We had the good fortune of connecting with Melody Jean Moulton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melody Jean, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking is everything. Sometimes you just have to let go, dive in, and hope for the best. I wouldn’t be where I am today or the person that I am today without getting out of my comfort zone and dipping my feet into the unknown.

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 an artist and as of July of this year, a gallery owner living in San Diego.  Prior to COVID, I was working part time as a bartender and traveling as much as I could afford to.  I used to visit Mexico City once every few months for the mezcal and inspiration.  I had just recently started showing my work in galleries earlier this year, beginning with a group show up at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.  After the bar I worked at closed due to the pandemic in March, I created a Patreon account to boost my income and help get my artwork out into the world. I was so thankful to the supporters who signed up and made things easier in both a financial way and in a stroking-my-creative-ego way. In June of this year my dream storefront became available in my neighborhood and I had an in with the landlord, I knew if I didn’t jump on the opportunity I would walk past the space regularly and regret it – the thought of facing that regret seemed worse than taking the risk and losing it all.  Running a small gallery and gift shop has been on my list of “dream jobs” since I was a teenager and while it seemed insane to open a new business during a global pandemic, an opportunity like this would likely never present itself again.  It was a “now or never” scenario for me.  If you had talked to me in May, I would have had no idea that I was about to open an art gallery. If you spoke to me in July, I was overly confident that I would be open by mid-August.  I opened my doors on October 4th and still didn’t quite feel ready.  This has been the most stressful thing I have ever tackled and the growing pains have been intense.  I have put all of my guts into this little space and all the anxiety, sleepless nights, 3rd degree burns (there was a hot glue gun incident involving the airplane I have hanging over the front door), and stress have 100% been worth it.  Steering this ship solo has and will be quite the feat but I’m doing my best to go with the flow and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s pretend that these are all open now… The Casbah, Whistle Stop Bar, Teros Gallery Bread & Salt, Livewire, Warshaw’s Provisions, Buonna Fochetta in South Park, Starlite Folk Arts, Rare Records, Olso Sardine Bar Tijuana / Baja

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jason Sherry – Local artist and producer/co-creator of Talk Talk Show. Jason is one of the most humble people I know, my favorite San Diego artist, and gave me plenty of sound advice and some free manual labor to help get the gallery up and running.

Website: www.TrashLambGallery.com www.GhostsGritMomentum.com
Instagram: @trash.lamb.gallery @ghostsgritmomentum
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/trash-lamb-gallery-san-diego

Image Credits
Photo of me: Chris Wojdak Knife Lamb: Logo for gallery by Crap Man Collage: My artwork – Scanned original artwork – “Who Came First, the Flock or the Swine?” Photo of gallery gift shop: Chris Wojdak Photo of woman smoking with dog: Michele Zousmer (this photo is part of the opening exhibition at Trash Lamb Gallery – not my personal work)

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