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Eva Claycomb in Austin TX

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Where did you grow up?

In Corvallis, Oregon.

What brought you to Austin?

I moved here right after school, sight unseen. I just made a choice and shipped my stuff.

What do you do for a living?

I work at a restaurant to pay the bills, but I also pick up some freelance illustration gigs. I’ve done all kinds of things! Mostly I write and draw though.

How did you get started?

I’ve been doing different kinds of art since I was a little kid, drawing, acting, playing music, and I went to school for those things (roughly, arguable, I guess), so I’ve always been trying to find ways make a living that leave me enough free time to do what I really want. I’ve worked in creative fields- for jewelry designers, for theaters, for bands, and met all kinds of great people, but I always find myself hopping back into restaurants. I like how social it is, and I like that I can leave it at work. Having a kind of light grip on my financial reality and my ‘career’ makes it easier for me to make what I want on my own time, and to be free to leave and do what I need to do.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

Oh Man! I think my dad raised me to be a little bit Texan. I grew up on Bob Wills and the Byrds and Sir Doug. I feel good in a honky tonk. I love being able to be outside almost anytime of the year, and I think the people here are the best game in town. There’s a lot of energy from the young people moving here, but there are also a lot of folks who have been living their own way for a long time and I’ve been lucky to become close with some of those. I’ve learned some pretty precious lessons from them.

What’s the last treasure you found?

I have a bunch of important treasures but a new one is a kitten that started showing up at our house! Someone named her Cynthia, which is my mother’s name. She (the kitten, not my mom) sits around and yells at me in her little smoker’s voice. She’s kind of a ballsy little lady, as well as uncommonly beautiful.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Austin, where and what would you eat?

Polvo’s. If it’s my last meal I want a margarita pitcher and a bucket of queso.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Collette! Is that dorky? Too bad.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Running up that Hill by Kate Bush.

What does Austin need that it doesn’t have now?

Appropriate infrastructure and more affordable housing would be pretty cool. And I would like my car to have AC (thought I know that’s not the city’s problem).

Follow Eva on instagram @evaclaycomb and visit her website www.evaclaycomb.com.

© 2012 Arden Wray