The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Jesse LeDoux: Jesse LeDoux, 39, Artist/Illustrator/Designer/.../.../Thingmaker/Self
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
JLD: I like the same stuff I did when I was 10: riding bikes, swimming in the summer, playing with the dog, watching cartoons, exploring the forest, eating ice cream, drawing... Not a lot has changed. Except for the bills and taxes.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
JLD: It can certainly be difficult. However, I try to only take on client-driven projects when they feel like personal projects. And I schedule in my personal projects with deadlines so they don't get pushed to the side. Although I'm only half-good at both of those approaches, it's enough to keep the itch scratched.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
JLD: As long as I can drag myself out of bed early enough, I'm able to accomplish the most in the mornings—both creatively and productively. However, it's a narrow window and if I miss it, it's easy to fall into the loop of being distracted by every email ding and frequent Instagram refreshes.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
JLD: I need to get a cartoon made. I've come close a couple of times. Will the next one be the one? It's such an arduous process.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
JLD: My current personal project has more of a narrative than any of my work before. It's been fun/challenging/tough thinking in a new way, and to open myself up to notice things in that way. I'm typically most comfortable outside of my comfort zone. That way, I always have something new to complain about.
TCU: What scares you?
JLD: Imbalance. Hot days need a cold lake. Cold mountains need a hot chocolate. A run of client projects need some time set aside for personal projects. A rough week needs a pile of beers. A hard fall needs a soft shoulder. A healthy dinner needs a bowl of ice cream...
TCU: What does success mean to you?
JLD: Having the ability to do what you love in life. Success is a form of freedom.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
JLD: "Life is short" is a cliché. And for most people, it's not even true. Eighty or ninety years is a LONG TIME. But you should live like life is short. The harder you push and the faster you run, the further down the road you'll be when it finally does come to an end. If you're not happy with where you're at and what you're doing, take proactive steps to get to a place where you are happy. Waiting only sets you that much further from your goals.
You can head over to Jesse's website to learn more about him and see more of his incredible work: www.ledouxville.com.