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Meet Asia Orlando - Female Artist Interview

This week's favourite Female Artist is Asia Orlando (@asiaorlando_), an amazingly talented freelance illustrator based in Amsterdam.

"Just start and be persistent. You don’t need to have everything perfectly prepared and sorted out at the very begging. And don’t worry, because you’ll learn everything you need to know on the way." Is her advice to the new female entrepreneurs.

Let's meet her.

Asia Orlando
Asia Orlando - Illustrator

- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do? I’m a freelance illustrator. Although I love sleeping (and I’m very good at it) I can be quite anxious and energetic, so I can’t really spend time without doing something or stay too long in one place. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I love travelling so much. I draw since I can remember but it was just recently that illustration became my everyday profession and I’m very excited about it. I started sharing my personal projects on Instagram @asiaorlando_ - When did your journey start? I was really small when my parents noticed I enjoyed drawing and since then they were sending me to art classes for kindergarten kids where we made collages, sculpted little clay animals or made tulips from tissue-paper. I remember enjoying all these activities but what I wanted to do most was drawing and painting. Art has always been with me along all these years in many different forms. I finished my studies at Academy of Fine Arts and since then I’ve focused my professional work on illustration. I can also say that my journey starts every time when I get down to work ready to start a new project!

- What’s the idea behind your work? I’d say the idea behind everything I do is to be authentic and just be myself. By that I mean that my work changes as I do. I go through stages and fascinations, every day gaining more experience and discovering something new. I let myself to explore all of it, try different things and observe, because a long time ago I learnt that this is the best way to learn and grow.

- Do you have a personal life motto?

That’s a difficult question! There are certainly some principles I live by and decide to stand by, but I guess those are more personal choices rather than life mottos. I’ve recently heard a phrase, which strongly resonated with me that says: “Failure is not the opposite of success; its’s a part of it”. It’s beautifully put and I find it really comforting and accurate. - What kind of music drives you?

It strongly depends on my mood. I thoroughly create my Spotify playlists full of wonderful songs by hundreds of various artists. I love discovering new bands! I especially like listening to contemporary guitar music with kind of vintage sound. There are some musicians that are my go-to base, like Devendra Banhart, Jungle, Jose Gonzalez or Khruangbin. - Do you have any favourite film and why? Any kind of question starting with a word “favourite” is scary! I have no favorite color, movie, song or food. There are so many beautiful films, gorgeous colors, delicious food and hypnotising songs, that choosing one is just not possible! - What’s your favourite piece that you’ve created? Usually my favorite piece is the most recent one, just because seeing the work I started finished gives me great satisfaction. You know how people often can’t look at their early work, because they see this big gap between where they were and where they are now? I like my earlier works because they are important chapters in the whole story of self-growth as an artist. In every work I create I leave a piece of me, some different ideas and emotions, which makes every piece very personal. - How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals? Inspiration seems to find me and comes along in unexpected moments. That’s why I always have my little notepad with me. When an inspiration strikes, I doodle a bunch of scruffy lines just to leave a mark of my idea and then go back to it when I can. In ugly moments called art blocks I turn to my favorite animal and plant themes. Every creative knows that these times when you’re out of ideas and feel insecure the best thing to do is to work on something you feel comfortable at! I don’t really have a strict routine or any constant rituals, but I’d say my work day is divided into parts by my dog assistant Lupe who reminds me to take her out for a walk. Without her reminders, I’d probably forget about surrounding world and flow of time. Oh, I always have a nice cup of coffee, tea or yerba mate with me and I never sit down to work hungry! - Who’s your favourite contemporary artist? There are so many amazing artists out there that it’s literally impossible to mention just one and the list is just so long! - How do you advertise yourself as an artist? Well, that’s a tough one. It’s hard to promote yourself nowadays and get your work noticed but I believe the main component to be successful as an artist is persistence. The use of social media is the key. Just as we speak, I’m preparing works and prints for my recently opened Etsy shop (asiaorlando.etsy.com). I really enjoy transforming my work into products you can use on a daily basis! Also, I’ll be attending a poster fair in December, which will be a great opportunity to meet other creators and amazing people. I’m focusing on Instagram at the moment, but I’ll be launching my YouTube channel soon. - How did social media help you to promote your art? Not so long ago I created my Instagram account and since then I’ve been using it as my portfolio. It motivates me to finish my personal projects and at the same time it’s easier for people to find my work and get in touch with me directly. What I love most about it is being able to connect with people from all over the world, to talk with them and get to know them. Their support and motivation is priceless. - Do you have any advice to give to the new female entrepreneurs? Just start and be persistent. You don’t need to have everything perfectly prepared and sorted out at the very begging. And don’t worry, because you’ll learn everything you need to know on the way. The most important thing is, and I can keep on repeating it, to take action and start! If it’s not perfect, that’s completely fine. There’s no such thing as perfection. Trust your instincts and set clear goals. It might take some time for many of us, it might be fast for a few. But it all starts by taking that first step. Discover more at https://www.asiaorlando.com/

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