words by: Carly Kuhn
images by: Monroe Alvarez
Jaclyn Johnson is a very impressive young woman. She's created a successful company Create & Cultivate, been named on The Forbes 30 under 30 for marketing and advertising, and honored as a Woman of Note by The Wall Street Journal. But above all, her company is an inspiring platform for women around the country to gather and learn from one another. See and read below to learn more about Jaclyn and her beautiful office on the east side of Los Angeles.
How would you describe your design style in three words?
Busy, colorful and eclectic.
What’s a song you’re listening to on repeat right now?
My friend and I had a wine party the other night, and she put on Lil Wayne "A Milli" and I can't stop listening to it.
Where do you go to get inspired?
I'm a huge fan of hiking and being out in nature- getting to shut down for an hour, putting my headphones and zoning out. It's such a luxury to have that time.
What’s your neighborhood go-to food spot?
Our go-to spot is L&E Oyster Bar. I also really love Bar Covell for a good glass of wine.
What’s a new Instagram and/or Snapchat you recently started to follow?
I recently started following @compartes. It's such a colorful and fun account. I know Jonathan the owner- and found he graphic designs all his labels.
What’s your spirit animal?
If you could live during any historical time period in history, when would it be?
I have to say now, it’s such an inspiring time for women to live, work and pursue their dreams both personally and professionally. I feel so lucky to have had the path paved for us.
If you could have dinner with any person living or dead who would it be?
Joan Rivers, Michelle Obama and Ryan Gosling, cause.
What’s a skill or talent you wish you had?
I wish I could sing. There are things you just can’t teach.
If you could go on a month long vacation, where and with whom would you go?
My fiance since I we rarely get to see each other with my crazy schedule and Corsica, I hear it's beautiful. Maybe our honeymoon? Fingers crossed.
When was a moment you last felt was “delightfully unexpected”?
I got this card yesterday, it's from an attendee who bought a ticket (for Create & Cultivate). It was so sweet, cute and thoughtful. It's funny when you start a business that people respond to so viscerally- it's such an overwhelming and exciting feeling.
Lastly, draw a self-portrait in 45 seconds- don't overthink it- just go!
See below for Jaclyn's self portrait and Carly's of Jaclyn (full disclosure- Jaclyn was an early interview and I only gave her 30 seconds!).
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