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

Hi Jason, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
the balance shifts often, some priorities are more important at different times. Sometimes making money is more important and other times spending quality time with my family is more important. working for myself, I get to decide what I prioritize and when. Also, what used to be really important to me is less important and new ideas and directions are more interesting for personal growth and looking at success in new ways.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
VISUAL art and supply and VISUAL gallery and design is a simple concept,
it’s an art supply retail shop, an art gallery and an art and design studio. It’s about being accessible to the community. You can be a beginner or an experienced and established artist, everyone is welcome. There are no whistles and bells, its to the point, its honest and we don’t believe any of the hype! I’m proud that I have made many mistakes and fallen down hard and have faced many struggles and know that there are people who always want to see you fail but I have stayed the course and have changed, adapted and evolved through it all. Overcoming challenges has required a very open mind and at the same time I am in charge so I have to live with the results, good ones and the bad ones, realizing the vastness of my responsibility is sobering and so it keeps me focused and pushes me. We opened in 2010, but we are really just getting started, there are so many aspects of the business that I am planning to explore.

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 have had the luxury of a great family who have encouraged and supported my endeavors from the very beginning. This encouragement led me to a great experience at the Herron School of Art and then carried over to California State University at Fullerton. I have had some great instructors at both of these schools, mentors who challenged and critiqued my work in a way that was extremely constructive and positive. My wife Frieda has helped to improve our business with her great design aesthetic, both with our physical location and digitally, our brand is stronger now that ever before. Our customers and clients deserve a huge amount of credit for continuing to keep our retail business and art and design projects relevant and ever evolving.

Website: www.visualshopsd.com
Instagram: visual_shop visual_gallerydesign

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