We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Littlefield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Fake it till you make it.” I think this is the worst advice ever. In order to have success you have to fully embrace who you are. Acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses. Do not fake being something you’re not. You may gain success by faking it but you will never find happiness. If there is something you want to achieve or become you have to take the steps to learn it. If you feel self doubt now faking it will only increase the amount you feel. Once you realize this you will find yourself successfully doing what you’re meant to and not what you think is success. After that you will find that this is what success really is.
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?
My art is a reflection of events that either happen in reality or in my dreams. I love to use subjects that have been given meaning through culture of history and apply it to something semi relevant. Sometimes giving objects completely different meanings that originally intended. I love to make people reevaluate something they have seen one way their entire life and now it has a completely different meaning. In return building the ability to understand other points of view and have a little more empathy for others. What sets me apart from other artists ranges from using only black and white to tell these stories but also my honest approach. I am not going to create what is going to get the most “shares” or “likes”, it will always be from the heart. The meaning of the piece is more important to me then if it is the most pretty or will fit a trend. How I got to where I am at is through the willingness to never give up. There have been plenty of times where I have questioned if I was on the right path but I always trusted in my heart and gut to keep going. I learned that as long as you have a goal in mind you will find a way. Sometimes you have to change direction or alter your plan but as long as the goal remains the same you will get there. As for what I would want the world to know about my art or story is love always wins and everything is about perspective.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Spending almost my entire life in Maine and moving to Florida as an adult I always love showing my friends from up north the little unknowns about Central Florida. So we always visit the local shops and restaurants so they can get a taste of some things they can not get any where else. Here in Orlando we have so many like Pom Poms, Bento, The Black Rooster, Tako Cheena, Dandelion, Sanctum, Market on South, etc. There are so many. As for places, any of the springs are magical. You truly feel like you are on a jungle adventure and it is unforgettable. Evening or night fun would be any of the art galleries like Snap!, City Arts, Redefine, Red Tape, Loud, etc. The drinks can be had at almost any place on Mills Ave or if you’re feeling super social Orange Ave to hit up some speakeasies.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think my middle school english teacher was a weird catalyst in all of this. We would do a daily creative writing exercise in her class to start out where we had 10-15 minutes to write about what ever we wanted. I would usually write a line or two and doodle the rest. One day she pulled me aside and asked what I wanted to do for a living. I obviously had no idea at that age. She notice the doodles and how passionate I was about art and suggested maybe getting into tattooing. Just the idea that a small town, middle school english teacher would suggest such a “taboo” job planted a pretty big seed in my mind. Fast forward many years, I do not tattoo but what that little conversation did to my mind at such a young age had me surrounding myself with people who were just as creative or in some sort of “art related” job. Every single person I met showing me another reason to trust in my own abilities and passion. So today she gets the shout out by making that tiny little adjustment on the map in my road of life.