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

Hi Lauren, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
What’s life without a little risk, right? Growing up, I was shy, very self conscious, and I rarely put myself in new situations or tried new things, simply because they were new or uncomfortable. I was afraid of what people would think so I held myself back a lot. I was often met with that little voice in my head saying, “What if you’re not good? What if you fail?” Oh, or my favorite, “There are people who are better at this than you.” I will tell you right now that there is always going to be a chance of failure and, yes, it is very likely that there is someone out there who is better than you at what you do. But if we let those thoughts dictate how we live our lives and approach our goals, well that’s just no good for anyone. I can honestly say that I’ve grown more as a person in these last few years because of the risks I’ve taken in my career. I moved from the East Bay Area down to SoCal for a job that I no longer work at. I made the decision to leave my most recent job to follow a new career path and try to establish Mars Road Artistry as my part time business. At the end of the day I want to feel like I’ve taken advantage of each of the opportunities presented to me. So what if something doesn’t pan out exactly how you planned? You took the risk, good on you for trying! I think any time we take a new risk we’re providing ourselves with a foundation for growth. Instead of worrying about failure, we should be asking ourselves, “Hey, what if you succeed?”

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a self-taught artist whose found her niche in black and white portraits. Though I do dabble in acrylic paints on occasion, I’ve found that I take most pride in my pencil portraits. I generally work on a commission only basis. What I enjoy about this is each piece is an original. Unless my client specifically asks, I don’t make copies of the work I do for them. So the portrait that they receive from me is for them alone; no one else will have it. What I love about portraits is they’re very personal. I often get asked to draw a family member or family pet who has recently passed. The fact that someone is putting their trust in me to draw their loved one, that’s very special to me. I give each drawing the time and attention to detail that it, and my clients, deserve. I think that’s what sets me apart from others. There are so many talented artists out there, each with their own unique skills. So when someone asks me to draw for them, I’m truly honored.

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.
Let’s say this friend is flying in from out of town. After picking you up from the SD airport, we’d have to go to Azuki sushi in San Diego on 5th. The food is so good and so fresh, and the rooftop deck is fantastic at night. I love downtown Carlsbad. Grabbing a donut and coffee from The Goods, or brunch at Shorehouse Kitchen. There’s also great seafood at Bluewater Grill, and Clara’s has indoor and outdoor dining, perfect when the weather is warm. You really can’t go wrong in downtown Carlsbad. Main Street in Encinitas is also a great area to check out, full of restaurants, breweries, and shopping.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Who doesn’t deserve some credit? I mean sh*t, (sorry for the language), but I’m not sure how I got so lucky in this department. My first shoutout is to my husband, Brett. He is indeed my rock. He’s shown me nothing but love and support for over a decade and I know I can rely on him for anything. Secondly, shoutout to my family – My parents are my biggest fans and have taught me to stand up for what I believe in, and to always do so with a kind heart. My brother, Ryan, is one of my best friends and always pushes me to do my best. Shoutout to my friends, who may as well be family, who have given me so many laughs and good memories throughout the years. Shoutout to my high school art teacher for pushing me to hang some of my projects in the Bankhead Theatre. And one last quick shoutout to my hometown of Livermore for hosting your annual Art Walk, allowing so many talented local artists a place to shine for a weekend.


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