Hmm. I think it depends. For me being international, I think I’ve had a difficult time breaking into the French scene because I started from scratch moving here, having to work independently and count on my pieces to get noticed in Europe. Most of the time it’s all about connections, but I think people in many professions face that challenge right now. For the most part, I think there are some particular styles that are popular at the moment here in Paris, and I’ve found that sometimes I don’t really fit into it. I have a lot of different interests and quite a few paths I could take with my art, but a lot of the time I feel it is best to be very specific in your portfolio, stick to one style. That is where I get most frustrated because my interests are spread out, and my style and content are quite separate from other traditional artists.
I graduated from school not long ago, and it wasn’t until recently that I started to feel more confident in my own voice and my work. I’ve been fortunate to meet more people in Paris interested in my art and have been gaining a steady following since then, so I feel it just takes time. It’s required a lot of patience, but I feel my work will speak for itself and reach a wider audience while I am still developing my own connections to the French illustration scene. A great thing about living in Paris is that it got me to where I am today as an artist, and I feel it has helped me to access a more international platform. In addition, all of the stylistic elements I have come into contact with here have really enriched my work – Paris has opened me up to unique perspectives on fashion, graphic design, European illustration, and more.