A few weeks ago, Lauren had the pleasure of giving a design lecture as part of Hyperakt's Lunch Talk series in Brooklyn. The talking points themselves were prompted by an old photo she had found from her childhood in which 7-year old her was sitting next to a chalk drawing declaring, "When I grow up, I want to be an artist."
Initially, I had full-hearted intentions to attend but I was unable to simply because it was on a random day (Tuesday) and right smack middle of the day (12:30pm). Luckily, Lauren was gracious enough to publish the transcript to her talk. For the lack of a better statement, all I can say is that not only is she a wonderful writer, but she has the exceptional flair for connecting with you with her worlds. I highly encourgage you to read it, especially if you're someone who's in the creative field.
The money paragraph for me is her closing thoughts:
My closing thought for you is this: Work hard, snack often. It’s my life motto; I even have it tattooed on my forearms. The work hard part is pretty self-explanatory, so let me explain the snack often. I’ve always been a snacker.
The definition of a snack is a light meal eaten in between main meals. In addition to delicious crunchy snacks, I think we all need to have lots of creative snacks as well. Side projects, vacations, hobbies, etc. Anything that makes you feel blissful that you do just for yourself and no one else. I put a lot of effort into my client work, but I put just as much energy into my “snacks”. And you know what? If you keep working hard and making sure to snack often, those little snacks could eventually become your full-time gig.
In reference to the photographs, Lauren recently moved into a new apartment with a friend and I had the pleasure to visit one day as she was in the process of doing some amazing lettering in the livingroom. So talented, such a humble person, so inspiring!