The city of angles, or in other official name “Los Anglos” California is where this young lady (Debbie Bean) saw herself transforming into an artist. Debbie always had a thing for the creative side of her mind, a creative child who was raised by practical careers parents. Growing up, it wasn’t easy for her to label herself as an artist; it wouldn’t be until she graduated and experienced, discovered and explored many forms of arts that she finally could call herself an artist.
The problem with Debbie that she didn’t see herself as an artist because of the confusion in her head.
“They don’t think twice about it, and they just have this amazing, straight trajectory. And for me, that was not the case.” – she quoted
That confusion in Debbie’s head about her identity as an artist made her go on a discovery mission for herself that went on many levels. In 2003, Debbie finally followed the creative side of her brain, she moved to New York to find some better opportunities to pursue all kind of creative work. “I didn’t want to be one of those people who just ruins their lives thinking they’re going to be one thing” – she said
Debbie found a job as a photographer, she paid her bills taking various admin jobs; and even though she was lucky enough to work with some creative minds that enjoyed such as musicians, photography wasn’t really what she was looking for, she didn’t feel the fire in her body doing it, the fulfillment, she was definitely looking for more.
The Tibetan experience
In 2006, after she moved back to California, Debbie was invited to spend some time in the Tehachapi Mountains by a Tibetan lama she met. Debbie wanted to learn the art and spiritual practices of the Tibetan monks; for them it wasn’t as if they’re artists, they were just doing a normal activity that became a normal part of their lives.
The experience made Debbie connects with her creative side again, without any pressure to put a label on herself. Debbie started the journey back to creativity with experimenting with stained glass.
“I didn’t have any expectations. I was just doing it to reconnect with a childhood love of mine.” – Debbie said
The unexpected happened; the fulfillment she was looking for, Debbie felt right doing her stained glass art; and for the first time in her life, she is really considering art as a career bath. Debbie was so determined not to be another L.A failed artist story, her husband encouraged her to take the chance, to give it her all.
The business begins
Debbie launched her website finally in August 2014, by the end of this year she was also preparing for her first show (The Echo park) craft show. Word of mouth after the show alongside Debbie’s marketing strategy led to some sales for the holiday.
Several years later, the artist who was so afraid of being just another story of L.A failed artist, is now making a living out of her eponymous glass business; working a full-time in her studio. With a sales target achieved to more than 50 retails, serving customers from everywhere in the world through her online store.
“What I discovered for myself is that I am best served by being the creative director” – Debbie says, her art also gives her the space and the time to explore other art projects outside her glass work; she recently collaborated with Dime Nails.
The excitement continues
Debbie and her husband bought their first house in shadow hills two years ago, she says that she gets inspired by her surrounding; it helps keeping her excited about her work.
“We’re supposed to be playful, we’re supposed to be experimenting. That’s the job of an artist” – Debbie says