We start the series with one of my best friends Bronte, all of these friends I have kept from high school till now and I am so happy I still have them in my life. I am listing Bronte as the artist because she is constantly creating or talking about creative ideas. We also fangirl together and what more do you want in a friend?
Bronte is ambitious, funny and a great friend to just grab coffee with. She also just got a great full time job that I know she will be absolutely great at! I know her, now you get to as well, enjoy.
Bronte | The Artist
How did you get into creating and art?
I must have been drawing on walls or creating some kind of chaos as a child. My parents took me on what can only be described as an “Art school pub crawl” throughout my childhood. I sought out every creative environment; pottery class, drama class, sewing class, writing class, and many art classes. My Oma (grandmother) would set up some paints and buy me a canvas and I would stay there painting for hours.
Why do you create?
Sometimes I create to test myself, for example this is a painting from 2003:
and this is the same painting in 2015
Sometimes I create because I have this perfect scene in my head and I want to bring it to life. Or because I want to try re-designing some DC characters as if they were on a roller derby team. Sometimes I create to give others a personal and unique gift. Most recent project of that nature was a little bin painted to look like R2D2 for my Star wars fan boyfriend. He is called “Trashy R2D2”
(the bin not the boyfriend)
Who inspires you?
I find myself inspired by a lot of “rags to riches” stories. Like Steve Jobs, who started in a garage and I have just finished reading “#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso” who started her fashion empire “Nasty Gal” on eBay selling items she got from thrift shops. JK Rowling went from being unemployed and living on state benefits to becoming a multi-millionaire in five years. How do you not get a little inspired by that? Also just following artists online, and seeing them eventually build enough of a fan base to open some online stores and launch their own comic book. Seeing people commit to something they are passionate about and be able to make a career out of it is what inspires me to peruse my passions. “[I want to be remembered as] as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.” – JK
What form of art do you like best?
I certainly enjoy digital portraits, less mess than a painted portrait.
You are a big believer in finding a career before family
For many women, getting married and starting a family is their life dream. I want to be someone who can pay her own bills and stays with her partner out of love and not financial necessity. For some a job is just a job, for other people have careers they are passionate about. They are also be passionate about their family, of course, so they’ll pursue both. I am definitely a believer in being financially stable before starting a family.
How do you stay focused on your career when people stereotype girls into thinking more about family?
I’ve also been told that a woman’s top priority, regardless of her passions, goals and education, should always be bearing children and taking care of her household. I take my education and career goals very seriously, but I am definitely not saying I want career success at the expense of these other things. I am hoping I can have it all.
How do you stay positive?
Knowing it’s alright not to have it all figured out right now. And there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with good food and supportive friends.
Any life lessons you have learnt so far?
I used to live by the quote “Treat others how you want to be treated” but you don’t always get treated as nicely as you treat others, and that’s life. So my new and improved outlook is “Do no harm, but take no shit” Never treat others poorly, life is too short and everyone is fighting their own battle, but learning not to put up with being treated poorly by others is another story entirely. Don’t undervalue yourself.
Do you have any influences or role models? Those who help you go about life?
Emma Watson would be the main one. Hermione was my role model growing up. She is a rare example of a fictional female respected and valued for her education and intelligence. Who, like me found herself being the one who found the mistakes on teachers worksheets. She was Admirably smart and a big influence on my scholastic attitude.
“Hermione’s not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that’s bad… I find it’s so much pressure to be beautiful. Hermione doesn’t care what she looks like.” – Emma Watson
(Stunningly good casting) Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Emma Watson has been killing it with her talent, style, poise, HeforShe campaign, I mean she is a god damn UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
What would you do now if you could not fail?
Oh, interesting question. If I could not fail… I would pitch an animated series with my OC’s (own characters), and invite Emma Watson and Taylor Swift out for lunch.
I loved reading Bronte’s responses to my questions. I think it is always great to get a different outlook on life and try and see things from other peoples perspectives.
I hope you all not only got to know a bit about Bronte but that it helped you in some way rethink how things can go about and how friends in your own life can help!
Look out the same time next month for the next installment!