What motivates you to mentor creatives?
What’s your current role and origin story as a creative?
Currently, I work as a Marketing and Graphic Design coordinator in the payout space. It is an interesting field and I am able to be creative and learn so much every single day!
From as far back as I can remember, I have always been creative. The earliest memory that I have is one of being frustrated while attempting to draw a police officer in his uniform. If I remember correctly, his shoulder was too boxy for my liking and I ended up starting the drawing over several times.
Whether it be drawing, painting, ceramics, music, writing, makeup, graphic design, or whatever it was, I always knew that I was going to end up doing something creative.
What creative work(s) are you the proudest of?
While I was still in school, I worked as a makeup artist at a MAC makeup counter. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I learned a lot about people, makeup artistry, and myself.
Aside from the product, we also had old-school paper face charts that we, the artists, would create in our downtime. Face charts helped with keeping track of products used, a repository of looks that clients could look through, or a way to mock up new makeup application techniques.
The challenge of creating face charts lies in the products used to create the looks. Makeup is a completely different medium to work with than colored pencils, paint, or oil pastels and required a different set of skills and lots of patience. That is why the creative work that I am most proud of is the first-ever face chart that I created.
What’s your current “creative studio”/desk setup like?
Since working from home, I have become very intentional about what I have in my workspace. I invested in a standing desk which has helped me start and finish my work days and be efficient with my time.
Also, my Ikea Mushroom light is a must. It is a proven endorphin booster!
Where do you go to get inspired?
Hobby Lobby, Goodwill, Home Goods, TJ Max, BAM, Michaels, Barns & Nobles, Target, Music stores. I rarely buy anything, unless I need to, but I love to walk through the stores and look through books, home décor, art supplies, or instruments. I think that seeing all of the possibilities of what can be, gets my creative juices flowing.
Do you have a ritual, or time of day that unleashes your creative powers?
My environment has a huge impact on my creativity and ability to focus. I always make sure that I leave my workspace clean and organized so that when I come to my desk the next morning, I am not mentally overwhelmed or distracted by any clutter.
I also enjoy listening to ASMR or Binaural Beats on YouTube as they instantly help me get in the zone and focus on those days when I start to feel a bit restless.