Artist Interview: Ruthi Auda

Ok so for one of my class assignments, I had the opportunity of interviewing a local artist. I  decided to interview artist, Ruthi Auda, who currently lives in Long Beach. She actually came to share her artistic/career journey with us in class, and well let's just say...She's a BEAST! I highly suggest you take a look at some of her work (just click the link on her name). She's such a talented woman who has various gifts and does a phenomenal job in everything she does. Usually, when being an artist who is interested in various subjects, people will recommend you only stick to one, so you can fully "perfect" that subject or at least specialize in it...but that's what caught my attention about Ruthi, she does so many things and she's able to handle it well and in a professional way. I loved that she totally went against what others usually say and just chased after the things she dreams!  Her interview was very helpful, giving me an insight on what it's like "out in the real world" and hopefully it can inspire you as well!

1. What is your current job (that including side jobs)?

 "I own and run a design company, Camp Design Group. I function as the Creative Director over all of our projects which include the design and build of specialty interiors like retail stores, tradeshow booths, and creative offices.  We also do branding, logos, and print design for a variety of clients."

2. What were the steps you had to take in order to be where you are today?

 "I had lots of art training and experience with building before I went to college.  I got my BFA in Design and went on to work at a design firm and eventually worked at two major retailers doing retail display and merchandising. All of those different jobs and experiences clearly led me to where I am today and gave me the skills to do what I do."

3. Do you love what you do? If so, why is that?

 "I do!  I absolutely love love love it. I get to be creative in a variety of mediums.  I switch from designing letterpress cards to designing the space for a boutique health food shop. The ability to switch back and forth keeps things interesting.  Also, our clients come to us with a fair amount of trust, so we get to be highly creative and try new things."

4. As a believer, did you feel called to do what you’re doing today?

"Yes, I felt like my passions aligned with my skills and I am confidant that I was made to be doing the things I am doing."

5. If you could go back in time, are there any changes you would make in your career path, in other words, what do you think you could have done better?

 "I wish I would've stood up for myself more at one job in particular.  It was a toxic work environment and I wish I would've had the courage to do something about it or remove myself from the situation earlier than I did." 

6. Before I enter the “real world” and leave my Biola bubble, what’s one thing you would want to let me to know?

"Creative work is hard work but it's worth it.  Or at least it has been for me.  Keep pushing, keep working, keep growing but, at the same time, maintain your personal life boundaries so you don't get exhausted and depleted." 

7. What’s one thing you don’t get asked, that you wish you could get asked on an interview?

 "What's one dream project that you would love to work on? Designing a boutique hotel is a dream of mine."