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

Hi Juliebeth, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Between this year and last, there have been several big changes. I became a full-time art teacher last fall for grades K-8, and I got married in January of this year. Even though it has been an amazing experience, the new job has occupied a lot of my time. I’ve had to learn how to balance my art business and working on my lesson plans for school. Having to teach virtually created additional struggles, and planning the wedding added yet another piece to a growing puzzle. Eventually, I got myself organized and was able to handle everything with the help of my Wonder Woman planner! (It was actually the first time I enjoyed using a planner).

Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
When I first tried to get serious with my art, I struggled. I didn’t know where to begin because I never favorited one form of media over another. I just knew that I love creating stories through my art and experimenting with my paintings. I used to think of myself as “the lost illustrator” because I loved creating art but didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Even just face painting at the YMCA would make me happy because it was such a fun way to do art. It even led to a whole body paint phase when I was a freshman in college. Once I started working at my current job (the non-teaching one), my manager gave me the chance to do promotional art for the store. That’s when I knew that I wanted to use my skill to help others promote their business.
I also got the opportunity to help out at the Pizzeria in downtown Alpharetta ( Minnie Olivia), by promoting their curbside pickup and making their kids menu.
At the end of the day, I just want to help people any way I can with my art. Whether it’s doing a promotional mural to help small stores out or making stickers for someone.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take my friend to downtown Alpharetta first before anywhere else. That area is always filled with good vibes, amazing food/drinks, and it’s always filled with music on the weekends. My favorite pizza place, Minnie Olivia, is there. They have amazing pizza and meatballs! Next, I would take her to Smokejack for drinks because they have this amazing beverage made with moonshine and blueberries. They can make it frozen or on the rocks (personally I think frozen is better!) Next place I would take her is the Georgia Aquarium. They just opened a shark exhibit, and it is so cool. They even have a spot where you can touch the top of a stingray! I mean who doesn’t want to do that? Last place we would go is Ponce City Market to rent out some bikes and ride around the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been blessed with a great support team. My friends and family have always had my back, and they’ve always been there for me whenever I doubted myself or felt like I’ve fallen behind. They’re always there to pick me back up. My husband especially, who I have been with for five years, has supported me and my decisions since day one. When we first started dating, he would come to all the art shows I would participate in and cheer me on. He would always encourage me to show off my work and never be afraid of it. I don’t know where I would be without him. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I thank God every day for blessing me with such a great group of friends and family.

Website: https://delgado283222.wixsite.com/my-site

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliebeth_illustrations5065/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Juliebeth5065

Image Credits
A lot of these were taken from friends and family.

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