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Conversations with Stephanie Jöens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Jöens.

Hi Stephanie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am an LA native. A rare desert unicorn. I grew up on the outskirts and loved riding horses with my mama. I was always a free spirit, running around in the dirt and creating my own world around me. My father was a writer and cartoonist and I was always incredibly proud of him for following his dreams in the art realm. I fell in love with movies because of him. I learned that films should have the heart in a story, beauty, visual storytelling that can -for a moment- take your breath away. How amazing is that? I became a production designer. My skills stem from an affinity for any vintage or period based. I adore classic movies. Nothing compares to a set that is dripping in Victorian gothic or Art Deco influences. Lately, I’ve I have learned to love and appreciate all my wonderful talents because if I don’t enjoy what I’m doing, then there is something lacking in my passion for life. You have to LOVE what you’re doing.

I have been an art curator for seven years and have assisted in over 13 immersive art installations at the shop I co-owned, Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank. Since selling my partnership, I have been set dressing and designing for films & music videos. I am a Halloween Historian and advisor for films. I also co-own an art brand with my partner, Carlos Sierra, called Holy Hangman. I’m a Jack of all trades, and I love it that way. I am currently working full time for my insanely talented friend Micheline Pitt. She is the creator and driving force behind the clothing line Vixen and co-owner of La Femme en Noir with designer Lynn Haaga. I am their new “up and coming” Art Director for some amazing creative content slated for this new year. I have always had a strong passion for art and making a collaborative visions a reality. I can’t wait to see what news things in this lifetime I get to create.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Absolutely. Huge struggles. Accepting that myself and the entire world deals with anxiety, self-doubt, creative blocks…I finally accepted that I deserve every opportunity that I acquire because I worked hard to get where I am and I’m damned proud of it.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Most important lesson I’ve ever learned was that I should never let my work define who I am but that my work is defined by who I am.

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Photographer: Ryan Valdez

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