Interview with Jay Kaes (@jaycaes)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

JAY KAES emerges to brighten the urban or private environment through wall murals. I seek to motivate the owner or the people watching with pieces of art loaded with modern references and meaning. I am addressing current issues to contribute something positive to society.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

One day Sony contracted me to do a mural for Louis Tomlinson last album release and it was going to be live in Facebook worldwide, I started the work as any other job but rapidly things start to be special, lots of fans came to the wall to watch me painting and my phone didn’t stop making noise, Instagram will crash when I opened and couldn’t use my phone till hours after I finished, by the time I finished my inbox was full with people all around the world congratulating me for the job and telling me nice things, It was a really motivating moment as it was the first time working for a celebrity and have such as impact with my work.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

One of the things that keep me going is to follow my instinct, independent art jobs are that kind of jobs that don’t come with the security of a regular job, so you really need to motivate yourself by staying away of the hype and thinking in the future while you don’t stop the creativity. Creativity is something that you need to train every day but that doesn’t mean you need to constantly produce, the most important thing for me to not burn out is to find the balance between quantity and quality.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I have the help of many people in my way and if there is one to stand out that will be my father. While no-one believes if me to pursue an art career, he was always motivating me with nice words. The day I decided to emigrate from Spain to the UK He told me “take what you have and make it shine. Be proud of yourself”.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

When I paint giant murals in cities around the world I always think about the location and the story of the place where I’m painting so the murals will reflect and motivate the people around them.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

My Art direction teacher in the university will see me anxious about other people getting success with similar ideas than mines only because they have the financing, so one day He stopped me and tell me, Jay in this world if you really want to do something, if you work hard enough for it you will achieve it, doesn’t matter your economical background, the only difference money will make is that it will make you achieve your goals faster, but in the other hand weaker, when you work by yourself in achieving your goals you will achieve them later in time but that strong that no ones can take them from you.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

You can follow me on these links.

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