“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”
Today we’re joined by Mady. Mady is a phenomenally versatile young artist who hasn’t yet met a medium she didn’t like. She specializes in music, playing both the flute and the piccolo, though she does play other instruments as well. When she’s not making music, Mady enjoys drawing, photography, and baking. She clearly has an enormous amount of passion and enthusiasm, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
So I do participate in a few different artist outlets. Music is
what I am most skilled in as I’ve been practicing and performing for about 10
years now. Flute and Piccolo are my main instruments, though I do occasionally
mess around with others! My favorite pieces to perform are usually from a movie
score or a stage musical. I love how easily the emotional flows from them since
they are designed to illicit a specific emotional response from an audience
while a composed piece on its own is more open to interpretation.
As for other things I do a lot whenever I have free time! I like
to write, cosplay, bake, take photos, doodle, etc. Honestly most artistic
outlets have become a hobby of mine even if I’m not that good at it!
What inspires you?
Gosh I feel like there are so many things. Honestly, I tend to
find most inspiration in the people around me. I’ve met so many people over the
years that are so dedicated and passionate about their craft that I can’t help
but also want to be the best I can. That sounds so cheesy to say, but it is how
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Well for music I would almost be tempted to say it was in my
blood. Kind of like a destiny thing! Everyone in my family is musically
inclined. I mean literally everyone. To be honest at first I very strongly
strayed away from anything musical. My dad is musician and plays in a band on
his off days from work so for some reason when I was a younger that caused me
to shy from it.
In fifth grade I joined Orff Orchestra to get out of sitting in
the gym in the morning and that was kind of the end of that line of thinking.
The middle school band teachers came and did a presentation on beginning band
and the rest if kind of history!
Everything else was something I picked up along the way. There
was no specific moment like with music. They were hobbies that I just came to
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol,
or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I can’t think of anything that really that stands out to me. I
think everything I do just kind of has a look or sound to it that relates back
to me in a way? Which I do think is true of most artists. There isn’t something
tangible for my art; it’s more of a feeling if that makes sense?
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Try not to compare yourself to those around you and never give
up! This is something I personally have a problem with and always need to
remind myself. It’s okay not to be at the same level as someone else, no matter
where they are in life. You’re allowed to go at your own pace and that isn’t a
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Panromantic Asexual! (Though I’ve found I tend to lean more
towards ladies than fellas)
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in
your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Mhm personally I haven’t dealt with too much as I’m not very
vocal about my sexuality. It’s kind of on a need to know basis so I’d be
willing to bet most people I know, excluding my friends, have no idea I’m ace.
I did have a friend once brush me off and patronize me, but after talking with
them they came to understand a bit better. I, of course, have also had the
general stupid comments about being a plant or partaking in mitosis.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve
Probably that it doesn’t exist in the real world and that it’s
only a “Tumblr Thing” It’s frustrating to hear because for me personally
without Tumblr and the internet as a whole making information about sexuality
so accessible, I wouldn’t have realized I was ace. I spent a long time confused
and unsure of what was wrong with me. I never really had physical crushes and
was never able to relate when my friends would point out someone and gush about
how ‘hot’ they were. Tumblr helped me start looking further into terms and
information and has led me to where I am today. It’s not a perfect site and
definitely has its faults, but I really do think it has the potential to be a
wonderful place for spreading information.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out
there who might be struggling with their orientation?
It’s okay to be unsure and afraid. You don’t have to have all the
answers. Even just recently I had to make some adjustments to how I see and
refer to myself. Life is constantly a learning experience and that’s okay! Have
fun being yourself!! No one else can do it better!
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I post anything I create that I’m proud of on Tumblr at venasven. Any and all of my cosplays and
photography can be found on Instagram at the same name! Venasven!
Thank you, Mady, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.