The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Min Heo: Hi! My name is Min Heo, I have been working as a freelance illustrator since 2013.
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?
MH: Whenever I feel like I am in a creative block, I love to go out for walks in the park or to a museum. The fresh air helps my mind think of new solutions. If time and money allows, another hobby that helps me get inspired is traveling. I feel encouraged to draw new places and new experiences, almost like a diary entry.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
MH: It's difficult making time and feeling motivated to create personal work that I'm proud of when my professional life is demanding creatively. However, a recent move to a larger apartment in NY with a separate studio space has helped me keep up with with personal work.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
MH: Being an early bird, I find myself being the most productive in the morning. As soon as it hits 3 or 4pm, my mind definitely starts to power down. However, I feel that creativity can strike at any point in the day.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
MH: Becoming a better, more well-rounded illustrator.
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?
MH: Personal projects at the moment include: christmas cards (to send out at the end of the year), a picture book (to be self-published), and some sculptures to sell in my Etsy shop.
TCU: What scares you?
MH: Failure. (Which is a horrible thing to be afraid of because you need to fail to make great work).
TCU: What does success mean to you?
MH: Currently success means being able to live the life I want without worrying about financial constraints.
If you'd like to learn more about Min and see more of her lovely work, head over to www.minstudio.us.