Photographed by: Rachel Maucieri | Interview of: Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus
How did you get started?
I've been creative for as long as I can remember, always plugging away at one project or another and often several at once. Shrimp Salad Circus began as a way to procrastinate while I was in grad school, and I've never looked back. Along the way I've taught myself calligraphy; learned my way around a DSLR and photo styling; and made some incredible connections with people who amaze me every day!
What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?
I'm inspired by such a range of things, but I think the one I'll always go back to is travel. It's my greatest passion, and I'm always saving up and planning for the next trip (23 countries and counting!). I'm always amazed by the incredible differences from one place to the next -- the ways that solutions, designs, and styles are so unique to any place.
How do you balance your personal time + work? / How do you create separation?
Oof, this is a terrible question to ask me lately! I feel like I've lost all semblance of work-life balance because I've been working well over full-time hours at my "day job", cramming Shrimp Salad Circus into the moments between, and leave my poor husband and friends for whatever time I have left after I get everything done. Unfortunately those "extra" moments have been few and far between lately. My biggest goal for 2016 is to get a better handle on that whole work/life balance thing. Let me know if you crack the secret code!
What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?
In spite of how busy I often feel, I love the creative outlet that Shrimp Salad Circus provides me. It's easy to stay motivated when your side hustle consists of playing with craft supplies and doodling beautiful lettering and calligraphy! When I start to feel the creative burnout sneaking up on me, I try to just honor that and step back for a few days. Usually as soon as I air out my brain a little bit, I'm back up and running, even more motivated than before!
Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / What’s next for your brand?
In the next few years I definitely want to see Shrimp Salad Circus grow. The DC area is so full of opportunity: partnerships with other creatives, lettering for clients and events, calligraphy and DIY workshops. I look forward to one day having a dedicated studio space so that I'm not having to put away all my supplies between projects or move my equipment all around the apartment for shoots.