Buenas tardes corazones! Hope everyone is enjoying the warm Cali weather, it was about time we get some calorcito! Chicas today we feature talented Mexican American painter, Vanessa Prado. We actually had the privilege of having her paint at our last WorkTalk event in January. She was such a sweetheart and man the painting she did was beautiful! Let’s get to know her.
Tell Us Why You Started Your Business/Started Your Profession?
I have been surrounded by creativity my whole life but, I only began to have confidence in myself and my art work about a year ago. My creative journey has been a positive awakening for me and a visual form of communication of what I am feeling or thinking for my viewers. I grasped onto people's response to my artwork in hopes of sparking inspiration or challenging their perspective.
“I love highlighting strong women and incorporating even more floral designs into my art pieces.”
What Makes Your Brand Unique?
My art pieces are an eclectic blend of my inspiration from the streets of Mid-City, Los Angeles with bright colors seen in my parents home state of Michoacan, Mexico. Nessi Arte is graceful and confident with a whole lot of hood. I love highlighting strong women and incorporating even more floral designs into my art pieces.
Who motivates and Inspires You?
My son will forever be my motivation. I leave a piece of myself in every art work so when he's older and finds himself running into them, he'll know I'm there with him. The women in my family are the ones who inspire me everyday. They are well rounded women who display graceful strength and beauty! These mujeres glow from within!
What Obstacles Have You Had to Overcome While Running Your Business?
Balancing my passion for art, family, motherhood and work has been the biggest obstacle in my life! Once I figured out how to balance my time, I began to see the fruits of my labor bloom. I am amazing at multi-tasking but, I realized I never achieved anything as a result. Successfully completing one task at a time is better than doing everything and finishing nothing.
What Does Latin Beauty Mean To You?
Latin Beauty is accessorizing everything with your confidence. We contour with our inner strengths and highlight with what makes us happy!
What are the 3 Core Values of Your Business Model? and Why?
It is important to be passionate about what you're doing, be able to apply the workload it takes to execute, and be consistent. By following these values, you'll never view your work as work.
How Do You Overcome Fear?
My biggest fear is what others have to say about my work. I learned how to turn off that little voice in my head that begins to doubt my skill and ability to be good enough. A quick way to turn this fear of judgment off is by immediately beginning any project. For example, I'll scribble scrabble my way until I grasp on to the idea and my art pieces begin to flourish. I also begin every art piece with several affirmations to remind myself how blessed I am to be able to create my ideas and project my feelings.
What Message Do You Have For Emerging Entrepreneurs?
An important message I have for emerging entrepreneurs is to ask a lot of questions! If you are confused about anything pertaining to your business, ask for help. Do not get discouraged if a person doesn't have an answer because that only means someone else has the right answer for you. Be persistent!