We had the good fortune of connecting with Katy Feiling and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katy, alright, so let’s kick it off with a deep question: what’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I’ve learned along my journey is just to keep going. Art is hard, and I cannot tell you how often I’ve thought about giving up. But don’t quit. Sometimes — most of the time, I think — the things that you are hoping for come at unexpected times. This goes for anything in life, not just your creative journey. I lost my dad almost three years ago, and back in 2017, if you had told me I’d be doing okay in 2020, I don’t think I would have believed you. But here I am today, doing okay. Two years ago, I was struggling to complete my Masters, but in December, I did it! It sounds pretty cliche, but the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory, and you’ll be so happy you stuck it out and had faith in yourself, rather than gave up in fear.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always wanted to draw. As a kid, that was probably my favorite hobby. And that didn’t really ever change growing up. I always knew I would pursue a career in the creative field, whether it was writing or painting, I just knew the creative path was for me. Growing up in Southern California, I feel like you’re pretty much at the hub of creativity, so I was lucky enough to get to meet a lot of my favorite artists that really inspired me to pursue this field. I’ll never forget going to a Disney Convention back in 2013, where I was able to see Glen Keane be inducted as a Disney Legend. There’s something from his speech that has always stood out to me. He said, “I love characters that believe the impossible is possible,” and he went on to connect that to his life and to life in general. I’ve always held on to that, and made it my goal is to inspire future artists through my work like those that inspired me to get where I am today.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I actually really love going to Sunny Jim’s Cave. I love the history and photos and information of the cave that you can find all over the store. It’s just a quirky little spot that’s really unique and has a nice view. Definitely a plus when the seals are hanging out there. And of course, you can get some good pictures for your social media. I’m a huge breakfast person, so I’ll go wait for the eggs benedict at The Cottage. It’s standard brunch food, but lots of good choices and fresh ingredients. While the eggs benedict is my favorite, the stuffed french toast is exceptional and delicious. Also have to shout out the great service! Bang Bang — go for the Ryan Gosling bathroom, stay for the food. I would probably take a friend prior to going out in Gaslamp. It’s a very modern and upbeat vibe, and the sushi is fresh and delicious. We are also definitely going to make a stop by The Cravory. I am a chocolate chip cookie fiend, and The Cravory has one of the best. If they’re around, I will eat them all in one sitting. The shop is super quaint and well put-together, and the selection of cookies will most likely leave you eating far more cookies than you should. But I promise, it will be worth it. Apparently, when my friend visits, all we will do is eat. It seems that’s my only hobby.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom! She has always, always, always encouraged my sister and me to do whatever it is that makes us happy. She was never one to pressure us into going to college or into pursuing any particular kind of career. Her biggest wish in life is just that we’ll be happy, and she’ll help us get there any way she can. For that, I am so grateful.

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