Manuela Guillén

Freelance Artist - Lazy Beam Arte by Manuela Guillén

I am a latinx muralist, painter, illustrator born to Cuban-Salvadoran immigrants parents. My art is meant to heal and empower my community because now more than ever we need to support each other.

What inspired you to start your business?

When I lived in Mexico, I noticed how everyone was hardworking and goal getters. I was inspired by the artists I’ve met. I was overwhelmed by all artwork and murals.

When I returned to the states, I told myself I was going to believe in my work. I began gaining confidence and investing in myself.

I’m now a freelance artist with and online shop.

What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?

Always be kind to yourself. Everyone defines success differently. I’m a believer of small goals. I set small goals for myself every month.Years of having goals for myself became a lot of accomplishments. People always tell me I’m always look busy. The truth is I don’t wait for inspiration to create art. It’s a habit for me to make art. If you’re struggling start with the small goals.

What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?

I enjoy collaborating with grassroot organizations that support and empower the immigrant community. I mostly help with fundraising for immigration rights.

I also enjoy spending time in nature alone or with friends.

Image Credit: Manuela Guillen (@lazy.beam)