January 23. 2018 3:50PM

James Chase • 35 • Hooksett

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Don’t wait because the time will never be just right.

Why did you choose your profession?

I was fortunate enough to have amazing mentors who believed in me when I was younger. My grandmother, Larry White, Corey Doherty and Gary Samson are a few among the many who encouraged me to pursue my own personal goals along the way. Being a practicing artist, teacher and administrator allows me to blend my artistic voice to contribute to civic engagement within and outside of the classroom in a direct and meaningful way.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I feel fortunate enough to be in a position to give back and pay it forward to help others. I know how difficult it is to be a working artist, so I take any opportunity I have to help others. That is why I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and why I include New Hampshire Institute of Art students in my public art installations and other civic engagement opportunities.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Continue to have long term goals and know that it’s OK to update them accordingly. Fail. Fail a lot. You’re going to be rejected. Take risks, the good and the bad, and learn from those experiences.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

I believe in order to attract young professionals looking to live and work in the Granite State, we need affordable housing, educational and healthcare investment, and commuter rail services.

What was your last major achievement?

Being awarded Best Visual Artist by the Rochester Arts and Cultural commission 2017, and being commissioned by Main Street Rochester and the Manchester Arts Commission to complete multiple location murals.

Volunteer activities: Big Brother Mentor for Big Brother Big Sisters of N.H.; N.H. Humanities Collaborative; Board of Directors Curatorial Committee for Rochester Museum of Fine Arts; YMCA Greater Manchester Power Scholars Youth Program Summer Academy.