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Meet Christina Walsh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Walsh.

Christina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I couldn’t tell you exactly when it started, but I have always had a love for art. My mom and grandfather are two of the greatest creative influences I have and where I grew my passion from. From painting to engineering and physically creating, I have always been inspired by them. Through all of my years in school, I made time to take a class and be part of a club where I could learn a new form of art. Being well rounded in artistic mediums was important to me, but I didn’t know how helpful this would be until I began pursuing a career in the art department for film. After I received a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Rhode Island, I explored the art realm within the entertainment industry. Completely in awe of the worlds that art departments could create for the big screen or TV, I knew that was where I needed my career to go. To gain experience, I worked in NYC on productions with Viacom and took a class in production design at the School of Visual Arts. Thats when I applied to the graduate Production Design program at Chapman University where I recently graduated from with my MFA. Soon after graduation, I got my current job as the Art Department Production Assistant on The Orville. Although moving from NY to CA wasn’t easy, and I miss my family and friends, making the decision to pursue this dream was the best I ever made.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Looking at some of the challenges I have faced in art throughout the years, the one that impacted me the most was the decision I faced when choosing what to do with my passion. I struggled with this since I was in high school where I first felt I needed to make a choice about my art career. Do I go into graphic design? Do I become a fine artist? What about pursuing architecture? I loved learning about every area of art, how could I pick just one? I wanted to become a storyteller through my art, but how do you turn that into a career? I always felt like there was a path I needed to follow to be successful, and if I strayed too far I would be lost. But that’s not true. As I continued studying, I realized I didn’t have to choose just one path. The first time I learned about Production Design I fell in love with it. You’re not only creating art for someone else, you’re creating an entire world through multiple mediums. I’m not straying from my original decision, I am widening my path with the more I learn!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
When I’m not working on an art department, I work freelance in several different mediums. Most of my freelance work is painting, drawing, and digital but I enjoy working in pretty much any medium. What sets me apart from others is that I don’t have a particular niche. I love a challenge. You want to combine different mediums? You want realism? You want a sculpture of an animal created out of nails? I’m your girl!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I were to start over or go back, I would try to have more confidence. I was always looking for praise from people I looked up to when the person I needed a confidence boost from the most was myself. Thats a lesson that I’m still learning today. I am passionate and I love what I do, but I am my biggest critic. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing. I have teachers and loved ones that influenced me in ways I would never take back.

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