We had the good fortune of connecting with Lena Belyaeva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lena, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Every risk worth to take it. I always think, there are two outcomes possible for me in any risk I take. One is when I succeed in what I was planning to do; and the other is when I fail or lose, but I am still happy because I took advantage of getting some new experience in my life.
When I was a resident of Zero Empty Spaces Art Studio in Boca Raton, I met so many wonderful creative people there. Many of them were full-time artists. I was a part-time artist at that time. Sometimes, I worked as a babysitter. It was my dream to become a full-time artist. I told to Scott Jeffries, not only a great artist but a wonderful person, about my dream. I explained that I want to be a professional artist, but it’s a risk, it’s a great risk because artists don’t have regular income, and I am not sure if I can make it. He replied, ” Don’t be afraid of anything! You will do that! Go ahead!” I was so happy to hear such optimistic words from Scott. I am grateful for his advice.
At the same time I still was thinking that this is such a risk becoming a full-time artist. I just started my artistic career and I didn’t know what to except from the future.
A few days later, I was working in my art studio, and I decided to grab a pen and paper and start making a plan that I hoped could help me in pursuing my dream. I also wrote down some questions: Where I should start? What can help me? What would stop me?
These all were some kind of ‘baby steps’ which I will follow and which I believed should bring me closer to my dream.
So, I believed, I found the way that made a risk not so scary – moving step by step to the success.
These days, I am still at the beginning of my way. There are lots of ‘steps’ ahead, wins and struggles, but I am so happy I accepted the risk and I am on a track. I started my artistic journey. I am so thankful to my friend for making me confident that I am able to do that.
If you have a dream, don’t be afraid to take risk to achieve your goal. Just believe in your dream and listen your heart; make small ‘step by step’ changes which can lead to a big impact: move forward to your dream instead of stay scared because of risk. Listen to your friends – they are your best supporters in risk taking and they are happy to share their own experience.
Don’t stop dreaming!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an artist and illustrator. I take inspiration from what I see around me – everyday life, beautiful nature, parks, ocean, palms, flowers, animals; historical architecture; people, holidays, festivals when people gather together. It’s pleasure for me to participate and capture the atmosphere of the event on the paper. I really love my illustrator job when I work on creating art for different projects. I love meeting new people and collaborating with them. I really love when people send me their kind feedback that my art brought joy, happy feelings, sweet memories to them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would bring my friend to the Red Reef Beach in Boca Raton to meet the sunrise. After that, we would walk along the trail there. Then, we would go to Mizner Park to get a cup of coffee in the Starbucks… eat vegan ice cream in Cielito Artisan Pops… I would show the MPA mural art to my friend and my favorite places for sketching… get lunch at Farmers Table… walk around the Lake Boca Raton to see the beautiful views… we would visit a concert in MPA in evening or listen to live music at a local cafe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Scott Jeffries. I appreciate his support and advice.