We had the good fortune of connecting with Lilith Jenovax and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lilith, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
While I always thought I’d be an artist, professionally or not, it wasn’t the initial plan for me. I considered a lot of different career options and eventually obtained my bachelor’s of science in psychology. It all began pretty organically; I got my first DSLR in grade school and experimented a lot shooting just about everything: nature, objects, friends, and myself. I took a lot of self-portraits because I was the easiest model to access. I worked as a model all through my academic career in university. The reasons why I have decided to stay within the arts are vast, but two strong ones are that (1) being self-employed means that I can set my own rates, work schedule, and run my business to my needs and (2) because art has always been close to my heart as a way of expression and release. Among being a model, I am also a photographer and musician. Being a self-employed artist does not come without its risks and challenges, but the rewards make themselves known often. I enjoy being able to create with others and meet new people all over the world. I like being in control of my work and being able to say no when it is needed. It isn’t the most stable career choice, but it is one of the most freeing to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The road to success as a freelance artist was most definitely not easy and I am not sure how quickly I could have accomplished it without my family’s support. Thanks to them, I was able to focus both on school and on art; I was able to make a name for myself while I studied in college. By the time I graduated, I had a strong portfolio and was well known and connected among many artist circles all over the country. The freelance world of art is not easy and it is not stable; it is not uncommon for freelance artists to go weeks, and sometimes months, without a solid full paying gig. Being a successful self-employed business owner takes a lot of time, motivation, management, and solid work ethic. Throughout this journey I have learned so much about myself and about others. This career has enabled me to be able to travel the country and meet all kinds of new people and landscapes. It has taught me self-respect, dignity, reliability, and communication. Failure is always a step somewhere along the way to success. Do not be afraid to fail; take those lessons and learn from them. I’m not sure what I’d like the world to know about me or my story, but I would like my work to invoke questions and growth in some way. Something I’ve enjoyed combating in my career is the stigma of nudity. I’d like to think I’ve helped normalize it in some circles.
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?
Well, I’m local to Georgia, so Atlanta would have to be the spot! There’s hardly ever a dull time there. I always enjoy visiting Little Five Points whether for a bite at the Vortex or Savage Pizza, a drink at Elmyr, or thrifting at PsychoSister’s and Junkman’s Daughter and other neat shops on the strip. Not far away is the most gorgeous place that I just discovered called Arabia Mountain. It is photo heaven! And if you’re looking for a secret spot with some great drinks and interesting people, I definitely recommend making a reservation at JoJo’s Beloved Cocktail Lounge.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could not be where I am without the support of my friends and family. Thanks to my partner, vocalist of Glass Palace, I was able to release my debut album.
Thanks to the band Sarah and the Safe Word, I was able to nail my first national publication as a photographer in Alternative Press Magazine.
Thanks to Craig Gum Photography, I was able to nail my first international publication as a model in Rat Rod Magazine.
Thank you to all the artists that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years!
Self-Portraits Minds I Obscure Photography Wanderlust Boudoir Matt McGee Photography