We had the good fortune of connecting with Hailey Sullivan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hailey, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always known that drawing or anything with the creative was my safe space. Later down the road after hustling through different jobs, I realized there are an abundance of people who do work for themselves and make art for their living. I thought to myself well why can’t I? If it makes me happy as well as others, and support my financial needs, I should be hopping on this.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being on social media, you find there are a lot of the same kind of artists as you, so you have to recognize what will set you a part. I like to think of my traditional black and white style as classic and timeless. A photograph recreated by hand. It’s definitely not been easy for getting as far as I have, just like everyone else. Lately I’ve been trying to take it day by day, reminding myself it’s a new day, new week, and stay disciplined most of the time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I actually live with my best friend but if we were to go somewhere it would probably be Barefoot Grill by Mission Bay or Jose’s courtroom right off the coast of La Jolla. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to say my close friends and family. It’s hard to pick just one because everyone has had a small impact in some way.