We had the good fortune of connecting with Meg Jacovino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meg, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, but during my twenties and early thirties, I was so full of doubt about myself and my work, that I was barely creating. It wasn’t until my daughter was born 5 years ago that something inside me shifted, and I finally allowed my creative voice to start getting louder.
In all the in-between moments of caring for a new baby, I began drawing again, as a way to care for myself. I started slowly, creating drawings while she slept, mostly images revolving around surfing and the sea, which I missed so much being out of the water recovering from child birth.
Much like my relationship with the ocean and surfing, drawing became a release, a meditation, and a return to myself. Looking back, I think the thing that shifted was a need to heal and love myself more so that I could be better and do better for my daughter.
From a place of vulnerability, I began sharing my work, and the craziest thing happened – people began buying my drawings and brands started reaching out to collaborate. That’s when I realized that a career as an artist could actually be viable, and I’ve been slowly and organically growing my business ever since. 🙂
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I create art that honors femininity and the innate connection women have to the sea and the stars. All of my illustrations are drawn by hand with either pen and paper or Procreate on my iPad.
I’m most proud that creating art and building a business around it has allowed me the freedom to be with my daughter as much as possible, to surf if there are waves, and to truly enjoy what I do.
That being said, the entrepreneurial path is not an easy one – making art is the fun part, but the business side of things can be overwhelming at times – a never ending to-do list, a constant learning curve, imposter syndrome, comparison traps, ebbing and flowing income, failed launches, the Instagram algorithm, burnout, etc… It can be incredibly defeating at times, but when things feel super heavy, I like to step back, go over my goals, and see where I can re-route my energy. I usually find that my to-do list has filled with things that would be nice to get done, but aren’t really necessary.
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.
Ocean City, NJ is an 8-mile long barrier island. In the summer, it’s a huge tourist destination, so it can be a little hectic, but for the other 9 months of the year, it’s a local’s dream. It’s a little chilly in the winter, but lovely all the same.
I live a pretty simple and slow life, as do my friends, so if they were visiting, we’d realistically spend our days on the beach and nights at home enjoying home-cooked meals, stories and laughs with our kids.
But a few things you can’t miss while you’re here:
Surfing at a few of my favorite spots in town.
An early morning bike ride on the board walk.
A walk in Corson’s Inlet State Park.
Coffee and snacks at Positively 4th Street.
Brunch at OC Surf Cafe.
Local art and the best vibes at Peace of Wood.
And off the island, it’s definitely worth a drive for coffee and treats at Jessie’s of Linwood and taco’s at El Capitan’s Taco Shack.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a lot of people who deserve recognition in my story, but I’d love to share about my dear friends, Kristina and Marshall Young.
I met them the first year I moved to Ocean City. They had just opened a new shop, Peace of Wood, a haven for local artists. It’s an art and surf shop with a focus on family and community. There’s not really anything else like it.
Shortly after I had my daughter, I would take her for walks past the shop (which we lived near at the time). I had recently begun sharing my drawings on social media, and Kristina and Marshall were really encouraging. When they would see my daughter and me walk by, they would shout from across the street, “When are you bringing your work to the shop?!” And I would hurriedly make an excuse as to why I couldn’t. After some more coaxing from them, I finally worked up the nerve to do it.
Since then, we’ve become like family (and their shop has become a second home for my daughter and me). Their positivity and genuine faith in the universe helped me to see that the energy I put into pursuing my dreams would be returned to me.
Kristina and Marshall pour their hearts into Peace of Wood and their own creative businesses. Kristina is an artist herself, and Marshall is a furniture maker. They really understand how rewarding (and challenging) building a creative business can be. I wouldn’t have had the courage to do what I’m doing if not for them, and I’m so grateful that our paths crossed when they did!
And they have a love story like no other!!!
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