We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Silao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first began working, I kept them completely separate. I would leave work and not think about it until I was back the next day. Fast forward to now and I am working from home and it’s different. Work and life is intertwined. I do try to set specific work hours or a set time to concentrate on projects, but sometimes life gets in the way, in good ways and in bad ways. I’ve learned to “roll with the punches” and take projects and life as they come. I believe that things happen for a reason whether we like them or not and I need to make things work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I went to school for graphic design and I actually began my brush lettering a few years ago. I would say starting anything is easy, it’s sticking to it and continuing to practice is what can be difficult. Burnout is real, life gets in the way (so to speak) and there are challenges along the way. When I first began lettering, I tried to practice at least once a day. While watching TV or sitting in the living room, I was practicing my lettering. I would try to not put too much pressure on myself and say I would only practice for five minutes, which would always turn into a hour or a couple of hours. I would only pressure myself to practice if I knew I went over three days without it. I really enjoy teaching workshops where I can pass along any knowledge I may know to those who are curious about the art form. What I like about these workshops is working with others to teach/guide them in a journey that I started not too long ago. It’s nice to create logos for a new company but there is something about teaching that just makes me feel good.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
She has been here many times so there isn’t anything new for her to see, at least I don’t think there is. But we would definitely eat some cali burritos / carne asada fries, pho and In n Out. Since she lives on the east coast right now and I used to, these were my go to meals when coming back to the west coast. Visit a winery and / or brewery here and there, and we’ve got the drinks covered. Sunset cliffs for some views, Windansea for a beach day, Julian for some apple pie, and tacos, we can’t forget about tacos. Possibly a hike, if we felt like it and I think we’ve done everything that’s important.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are several people I would say have contributed to my journey. My husband has always been a strong force in my life for as long as I have known him. My family and friends who have been supportive have helped in ways they wouldn’t know. And a few others: Gary Vaynerchuk, Brené Brown, and Joe Rogan have also been a key part of my journey. Not that I know or have met any of them, but listening to them, their stories, their content really put me in the right mindset I needed to start my own business.
Clyde G. Morgan