We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawn Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shawn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think everyone should take risk once in their life. Whether professional or personal. Sit back and think to the best/ greatest moments in your life. It was you taking a risk. You never start an amazing story with, “So I was sitting in my house the other day …”. My whole career is a risk. Everyone as a kid wants to draw or create art for a living. As you get older, bills come into play. Relationships begin and end. Kids become a factor. Reality kicks in and you’ll have to get a job. If you’re lucky, it’s something that love. Most of us aren’t that lucky. For me, I was the unfortunate one. I’m remember my last day of my job and the first of going after my career. If I’m in miserable doing this job, why not be miserable going after my career. If I fail, I know I can go back to misery of a nine to five.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is influence by comics, videogames, anime and graffiti. I’m excited that I have developed my own style. It’s still growing. Same goes with my career. I had to loosen up and be willing to take risks. Nothing you ever wanted out of life is never easy. Remember the only person stopping you is you. Everything and everyone are obstacles to get past to what you want. I’ve quit many of times. I’ve failed. I’ve had to pivot. The one thing that I’ve never done is stop. Remember to take breaks and drink water, that helps a lot. For me, I decided to be stubborn about the destination but not the journey. The greatest lesson that I’ve learnt is to start. Nothing else matter unless you start. Also, advice and inspiration can come from anyone. Take what you need and leave rest.
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.
The thing about NYC is that they have something going on all the time. For those who enjoy music, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in the summer is the place to be. It’s in Prospect Park. If you enjoy jazz, check out Smalls. Laid back and intimate is how I would describe it. For the art lover, Bushwick is a must. Amazing street art and graffiti. Good food and shopping in the area. Greenwich Village is great for both day and night plans. Bars, lounges and restaurants with different cultural vibes. One minute you are eating Cuban food while the band is playing, next, dancing at lounge to EDM. It’s up to you.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First off, I got to thank my father for buying me art supplies and supporting me. Secondly I’m grateful to all the artists that played apart in my ongoing career. Thanks to C1 Comics for giving me an chance. Shoutout toTokyo Bronx ACG for giving me a platform. Thanks to Bronx Planet Presents for publishing my artwork. Thanks to anyone who bought my art or gave me the the opportunity to show it off.
The headshot is T.S Fredericks Customizing the hat is Mr. LBoogz