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

Hi Carley, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?

I decided to pursue a career in art because I honestly could not imagine doing anything else. There were times when I considered other options and I had many backup plans just in case I decided to drop out of art school. However, none of them gave me the kind of drive I wanted in my career. Being an artist carries a great amount of pressure, but it’s very rewarding. You get to create entertainment for other people to enjoy or experience, I see nothing better than that.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Finishing my thesis was one of my proudest moments artistically. I created a concept art book based off the novel The Secret Garden. I used my love for organic shapes and visual storytelling to paint environments and prop designs. It was a very fast paced project, but I was very happy with the way it turned out. It also helped me when applying to jobs, which up to that point was very difficult. I started applying to internships when I was a Sophomore in college and despite my early start, there was little to no response from employers. The hardest part in all of this was trying to not compare myself to other students who already found opportunities before graduation. Coming into Senior year I felt disappointed in myself and scared for the future. Looking back, it does not seem like such a big deal, especially when I ended up with an internship at Itec Entertainment and job at Hasbro right after college.
As an art student however, you’re always worried about becoming a starving artist. Even though I no longer feel that way, I still remember the pressure. The only way I was able to get through it was to concentrate on my work and keep applying. I would encourage future students to understand that everyone’s journey is different, just concentrate on creating something beautiful and the opportunities will follow.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Once everything opens up again, I recommend grabbing some Butter Beer at Universal Studios and then heading over to a Gyu-Kaku for some Japanese Barbecue. Following that, Los Angelos has some amazing beaches, my favorite so far is Manhattan and Laguna. Lastly, it gets quite warm in the summer, but luckily there are great ice cream places like Ginger’s Divine Ice Cream or Salt and Straw to help cool you down!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family deserves a lot of credit! When I was in middle school, I decided that a creative career was the path that I wanted to follow. Even at the risk of becoming a starving artist, my parents and even grandparents cheered me on. If there were opportunities to visit colleges or take art lessons, my parents pointed me towards them. By senior year of high school, I had a relatively good understanding of what artist I wanted to be. My Professors at Ringling College deserve some recognition as well. They gave me all the skills I needed to succeed in my professional life. Though I am still learning, I don’t think I’d be where I’m at today with out them.

Website: https://carleybutella.artstation.com

Instagram: @Carley_Butella

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/carley-butella-08003a117

Twitter: Carley Butella_Art

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