Hello there and happy Friday! First and foremost, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog. Recently I’ve been getting more traffic on the “wordier” posts which lead me to this new series. “Artist Spotlight” is a new series of written and visual content showcasing a small/local artist that inspires me in some way. I decided to do this since I personally love all things artistic, and also for those readers who could care less about what I’m wearing…. again. Starting off this series is a fellow friend of mine and graphic designer who inspires me, Cassandra Jolie. I have known her for a few years now. But no matter what season she is in, she is pursuing her dreams to the fullest and doesn’t hold back one bit. Find out for yourself why I admire her. Hopefully she will inspire you too!
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: Cassandra Jolie Alberdeston-Knoblauch, I am as unique as my name and as complex as the pronunciation of both my last names combined. I recently moved to New York on my 21st birthday, (I know way to make an exit). My earliest memory that could really define who I am now is what I used to draw when I was little. I used to always draw mermaids and one time my grandma entered me into a Disney contest for the Little Mermaid movie part 2, I ended up winning and getting two free Disney movies. Ever since then I was always around water color and pastel sets. I knew that I loved art so I took a drawing class and boy did that change everything. I realized I could create art for the rest of my life but I didn’t want to be a broke artist so… I discovered Graphic design. It started out with free apps and cool fonts on photos and little doodles on my notebooks. I have now graduated an Internship and I currently work at a middle school in Manhattan teaching art and theatre classes. I am in the process of getting a Graphic design position.
Q: If you could give advice to an artist striving to get out there, what would you say?
A: What I would tell someone who is striving to get out there is consistency and not being afraid to fail. There have been so many times where I am on and off with my art whether it be drawing for a couple months then stopping and focusing on photography the next month. At times that’s fine, but if you’re trying to excel in one area focus on that one area consistently. Many times artist are driven by emotion, break ups, anger, sadness, you name it artists are usually melancholy. The problem with that is you are dependent on emotion rather than practicing your craft daily and consistently. One thing I have also learned is you will fail, you will miss due dates, you will make a graduation invite and spell graduation wrong, and that’s okay. It has taken me almost till now to be okay with that.
Q: What are some of your future dreams?
A: Some of my future dreams include purchasing a building/old recreation center and offer free classes for kids. The classes would cover everything from photography, adobe suit skills, acting, singing, drawing, etc.… I enjoy teaching students how to channel their gift. I also would love to host conferences called “Pursue” all over the world to empower women and young women of who they are in Christ. And lastly, I would love to create my own journal filled with little quotes, quirky designs, and photos that I designed and possibly sell it at Urban Outfitters.
Q: You’re a new addition to a box of crayons. What color would you be and why?
A: Oh man, if I am a new addition to a crayon box I would be “Burnt Salmon.” It’s part of the whole Orange-Rusty feel I have been on lately. I love the color because it’s a little subtle then BOOM got that kick, Ya know?
Q: What are some of your current obsessions?
A: I am obsessing over the new album by Johnnyswim: Georgica Pond. The song I have on repeat is “Touching Heaven.” I am loving Rusty-Orange cardigans and Rusty-Orange bomber jackets. Lastly, I’ve been on my Trader Joes kick again, I love all the seasonal items they have for fall right now.
Well that concludes the first Artist Spotlight post! If you like these and want to see someone you inspire, comment down below or tag me in them on Instagram. I can't wait to share stories of more amazing people who motivate me and hopefully you too. Thank you for reading! Check out all of Cassie's links down below.
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