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Good Company Podcast #3: Loveis Wise

by Grace Bonney

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back talking to some of our favorite artists and designers for the brand new (weekly!) Good Company podcast. It makes me so happy to pick apart all of those messy, fascinating places where creativity and business combine. Every week we talk openly and honestly about what it’s really like to run a creative business, and this week I’m talking about the importance of self-care, representation and overcoming impostor syndrome with Loveis Wise.

Loveis Wise is an illustrator and designer based in Philadelphia who has worked with clients like The NY Times, BuzzFeed, Cartoon Network, Bust Magazine, and this year, she saw her artwork grace the cover of The New Yorker — only three months after graduating from college.

We talk about the mixed emotions of being one of only two black women to have ever had their work on The New Yorker cover, the vital importance of self-care and how she translates that into her work — and the history of her beautiful name, which has given her the distinction of being an artist whose name is also a poetic sentence.

I really think artists like Loveis are the future of the creative community and I’m so excited to talk with her today, so I hope you’ll enjoy the show! xo, Grace

(You can keep that inspiration going by checking out more of our posts on social media @goodcompanyzine or welcometogoodcompany.com – or pick up a copy of our print magazine, Good Company Issue #1, on stands now.)

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Portrait of Loveis by Tre Watson

Highlights from this episode:

“Your words are magic. Your words are a spell. Speak life into everything.” (37:06)

“I’ve always had a struggle with depression and anxiety. It’s been an ongoing journey for me. But it started to help when I put more [self-care] into my work. I was able to visualize what that looks like and what I should do, and how to treat myself on a daily basis.” (04:23)

“I’m the type of person that’s like, “That was amazing. Okay, so what’s next?” But I can’t do that, because there are so many amazing moments that you have to really appreciate and be thankful and grateful for. Sometimes I’m like, “Damn, I actually did that thing.” (10:36)

“I just imagine me as a kid not knowing where I was going to go, and to be able to open a door for someone else who was just like me in that same space, it’s just unreal.” (14:02)

“I just want to be able to show all folks that they can exist in every space. I know how important that is, just being a kid and not being able to see myself or people that I knew in these spaces.” (14:54)

“For any young person that is looking to create work about their identity or social issues – do it. Go for it. Your voice deserves to be heard. There’s power in talking about it and starting a conversation. So many people that aren’t being represented in art want to see themselves, too.” (16:16)

“I almost didn’t do [the New Yorker cover] out of fear. I almost didn’t respond back to the email. I honestly thought someone was pranking me. But then I started sketching and I realized I needed to do this, and it was necessary. But there were quite a few times where I stopped in between working on that cover and I almost talked myself out of it.” (26:01)

“At the beginning of the New Yorker project I didn’t feel as confident because I was kind of struggling with impostor syndrome. Earlier on in my career it was hard for me to understand why everything was happening, even though I worked hard and I spoke life to those things.” (27:12)

“Exploring self-care in my work has taught me so much about myself. It taught me patience, kindness and to be more empathetic and understanding of other people’s stories.” (29:28)

“Recently I was able to create a sign for the New York City Pride March, and it was a full circle moment because I remember going to pride in D.C. as a kid with my friends and them not being [able] to have the opportunity to be themselves within their families. To be able to march for them and create something special for them with them in mind was just amazing.” (30:00)

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