10 with a 10: rachel ludlow

10 with a 10 is a weekly interview series featuring strong women who run their gigs like a boss.

I've posed 10 questions, stopped laughing and crying long enough to snap a Polaroid and will be putting their interviews up every Monday to promote their hustle with a wide community that should know about them.

This week, we've got Rachel Ludlow, visual artist and painter transplanted from out of Regina, Saskatchewan, up to bat!

1. What do you do and what does it give to people?

I am an artist and I make paintings and collages. I also do other things, like take pictures, draw illustrations, design, and work in a restaurant. I think the common thread about all the things I do, is that it gives people an experience. I'd like to think I give people experiences that produce enjoyment, reflection and thought, whether its by examining a detailed painting or eating an excellent meal.

2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?

To chill out, or, to fix your eyes on the bigger picture rather than on an immediate problem or feeling. I think I am getting better at this though, and that's taken a lot of work. 

3. How do you rely on others to make you better?

Conversation. I'm totally a verbal processor and I deeply value the insight that people share through honest and vulnerable conversation. Lately I've tried to be a better listener and actually hear people when they tell me their stories and their struggles and their victories. 

4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?

Well, I'd probably seek out financial advice. That's something I've never done and I could currently be better with how I view and use my money. I usually see myself as making enough to get by, so I think my life would change drastically even just in terms of perspective. 

5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else (ambition, success, discipline, pressure, money, reputation, attention, risk...)

Yikes. I'd probably say success and/or attention, and I think for me those two go together. Positive attention for my accomplishments and creativity has always been a type of success for me. That's definitely changing as of late, because I don't think it's been the healthiest of motivators.

6. Do you like when people ask you, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?"

Nope. I have never had an answer to that question, and the question itself kind of irks me. I get the point of setting goals and a life direction, but I've always felt like the pressure is on in our culture to have the perfect plan and make it happen, to really build yourself into something grand. I have come around a bit on that though, because now I take it to mean more like 'where do I want to be in five years as a person, as a loving human being'. That's become my driving force.

7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?

This week has been pretty chill up in the 'ol noggin, but there would be a good amount of reminders for tasks to be completed, checklists for how much has been completed, a reminder to myself that my accomplishments whether many or few do not determine my worth, some big heart grins at all the flowers, beautiful moments, and inspirations I encounter every day, and another reminder to myself that I'm doing A-okay.

8. Are you spontaneous?

No, mostly the opposite. The stars have to be very perfectly aligned in terms of my mood, the weather, etc for me to be spontaneous. I'm a planner.

9. Are you failing differently each time?

That's a really good question. I think I would either say no, or I don't know. I think I need to take more risks.

10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?

RR. Bigtime.