We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Rasmusson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
It is so easy to get stuck in your comfort zone. I think as artists if you don’t take risk you aren’t growing. A few years ago my life was really at a low point – I was going through a divorce and felt like my world was in shambles. I walked past a store that had a slogan outside it that said “do something every day that scares you”. That really struck home with me and I realized I had been stuck in my comfort zone for far too long and in reality I was not happy and I was not growing into the person I was meant to be. Right then I looked at my life and thought about what were my priorities and what was the junk you I could remove to get there. I wanted to only work on freelance design projects I was truly passionate and excited about. I wanted to travel and I wanted to spend more quality time with my son. I left a job that had started to feel toxic and I began to focus on my desires and priorities. It was scary, but I immediately felt like a dark cloud of negativity had been lifted away. I traveled! I went to Mexico City, Chicago, Colorado, Amsterdam, Belgium! I got a new job that appreciated my expertise and contributions and I actually stopped working at the end of the work day and focused on time with my son. The amazing thing is that when I took these risks – I thrived! My career is better than it has ever been, I get to have that quality time with my son and when Covid is under control I will get to travel on my next exciting adventure!
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 am a theatrical costume designer. I really invest my heart and soul into every production I design, however what I am probably most proud of is the work I’ve been doing the last several years with professional Santas, designing one of a kind suits for them. Being a designer is hard work you have to balance the technical aspects of your design – the tailoring, the fit, and the movability with your visual artistic vision. We live in a fast fashion world, so people are often surprised how long the design and build process can take. It can be hard to convince people that your time is valuable for the work that you are producing. Believing in your abilities and that your time and expertise is worthwhile has been the biggest challenge for me.
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.
I am a proud Georgian! It would be so hard to choose! We would definitely take a trip to Ponce City Market for some dessert and a drive down Buford Highway stuffing ourselves with all the amazing varieties of food. An Atlanta United game and a trip to the High Museum. As a huge theatre fan we would definitely want to catch a show at Actor’s Express, Theatrical Outfit, or the Aurora Theatre and checkout some of the great outdoor festivals that Atlanta or Decatur has to offer.
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?
My parents who always allowed me to explore my creativity, my costume design professors in both undergrad and grad school who pushed me to excel. and my seven year old son who constantly inspires me to work harder because I want him to live in a more accepting and loving world