We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Pence and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have pursued a creative career because it’s where my life choices combined with natural talents and intuition have led me. There have been times in my life where I have attempted to trick myself into doing something “normal”, like I at one point I was hilariously a business major at San Francisco State University, but those decisions don’t ever pan out for me. I think I tried taking statistics three times and just couldn’t make it to class. When I got to Art School, I was an A+ student and I would beat myself up if I was five minutes late. So, there ya, not meant to do Statistics. Meant to do make art.
My intuition is correct 90% of the time and I have learned to trust it more and more with age. It’s definitely complicated choosing a life path that deviates from the norm, but luckily I have always been supported by my family to follow my own lead and do whatever feels right. I am grateful for that freedom.
For many years I pursued being an Artist while also studying Astrology on the side, and it’s not until I combined the two that I have felt “complete”. Right now Astrology has began to steer the ship, but I’ll always do both. Through deep investigation of my own chart, I have found the symbology and planetary placements to be deeply affirming of who I have always known myself to be, and confirms to me why I am here, pursuing this ancient art form. I would not be pursuing a career asa an Astrologer without the symbology of my chart and I am forever grateful for that guidance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love giving Astrology readings and studying the lives of artists through the lens of their birth chart. Giving readings opens the opportunity for me to sit with someone one on one and find connections between the symbols of planets and their lives. It’s so important to me that people who come to me leave uplifted and more sure of their natural talents. I think we live a society that unfortunately capitalizes on our fear and we forget that we are each Gods in our own right, capable of so much more than we are told we are capable of. I want to inspire people to take their lives by their own hands and be the best version of themselves so that they never look back and wished they had done something differently. Everyone wants to save everyone else before saving themselves. I don’t think that works. I hope I make people feel more brave, healthy, and strong on a micro level so that they can in turn help others in a sustainable way. I know that sounds cheesy, but I think we need that encouragement these days.
I got to where I am by eliminating distractions and by pulling up my sleeves and getting to work. I have had to work out a lot of kinks along the way – making sure I get the right amount of sleep, that I eat the right food, that I have a proper work life balance(still working that one out). But I think success really comes from being consistent, earnest and curious. I am still very much starting out my career but that seems to be the combination that has created a sustainable momentum thus far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to China Town with zero plan for what restaurant, but trust that it would work out because it always does.
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?
Brian Willmont, Fiona Buchanan, Carly Nolan, Nathaniel Edgar, Mom, Dad, Brother, Grandma, Danielle, my two nieces, Tony Howard from Astrology University, Brett Reichman, Pasadena City College and my art teachers there, San Francisco Art Institute, Kelly Surtees, Chris Brennan, Liz Greene’s, “A New Look at an Old Devil,” LA, SF, NYC, all of these people places and things support and inspire me