Today we’d like to introduce you to Juliette Toma.
Juliette, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My dad is a painter, so I grew up around art. I would collaborate with him on his paintings from as early as three years old, and my parents were constantly taking me to art shows with them. This sparked an early interest in art for me, and I always knew growing up I wanted to do something with my love for drawing.
As I got older, I realized I wanted to become an illustrator. After graduating from Art Center College of Design, I got a job working part-time at a textile design studio which also gave me time to work freelance as an illustrator.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Knowing how to promote myself and posting on social media is a struggle for me.
Instagram is so helpful as far as getting your work seen by a large audience, but it can also be harmful. Having access to view thousands of illustrators work, sometimes it can be hard not to compare yourself.
Staying confident and not letting my doubts and insecurities get in the way of me doing what I love is something I often find myself battling.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am an illustrator who loves to paint things I find fun and humorous. I draw inspiration from embarrassing moments and all things kitsch. I’ve always considered myself a shy, awkward person. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to celebrate my awkwardness and to laugh at all the things I was embarrassed by.
Since I can’t go back in time, I choose to do this with my artwork. I like to embrace things people may see as flaws, such as braces, pimples, and bad tans. By painting these things in a humorous way, I hope other people can resonate with them, laugh, and feel less alone.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe I have been extremely lucky. I was lucky enough to have parents who nurtured my love for art and supported my decision to turn that into a career.
I am lucky that I have such great artistic friends to discuss ideas with and get feedback from. I am also lucky to have grown up in a place like Los Angeles where art is so prevalent.
- Website: juliettetoma.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @drooliette