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Life and Work with Siobhan Beasley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Siobhan Beasley.

Siobhan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been a visual artist since the time I can remember. My mom said when I was a toddler, I would practically trip her when we were walking, because I would suddenly stop to stare at the light and how it reflected off of leaves and flowers. Whenever she would try to get me to clean my room, I’d spend hours making mosaics out of my toys on the floor. So, the art part has been… part of my soul? I’m not quite sure. But it is inherently in my being and I can’t do anything about it. It can be a blessing and a curse, but ultimately, art is the most fulfilling thing in my life, and I am so lucky that I can pursue it as my career.

As a child, I drew and painted, and then got more serious about painting and studied oil painting from my childhood into college. When I studied art history in Paris during a Boston College study abroad trip, I wasn’t able to bring my paint, so I bought a Sony point and shoot digital camera to chronicle my travels. It was at that point that photography became a huge passion of mine.

After college, I spent a few years without art in my life when I went to law school and was a lawyer for four years, and I’ve never been more depressed. It felt like part of me was dying. I was a human rights lawyer and spent 2 years working in a war crimes tribunal in Holland and another 2 years working in NYC in the anti-sex-trafficking NGO scene. While I did find the work to be important, it just wasn’t my calling and I found myself crying nearly every day.

In 2013, a death in my family changed my life. My little brother passed away suddenly, and in addition to being incredibly traumatic, it also created a huge shift in my life. I actually felt like someone was grabbing onto my shoulders and violently shaking me awake. I got the realization that since we only get this one life (that we know of), I better use it in a way that fulfills me. I completely quit pursuing law and “normal” jobs and decided that I would be an artist come hell or high water, and I haven’t looked back.

Photography has been great, in the sense that I can pursue art as my career, interact with other artists (like dancers and fashion designers) regularly, and still make a living. If I had just relied on oil painting for money, I think I might be living on the streets.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think working in the arts is ever particularly easy. It is a hustle. And you have to do jobs that don’t always excite you. But hey – at the end of the day you get to do something you love for money. And that is pretty rad!

As far as advice for young women just starting out, I would say: be confident in yourself. Not everyone is going to like everything you create. And that is normal. Working in the art world requires a deep inner knowing that you have a talent and no matter what a teacher or critic says, it can’t be taken away from you. Stay fierce, and PRACTICE! A LOT!

Please tell us about Siobhan Beasley Photography.
I work in the advertising and fashion photography spheres primarily. I shoot products as well as people. And I love both.

I shoot a lot of collaborative works with other artists, musicians, fashion designers, makeup artists, athletes, small brands, boutiques. I love, love, love working with other artists in different genres. Those are my people. It feeds my soul!

And I’ve actually grown really into my own style of collage product photography. It has become this fun visual puzzle game for my brain to create. I take a lot of time to place every single object in the frame and then move them around until they are perfect. (OCD much?!)

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
If I could offer advice to young women starting out it would be this: be brave, be unabashedly yourself, speak up, and don’t be afraid to fail.

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Logan Gilbert, represented by Model Club Inc, Boston, Brittani McDonald, Cassandra D’Ann Gosset, Charlene Vasapolli-Bryan, Lena Nevzorova, Katey Cusack, Mollie Dananberg

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