Q & A: Jobs, Career, Art Gallery, Goddess, What did you want to be?

Q from J-Diggety @ Better Late than Never!
Also, how did you get to work at an art gallery? Is this your dream career? If not, what is?

from Monica @ Ciao, Chessa!
1. Working in a gallery and being exposed to so many beautiful, odd, rich and interesting imagery, which artists would you say inspire you most?

2. If you could do anything or be anything, what would it be?

from Hanako66 @ Through the Looking Glass
I’m loving the art gallery question…it sounds like such an amazing job…do you love it?

from Cathy Voyage @ Almost Stylish
What is your job?

A: To begin, I’ll answer the last question first.

I work for an art dealer in an art gallery in Los Angeles. You could call my position the “Creative Department” because we have very few employees with specific roles to fill. I maintain our main web site + about 15 other sites we are on, I create email blasts, postcards, holiday cards, ads for magazines, and do general color corrections digitally to reproduce the works we have for print-outs to give to clients along with any other printed material to help sell a piece of art. Occasionally that means modeling in front of a piece of art. I also answer the phones when they ring as we all sort of take part in other random general job duties.

In 1997 I was an actor …well, being an actor in LA means that basically, you’re doing everything BUT acting and trying to stretch the cash you made on your last job as far as it will go without having to get a real job …I was 21 and I was working at a little boutique retail shop on La Brea in Hollywood called The Swell Store {which no longer exists}. The same year I was scheduled to have bunion surgery {which sounds much grosser than it actually is} …and I was going to be taking about a month off to recover. Before I left for my surgery vacation, the owner of the shop gave me a book called HTML 4 For Dummies and told me to learn how to create a web site {while I was on my back} so I could design one for them. I took the book and said okay.

From this point I am a bit fuzzy. I can’t remember if they went out of business while I was on leave because I don’t remember ever going back to work for them and I never ended up doing a site for them. However, I did learn to build web sites during this time. My ex had a very new leather accessory business that needed a web site as well …so with his pushing, I used his company as a guinea pig to learn how to build web sites.

During that time I was still acting {or auditioning anyway} and I may have started working at Tracy Ross as well. But I was spending any off time I had learning how to create and design web sites. I did some logo work at the time and designed Jonathan Antin’s first web site …just odd freelance jobs here and there.

I celebrated my 23rd birthday at Dimples Karaoke bar in Burbank and had a blast! I asked the karaoke host how I could basically steal his job and he told me to go talk to the owner, Sal …and I did …and he told me to come back the following Thursday for a trial night but that I basically had the job.

I started on Thursday nights then moved to Fridays then Saturday nights ..I worked one night a week, got to sing, drink far too much and act like a total ass. It was a blast. I will regret it only when I see footage of how ridiculous I acted.

One night a woman named Lucia came into Dimples and Sal called me over to introduce me to her and she asked me to audition for this new girl pop singing group she was putting together.

{omg this is so embarrassing}

So, I auditioned for the group one afternoon at Dimples …then had to audition again on a Saturday morning which was not a great time for me considering I worked Friday nights and by Saturday morning, not only was I still drunk, my voice was completely horse from screaming, drinking, singing and smoking the night before. Needless to say, I became one of four members of an all girl singing and dancing group called

…GODDESS…


I was named “Isis” …and that is me on the far right …my hair was red. And actually, when the group first formed, there were 5 of us …but one girl moved to NY to do theater …and then there were four.

I was 24 by then and girl groups were really almost over by this time. I think NSYNC was still going strong but that was about it. We recorded about four songs {which I have but am not supposed to so the quality is not great}, we were in Music Connection magazine and on some TV spot where I was jokingly dancing and of course, that’s what they caught and put on tape …if you ever see it, ever …just know that I was joking.

Long story short with Goddess {how presumptuous a name too?} I thought I knew everything. Maybe we all did. But what it came down to was us not trusting the woman who put us together and when we were supposed to sign the contract we got lawyers involved and we ended up firing her. We broke up soon after but in the meantime our manager was with friends with a woman who worked for an art dealer who needed a temporary position filled and since I didn’t have anything else going on at the time, I filled in. {which is actually not true ..I was doing make-up for head shot photographer, still doing freelance graphic jobs, working for my ex’s leather company along with maintaining his web site AND working at Dimples one night a week}

This was October of 2000 and prior to owning a gallery space, my boss used to deal art out of his house. I worked for about a week on anything they needed me to do because it was a temporary position but while in the office I overheard the woman on the phone interviewing someone and asking if they had Photoshop skills. When she got off the phone I told her that I was a graphic and web designer and had worked with Photoshop since 1997. And the rest is history.

They hired me full-time …then I worked from home for a couple years …then back to the gallery in 2005, which is where I have been ever since.

…and yes, to answer the original question, I do love my job …well, as far as jobs go, I love my job. My boss is really great to work for. I think the fact that I have worked for him for almost ten years now is great evidence of that. I have always sort of been an artist myself and realizing I couldn’t make money as just an “artist” I figured I could as a graphic artist …it’s just ironic that I get to be surrounded by really terrific examples of contemporary and modern art on a daily basis. My life just led me here really and looking back I can see each step that led me closer and closer to it.

I’ve wanted to be many things in my life beginning with fashion and interior design {which I originally went to school for} but I think what I would have loved most was to be a singer. But even just writing that is confining to me …because really, I want to be all things.

When I began learning graphic and web design, all I wanted was to figure out a way to do it for myself. To use it as my creative outlet for my own purposes instead of others’ …and I think with this blog, I finally have.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

31 Comments

  • Ben

    March 2, 2009 |

    I LOVE that you weer in a girl pop group. That’s pretty much the coolest story ever. I’d be whipping out that tidbit at every party until the end of time.

  • drollgirl

    March 2, 2009 |

    well you are all things, including a GODDESS!!!!

  • Megan

    March 2, 2009 |

    You have done a LOT of awesome things in your life! I loved reading your story!

  • Megan

    March 2, 2009 |

    You have done a LOT of awesome things in your life! I loved reading your story!

  • KatieSaysSo

    March 2, 2009 |

    how have you not written a book? like…about your life? im talking best seller stuff right here!!!!! DO IT!

  • Summer

    March 2, 2009 |

    How fun Miss Megan Goddess?!?

    Now, I have a question…

    How did you get over your anxiety/agoraphobia? What brought you there and what brought you out.

    Or do I have to wait for the book?

  • vsm/whirling dirvish photography

    March 2, 2009 |

    What awesome info!
    A girl group! Too cool. Nice sex look in the pic above!
    Thanks for the little delve into your personal life!

  • Yaya

    March 2, 2009 |

    What an interesting story of how you got your job!

    Wow, not everyone can say they were in a girl group! So cool!!!!

    I think your job sounds so fun. Honestly, some days I’m at work at my nanny job and I’ll think “I wish I had a cool job like Love Maegan”…seriously…I’m not making that up.

  • Mrs. RJRG

    March 2, 2009 |

    How did you like that HTML for dummies book? I’m really interested in web design, and have a basic understanding of it. I can change and manipulate things, but not build from scratch. Did you go to school for any web design, or is it all self taught?

  • ...love Maegan

    March 2, 2009 |

    all web design was self taught. I took one Photoshop/Illustrator class at UCLA …but used to code a site from scratch. The book was useful at the time but there wasn’t much else then. Now you can code with programs such as Dreamweaver which are useful to learn as well. But yes, all book-taught.

  • Kelli

    March 2, 2009 |

    It is so fun to get to know more about you! You should be so proud of all the fun, crazy, awesome things you have done with you life is so little time. Love your inspiration darling!

  • Hanako66

    March 2, 2009 |

    thanks for sharing….your life is super interesting, you really should write a book!

  • Style Maven

    March 2, 2009 |

    I loved this post. It is always amazing to see how people get to where they get to. As a twenty-something i am still finding my way everyday and reading this was actually really comforting and inspiring. Thanks 🙂

  • Rachel

    March 2, 2009 |

    You have done a lot of great things in your life…wow!!! Great stories to tell your kids…they are gonna think you are so cool!

  • Holly

    March 3, 2009 |

    this sounds so cliche, but you are SO interesting!! so many stories to tell, i love it!

  • tanya

    March 3, 2009 |

    what a life you’ve led so far! I can see now why you’d want to write a book–I’d def buy it 🙂

  • K.Line

    March 3, 2009 |

    OK, this does NOT surprise me at all! Next thing you’ll be telling us you did a hair commercial. Which will also not surprise me. Great post, M.

    PS: Hope your pup is well.

  • ASSHOLE BOYFRIEND

    March 3, 2009 |

    What a cool trip. Now I can name drop without including “serving 25 to life” or “She stopped doing donkey shows a long time ago.”

  • Underfunded Heiress

    March 3, 2009 |

    Wow, a girl group- that’s so awesome! It’s pretty cool how you ended up at the job you are at now. Interesting stories.

  • The Year in Pictures

    March 3, 2009 |

    Between this and the tatoo story I think you should add “Writer” to your resume!

    All the best.
    J.D.

  • The Lil Bee

    March 3, 2009 |

    That’s it, I am now only referring to you as Isis. HOW are you just now telling this story!?

  • AndreaLeigh

    March 3, 2009 |

    wow, this is fascinating reading! you have lead one interesting life.

  • Cathy Voyage

    March 3, 2009 |

    Wow, you were a member of a girl group! That is so cool!

  • Iole

    March 3, 2009 |

    HI, love your blog and monimated it for the “I love your blog award”.
    Hope you coluld pass it on
    these are the rules
    1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

    2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which you think are fabulous.

    3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

    4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

    5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

    Love Iole

  • Sue Jacquette

    March 3, 2009 |

    Wow, you’re singing my song, sister. I’ve been everything and want to do everything and I’m so lost trying to figure out what I want to be. I’m fortunate that my husband makes enough money that I don’t HAVE to work, but I really want to. My blog is also an outlet for me, but I need more… I’m seeing a career counselor now, hopefully that helps me to find my calling, like you seem to have.

  • paula

    March 3, 2009 |

    Talk about a fabulous way to start a career. If only everyone had such a interesting story to tell.

  • PS~Erin

    March 4, 2009 |

    What a recap… Feeling a little bland over here!

  • christina

    March 5, 2009 |

    wow, so glad i randomly found this site googling vintage dresses lol. ive always wanted to do fashion or int design(even chose it as my major) but found i had a knack for web/graphic design and have now switched majors..but i was wondering how thats going for you ? also, where/how do you find all that vintage ?!?haha thanks ! <3christina

  • christina

    March 5, 2009 |

    btdubs, sounds like a hell lot of fun to be you ! (;

  • Nanny Pants is on the loose

    April 5, 2009 |

    i love that i was there through all that. i focus so much on the mistakes i made in my past and how i don’t want to make them anymore that i forget how much fun and unpredictable our lives were! you were in a girl band! remember when we were trying to figure out the name on the back balcony of the lookout mntn. house? drinking wine and eating haagen daz? every week i’d come visit you. those were the days! i remember it like yesterday. i wish i had the courage and time to write a book about it all. i know you will someday. i love you 🙂

  • Iva

    June 14, 2009 |

    1) you ARE a goddess 2)you are amazingly talented 3) i’m grateful you are sharing your knowledge with us!