Name: Jenny Lamberth
City: Charlottesville, VA (but from Alexander City, AL)
Main Hustle: Law School at the University of Virginia School of Law (class of 2019). I graduate this May and am headed to NYC to practice corporate law.
Side Hustle: Art! (watercolor, acrylics; mostly custom pieces)
How did you get started?: Art has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I always loved painting and drawing as a kid and then started selling my art as stationery when I was 16. In college I transitioned into doing lots of acrylic paintings for friends. Now I mainly do acrylic and watercolor custom pieces.
When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: Anywhere! I love taking my watercolors with me when I travel because I can whip them out on the plane, in airports, coffee shops, in the mountains, or anywhere I’m traveling! For the most part, I do my custom pieces in my apartment, and I love porch painting.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Time management! I get so excited with new ideas and never can say no to a commission. But in reality I am a law student and do not have endless time. I’ve gotten a lot better at managing how many projects I take on. I am SO lucky that I’m an auditory learner because I can listen to lectures while I paint, so it’s a win/win.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: The joy and peace that it brings. My mind is always going 90 miles an hour, but when I paint and create something, I can just focus on that and really relax. It’s an amazing way to balance out the stress of law school, and the BEST part is that I get to share it with other people.
I love working with people to fill a certain space in their home with a unique little piece that has some meaning to both of us.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My art has always been a team effort. My sisters and parents are constantly sending me ideas and inspiration, and I always ask my mom if she thinks a piece looks finished. She gives me honest and necessary feedback.
My friends and loved ones steadfastly encourage me to keep painting and keep creating (even in my busiest seasons) because I think they can see how happy it makes me.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: People and places. Lots of my paintings are inspired by my friends’ personalities—capturing their spunk, style, favorite colors, joy, laughter, or a place that is special to them.
Travel also feeds my creativity. When I’m in a beautiful, breathtaking place, I just want to bottle up that moment in a painting and be able to go back there.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: For my busy years, I want to just keep doing art for fun as time allows. But later in life, I dream of opening a coffee shop/art gallery with a yoga studio/space to paint upstairs…basically a creative little happy place. BUT if I disappear one day, I will likely have quit my job and moved to the south of France or the Caribbean to paint and travel—that’s the real dream.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:
I’ve learned to stop saying “I’ll do it when I have more time.” Realistically I’m never going to have enough time, so I might as well just do it right now. MAKE time for your side hustle, and you will be shocked at how efficiently you can get your “real work” finished.