Faces of Friday: Hillary Comstock
The purpose of Faces of Friday:
Faces of Friday is a new interview-based series that I am launching to provide readers with insight into the lives of some of the unique, inspiring, & influential people I have had the honor of meeting/ knowing. Life can take you to unexpected places and the people you will meet throughout the series are willing to share with you where their lives have taken them.
I believe that one of the most important things in this life is the connection we share with one another. Identifying with another human being is an amazing gift, and it can inspire you to learn, grow, create, and open your eyes to what the world has to offer. We are not alone in this crazy thing called life. Life is a beautiful thing filled with beautiful people, and not everyone gets the opportunity to share their story. I want to provide others the opportunity to share their story and I want to give you the chance to hear it, learn from it, and maybe, just maybe, identify with it. I believe wholeheartedly that we were all meant for incredible things. I hope you enjoy reading these stories, and I hope that they touch you in some way. We are all learning to navigate life’s murky waters, why not learn from each other along the way?
Where are you from?
Where do you live currently?
West Hollywood, CA
Did you pursue higher education? What did you study?
I went to ASU and studied Painting until I switched to Design. I ended up graduating with a degree in Design Studies.
What do you do for a living? Is this always what you had planned to be doing?
I work as a Photo Producer for WhoWhatWear, BYRDIE + MyDomaine. I never thought this is something I would be doing in a title sense. I never really knew what a producer did actually, but I always knew I wanted to work in fashion in a creative aspect, and I knew I never wanted a desk job. My day to day is always different, but I basically execute our photo shoots (ad + editorial) from beginning to end. No two shoots are the same, so I never get bored and every day can be different. One day I'll be doing model castings for WhoWhatWear and the next day I'll be making flower arrangements for a home shoot for MyDomaine- I kind of just go wherever I'm needed on set, so I wear a lot of hats- which I love. I'm always learning new things. Interior design was also always a passion so working on projects for MyDomaine has been a lot of fun for me.
What are your hobbies?
I have a TON of hobbies (ha!). I consider anything else I'm not doing that's directly work-related a hobby, but you can always turn hobbies into a passion. Last year I got a film camera and started taking pictures. I recently got a loom and started doing weavings. I've always loved art and I still paint, though not as much as I would like to. I love music- I go to a lot of shows. I can't really play any instruments, but a few years ago my dad sent me a harmonica so we've slowly been learning some songs on those for fun. I also enjoy meditation and yoga. I like to play tennis- I've played my whole life. I've been trying to join a league, but I've been a little busy. I could fill all the hours in the day with my hobbies haha.
What are you the most passionate about?
I could never choose one thing- I'm a little all over the place. As long as I'm working on something creative I'm happy. In addition to my 9-5, I freelance produce and style photo shoots. I'm also helping design a (clothing) line of basics right now, which is totally new for me! But it's been a lot of fun and something I can see myself doing in the future.
What/who inspires you and why?
I'm obsessed with film- I love watching movies more than most things actually. We have some cool theatres in LA and I'll go out of my way to go my favorite ones. I always feel inspired after I see a really good movie. It's a really good method of escapism if I need to get out of my head for a little bit.
What is your personal mantra?
It's really basic and boring, but I adapted the mantra 'try harder' last year without even thinking too much about it.. I kind of just started saying it to myself when I wanted to throw in the towel. It's kind of like "come on Hillary you're capable of these things, just try a LITTLE harder". It doesn't need to be a LOT harder... just trying a little more to get through something. It's worked...I like it.
Has life taken unexpected turns? And if so what were they?
Not in a traditional sense. However, there's always going to be bumps in the road. I went through a rough spot in my early twenties where I just wasn't happy. I felt defeated in all kinds of ways and went through a lot of growing pains. I'm happy to be on the other side of that, but I look back on that time a lot when I need to remember how far I've come. Work was always a good way to focus on something other than myself which is probably why I love staying busy and have multiple projects going on at once. I hate being bored.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
'Comparison is the thief of joy'. I tend to compare myself to others constantly - I think we're all a little guilty of that. So I've been trying to do less of that and stop worrying so much.
If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Always stick to your gut. If it doesn't feel right, it's probably not. In life, you think things will be so different by the time you're 27 from when you're 17, but ultimately you stay the same person... or I did at least. My goals / dreams / morals / work ethics are, for the most part, exactly the same as when I was in high school. I've strayed down a few different paths that ended up not being for me and it was when I wasn't being true to myself that I ended up not being happy. It's not this way for everyone of course, but 've learned that everything that has made me happy so far has been things that were true to my original instincts.