Meet LaJon Miller, maker and artist
In this present state I live in a world of massive gender inequality and I’m making it my personal responsibility as a man to use my voice to creatively bring attention and awareness to the strength, passion, resilience, innovation, and beauty that women can offer to the world. If we allow women to receive the same opportunities and treatment, there can only be amazing positivity and growth for us as human beings. The power of creation and the universe itself exists within the woman and without her we could never be.
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What inspired you to start your creative enterprise? How’d you get your start?
Who doesn’t like T-shirts?! Also, I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to wear some cool artwork. [Getting started was] nothing complicated, I reached out to a local LB print shop and sent them my images.
Starting a creative enterprise is hard, what advice would you give to those with similar aspirations? Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
Be patient with yourself. And ask questions, lots of questions. Reach out to folks that have done it successfully.
There’s always going to be rejection. Everyone doesn't like the same thing.
When it comes to rejection, have a “short memory.” That way you don’t let yourself stay in a feeling of failure for long. Failure can be an excellent teacher.
What is your favorite local mural?
"Won’t answer that one."
[LaJon was recently honored for best mural in the city at the Absolute Best of Long Beach awards. He painted two electrical boxes near the Billie Jean King Library, and one of the doors of Elinor. He also painted a mural on the boarded up windows of MADE on June 1, 2020 after many downtown businesses suffered losses, both materially and emotionally. And that is just to name a few.]
On a typical week, how many hours do you spend working on your creative enterprise?
Well I have a new four-month-old boss, so it’s pretty much when she lets me play.
What kinds of jobs did you have leading up to the start of your creative venture?
Mostly retail and customer service type positions.
What is your favorite local outdoor activity?
Taking the skateboard and scooter out with my son to show him his dad can still groove on a skateboard.
Sites you like visiting?
Anywhere near the ocean for me. I’m a Pisces, I need that water in my life.
Shops, other than MADE, you like to visit?
This question removed my only option, lol...
Describe your day at home or in your workspace?
Complicated with an 8yr old and a 4mo old and art.
What holds more value for you: creativity or knowledge?
Knowing when to be creative.
Which do you most attribute to your success?
Perseverance and patience.
How does your work march us to a better future?
By keeping our future colorful.
Describe your perfect day out and about locally.
"I live in the greatest city in California, Long Beach. So on a Perfect Pre-Pandemic day I take the family out to enjoy some sunshine by the beach, and I bring my small sketch pad and doodle while the kids play. One day...one day soon."
Do you believe formal training in your field is necessary to success?
Formal training helped me to see what I was trying to draw. If you can already see what you are doing, then keep going.
If you could move to any other place in this or any universe where would you go?
It would have to be a place where there is a complete understanding of the two basic emotions. Love and Fear. If we all understand those, we fix everything.