An Interview with Brianna Hines of The Brie Show
The world of a young artist, the start of a small business. Often, a one person show can often be a tough world to live in. It can also be one of the most beautiful worlds you may ever encounter. This drive for making a living off of your passions is what I live for; its contagious, its exciting, its an adventure. So I decided to start documenting some of these adventures people are embarking on through an interview series with the topic of people/small businesses pursuing their dreams.
So of course, I started off my interview series with my lovely creative friend Brianna Hines.
By now I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of this lively lady on my instagram feed, and I hope you’ve taken the time to check out her website, as she is just starting the journey of living off of her passions, and I have the privilege of capturing almost everything along the way. This week I took the time to slow things down and ask her some questions about her fast growing company The Brie Show and what its like being an artist trying to make it on her own.
Can you give me a little introduction about yourself, and who you are as a brand?
My name is Brie, like the cheese, it’s a very good cheese if you haven’t tried it before *Laughs*
My given name is Brianna Christine, but no one calls me Brianna, so it’s Brie.
My brand is called The Brie Show, and what The Brie Show is, is an all encompassing title for the versatile skill set that I have. So I paint, I write, I draw, I do photography and graphic design and content creation.
She dabbles in it all people she is a full blown show.
Where did the name The Brie Show come from?
In all honesty, The Brie Show sounds super vain, and I’m not vain at all, I think I’m pretty humble, specially when it comes to my art. The name started about four years ago, I was walking through a parking lot with some of my teammates from my college swim team and I started singing this song really loud and they were like “you can sing?!” And responded like “I guess, I don’t know” and one of the guys replies saying, “you’re just like a full set of skills, we might as well just call you The Brie Show, because you’re always putting on a show, you’re always busy with something, you always have some new talent that you’re showing us.” and they started calling me that at swim practice and stuff and it just kind of stuck.
So you told us about the name, but who really is The Brie Show?
After awhile of being in college and thinking about this nick name I kind of started to think about myself as a creative. Reflecting back I realized I was opened up to creativity at such a young age, I was always reading books and my mom always took me to all of these museums and dance classes and she just always wanted me to have my own original taste in life and experience all of these things at such a young age. Then when I started blogging in college, I wanted to be really open and vulnerable with my audience people who were interested in not only my art but also my life.
I just think (my platform) is so cool because I get to show that vulnerable side. My mom put me in ballet when I was younger, and I have this distinct memory of when I was back stage at a performance and I would see people rushing around and being sewn into their tutus and performers are running around screaming “I have to be on stage in like 30 seconds!” and everything is such a mess but then the people in the audience only were able to see this beautifully choreographed second for second finished product. But as they’re watching they totally don't even know all of the chaos thats going on behind the scenes, which was a shame. As I was reflecting on my past as a creative and my love for the chaos behind the scenes I realized I wanted my audience to not only see the beautifully finished product but also the chaos that goes into each product. I knew and still know,
I want the curtains open.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an author. I was never like I want to be a painter, as a child I had I always had all of these big visions of working for vogue or be an author and it scared the shit out of my parents and they were always saying things like “don’t you want to be a teacher when you grow up? There are so many options”. The really wanted to kind of put me on track to something that would kind of make money, but I was very persistent and they were like “this girls not backing down.” But I never had one of those I want to be a doctor moments.
When did you realize you wanted to be a full time artist?
Uhm, well, three weeks ago…My mind is always a fight of conflict. I am always paired with a heavy emotional side that does most of the work in my life, and then I have the logical side that isn’t really balanced at all. So sometimes I am good with my degree and what I am doing and then all of a sudden my brain just flips and all of a sudden I’m thinking to myself “I should have gone to law school.” But there’s always been part of me that has seen other people making it and living off their passions and I think to myself that I can do this, this is something I can do, but its never always been something I’ve been super confident that I could do, until like three weeks ago.
What are some of your fears with pursuing this passion?
I think that money is always something that is super scary with trying to run your own business, and I’ve always wanted to be in a certain position where I can provide for my family or pick up the check when I’m out for drinks with my friends. Or I want to be able to give gifts to the people I love without hesitation. I’ve never really been scared of rejection of my art though because I am so vulnerable with it, so if people just don’t like the way it works, at least they have some sort of insight into why I did it.
What are some of the things that fuel your passion?
I want to be open with people on what my art is about because I think that is why art is important. Helping people to feel how you feel or connecting with someone who might feel the same, and making people feel hopeful. I love people, a lot, and I love connecting with them. I’m one of those people in line at Starbucks who wants to talk to the person in front of them, which is so annoying *laughs* but I just want to connect with humans. I think that there is a lot of chaos in the world and its important to spark conversations with people who might think the same way as you or also maybe very different.
But with my art in general I like to paint for people, and then I always write a piece about what the artwork means to me and what my process was. A way to explain why I did what I did for them. So for example, my last piece, which was for a friends mom, she was a single mom who has two daughters and she just raised this awesome female powered family, and has formed this awesome clan of women.
I really just wanted to point out in my piece the bright light and love that she shows them and how thats carried on to affect me personally, and she raised her daughter and her daughter ended up becoming one of my best friends and provided so much love to me and thats generated through her mom. So I wanted to write about it and also paint about it and let her know that it means a lot to people and how she raised her children has carried on to affect me and other people.
She became really emotional when she read her note and it made me so happy that it touched her. I’m sure people have pointed out how strong of a person she is and her daughters have said thank you for how good of a mom she is but it never hurts for someone to hear how important they are to the world, ever.
Can you describe your design aesthetic in three words?
Whimsical, Bold and Feminine, but not the kind of feminine that you immediately think of when you hear that word… Feminine like women in history that are just awesome, like Ruth Bader Ginsberg or Marie Antoinette or just women in history that just rock my world.
Can you describe your workspace to me a little bit?
So my workspace is in a corner of my apartment, because I live in Chicago. Sometimes I bring it into my room, if I’m tired but most of the time its in the living room. When I’m working I also like painting to the news or night shows, which kind of sounds weird, but I genuinely want to know whats going on in the world and its really hard to just sit down with a cup of coffee and watch the news, like so boring.
Depending on what I’m painting what kind of music I’ll listen to, I have a coffee table that I push around wherever it needs to go and then I have a desk that I use to store my supplies. If its a big canvas I usually lean it up against the wall but if its smaller I can work on the floor or on the coffee table. I always have a cup of coffee or tea or…. wine *laughs*
Can you clue us in to some of your goals for 2019 or what you’re working on right now?
I’m mostly working on commissions right now, which I am really excited about. And then I’m excited to have some free time to really go off and do a series on my own with my own ideas in mind, find something new to work on. I do love working on commissions though, its exciting getting to know people through my art and a little easier creating for someone else.
I also plan on doing some more fashion projects, I love painting on denim and jackets but I’m also thinking about bringing my sewing machine down from my moms house and trying out some different styles.
One of my biggest goals as an artist is making art accessible to all sorts of people. More often than not art is very expensive and some art can be kind of political and difficult for people to get into. I was so lucky that my mom was able to expose me to all these different art mediums, but I want art to be accessible to kids in Chicago and be inspired by it like I was a kid whether its through the jeans they wear, or a mural on their block.