We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane Huss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shane, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I used to think that over working myself was the key to success. I would become anxious whenever I wasn’t working, thinking that having fun or participating in other activities, was a waste of my time.
After living that way for some time, burning out, and losing inspiration, I realized that being active in other areas of life was extremely beneficial to my business growth. I think living life gives me massive inspiration as an artist, and it’s a nice reward for working diligently.
There are times when it’s necessary to work hard, but humans need rest and happiness to perform optimally, so i try not to force it. As long as I move at a growing rate with my abilities, and my company, then I know there is plenty of time to enjoy life, go on trips, learn new skills, meet new people, and engage in other activities.
Who knows, one of these other activities may be the condition that gives you the idea that causes your career to take off. Or one of the people you meet along the way could be the person that changes your life. The world is bountiful, and keeping myself open to the flow of life, instead of forcing it, has been key to my success as a human, and as an artist.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To accentuate my calligraphy work, I have learned a multitude of other crafts like: tattooing, graphic design, painting murals, and making fonts. Im proud of being able to spread my work over so many mediums and of being able to diversify my income streams through different avenues.
The journey wasn’t easy, and I’m still not where I’d like to be by any means. The only reason I reached any type of success if from just believing in myself constantly, and never giving up. There is no back up plan for my life, so I need to make this work, by any means.
Learning how to make a difference with my work was challenging and caused me to do some soul searching. I eventually partnered with Trees for the Future, and started planting trees with every project that I completed. These trees are planted in Sub-Saharan Africa and are raised by the community members, providing families with up to a 500% increase in their annual income. Since inception, my company, Mindful Release, has planted 10,015 trees through calligraphy projects. Moving forward, I plan to raise that number significantly as I continue to grow as an artist and as a business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have a plethora of spots I like to bring my close friends when they visit Colorado. Some of my favorite hikes are in Eldorado State Park, Evergreen, and Boulder Canyon. In the winter, I like to snowboard with friends at Beaver Creek, Keystone, and Vail. My favorite food to grab is usually at thai or korean restaurants, with Tasty Thai being my favorite so far. Other than that, you can usually find me underground, exploring the darkness with my close friends.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yul Jorgensen Instagram: @yultek_
Sam U Photography