Sophia Altholz | Interactive Digital Aritst
For all you curious readers that stumbled upon La Femme Collective, I will share details of my life and general outlook on the career paths of young female individuals in the technology and art world that is dominating our historical epoch we live in today.
**Excuse my bluntness and profanity.
So to keep it short and sweet, I was born and raised in New York City, lived in Israel for 4 years, graduated Pratt Institutes Honors BFA Digital Art & Interactive Media Program, currently living in Brooklyn, working part time doing SEO and Marketing/Design, while I spend the other half of my week applying to full time creative jobs in tech/start ups to begin my (to be) dope ass career. Yay!
I spend my time creating stuff. Whether collaging my own photographs and online imagery with PhotoShop-Illustrator-InDesign collages, photographing friends for fun, freelancing album cover art for fellow musicians, interning at international social start ups, drawing animal-based-Buddhas, crafting Nick Cave inspired bead costumes, sculpting femo-pizza-eating-aliens, painting Klimt-inspired portraits, collecting shells, designing my apartment with taxidermy and barbies and…..you get the idea.
It has been an incredibly exciting journey of finding a “JAWB”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a total bitch, however I appreciate the stamina it’s forced me to maintain with the amazing individuals I have connected to from all different walks of earth.
By pushing yourself to get out there, you gain exposure, connections, and awesome people (with a few exceptions of course) to further along your story, connect you to other awesome people, and give you great advice along the way.
I have always been torn as to which path to take (how cliché right?) To me, my two potential paths consist of the following:
1. I could either go the artsy “BFA” route, apply to art fellowships, get into art schools for my masters in some specialized un-used skill, continue to submit portfolio works to galleries and online communities to get “discovered” and push to get recognized as the next “Awesome Sophdawg Artist” while small talking with rich sycophants over cheap wine and name-dropping-cocktails at Chelsea galleries who wear overalls with paint stains on them they bought at Barneys.
2. I can apply to full time positions at corporate-ish companies, create communities of networks in different places around the bossest city in the world (NYC if you were unsure), gain business experience as well as more formal design skills in a tech or agency type environment, wear button downs and pitt-stained blazers with the straight legged pant, work my way up the bureaucratic-bull-shit-food-chain, get my nose nice and brown, and hopefully make my way to the top.
Which would you choose?
Us millennial’s are lucky. We’re lucky because these different “paths” consist of a lot of gray, with rare moments of black and white.
We can work full time for a company that has a good reputation and is extremely well respected, but create art on the side, take endless amounts of vacation, wear jeans to work, while maintaining Instagram and Tumblr blogs, show up to work at 11am, and start drinking beer at 4pm. We can go to school for philosophy, and then become a head art director for a top NYC Ad Agency, with a clothing line to boot. Everyone can be anything today.
This new era that everyone has 5 jobs by the time they’re 30 is true. We all bop around, connect to people and hobbies through social media platforms, and switch jobs after the usual post-2-year shpilkis which leads us to our next job-hunt-yearn.
The point of me writing this isn’t to belittle one path over the other, judge people who wear jeans to work, or to take yourself more seriously than the next. It is meant to get you thinking about this city-constructed routine that we think we need to fulfill. This falsely perceived image of the “young, successful, entrepreneur” we all want to be. This falsely constructed idea just doesn’t exist.
I strongly agree with the Author and NY Times writer David Brooks, that you must tweak your pathway to character above all in order to lead a successful life (however you might interpret that is your choice). Focus on yourself, work hard, follow up, be honest, and engage your inner curiosities. At times, this can feel guilty or useless, but by working on the longer-lasting traits to character, this can lead you to good people, good luck, and good judgment.
I’m a big believer in how you do anything, is how you do everything.
What does this mean exactly?
Well, there’s those people who always brush their teeth at night, with the pre-floss AND post mouthwash, and claim they never miss a night no matter how tired they are. And then, there are those who often miss a few nights, don’t really floss, and seldom do the mouthwash. When times are desperate, some just do a quick mouthwash rinse-and-go.
I can continue to go on and on about the different variations of types of brushers there are in this world, but my point is that if you are diligent with even the most mundane daily actions, it implements good habits, and structured routine. These types of formulas, as silly as it may sound, create great people with great regimen.
Ask me if I have a full time job yet? Lol.
Don’t settle. Stay structured, remain connected with people, and brush your fucking teeth.
To see some of my works please visit www.sophdawg.com and if you have any questions or comments about this piece, my artwork, or ideas for collaborations or commissioned artworks, please contact me through my website on the contact page.
That’s all folks! Thanks for reading!