give up despite the levels of adversity she’s been through. As she shared her story, this was a reminder for myself as well. One thing that I’ve learned with my art career is keep going no matter what. Whether or not to keep going merges right along with faith, and an attitude of gratefulness and optimism. You have to take a chance on yourself first, and with the consistency and steady efforts, results will happen. Do the work, and the benefits will start pouring in.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
“Art goes beyond the surface of the medium. It’s a language with many translations.” – Johnelle Rodriquez …. These are the words of a young lady that came across my add on Facebook and decided to take a look further at more artwork on my website. On her instagram page, Johnelle goes further into what drew her to receive this original piece “Champion” into her home. She mentioned her daily personal challenges to overcome. I speak the language of art through a sea of vivid colors. And the goal is to always inspire people in someway shape or form. I am happy at where I am on my art journey, however I have a lot more to accomplish with my work. I noticed, once I started painting more and being more consistent, offers started coming to me. I would say it is something that is easy and hard at the same time. You continue to do the work consistently and it starts to get a bit easier for you. But that is also the hard part at the same. At first, you will have to go through a lot of different trial and error events to find your rhythm, but once you find what works for you, stick to it and do it daily. It’ve also learned to give yourself a realistic deadline to finish projects. Yes you could knock out a painting in a week, but as we all know too well, especially the times that we are in right now, that life happens, things happen unexpectedly that you did not anticipate that could push out your deadline date. So instead of letting clients know, it will be done in a week, always double that time, say 2 weeks or 3 weeks for major projects. For smaller projects, if a week works for you, then leave it at that. And never take on a project that you are not familiar with, For example, if you do canvas work and someone ask you to paint a mural on their car, do not take that on if its not something you know how to tackle. Or if you focus on abstract pieces, and someone wants you to do a portrait of a family member, don’t force yourself into something you don’t like or not highly skilled at yet. Instead, say you don’t do it or you’re in the process of learning to do this and refer them to someone who can take on the project. They will respect that you did not waste their time in the long run and it take the pressure off you.
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.
It would depend on what they are interested in 1st. I would take them to fun restaurants, in Phoenix, Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and different museums, such as the Phoenix Art Museum, or the MIM, musical instrument museum. Some restaurants that I like are Pita Jungle, Coronado, the Green. I would look into a few fun virtual events as well, since we are virtual now, like a virtual paint and sip class.
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?
Shoutout to my family, my parents Thomas and Sarah Prescott, my sister Lea, my brother in law, Dorian Phillips, The person who referred me for the interview, Reginald Russell, Johnell Rodriguez, the young lady who brought the Champioin painting recently and shared her experience and her why behind purchasing the piece, and to all my supporters and admirers or my work, Carlita Smith, Rodney Hubbard, my cousins, Sandy and Simone, my aunt and uncle, Dolores and Vincent, my cousin Jessica….. the list could go on lol
Mosi Jelani, Sam Mort, Lea Prescott, Thomas and Sarah Prescott