Two weeks ago, I was sent an invitation by DeviantArt HQ to visit them so they could interview me. We set the date and time for yesterday afternoon. They gave me a tour of the whole place. The place is beautiful, colorful, fun, and exciting space to be in. The view of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the office windows is spectacular. I didn't take photos of the insides because there are things they are developing that I promised not to reveal until they happen. Just as a precaution, I left my phone inside my bag, but you can see the photos I did take below.
They asked me about how I use their website. By showing them how I use it, I ended up talking about my education and work background because the site is very useful for holding and sharing my artwork, projects, drawing lessons, and student artwork. I told them how I got into blogging about art, art education, jobs and careers. After that they wanted my opinion about the new stuff they are working on. At the end of the interview they gave me a box of goodies to take with me.
Being invited to DeviantArt is a wonderful rare privilege that I didn't mind doing at all. DeviantArt has been and still is the best social media platform for me. Learning and making art can be a very introverted and isolating thing. We all need isolation to get work done, but what happens when the art piece is done? Developing artists need both real physical spaces and digital online spaces to build their professional identities and connect with real people they could not on their own. It is through this site that I made all kinds of connections to real people who do all kinds of cool things.
Los Angeles is where I went to college and university. I made a lot of friends here. To become a professional working artist, I knew I had to be here in order to grow.
Art as a career is a journey that doesn't end once you start it, and so will my connection to this social media platform.
Just do your best everyone, who knows, you might be invited to HQ someday too!