Give a little general information about yourself: how did you become interested in the arts/design?
I’ve been a creative individual since I can remember. Perhaps the biggest moment for me was in third grade when I realized how much I loved to draw. I think every child has a moment like this, but for me, it pushed me onto a path of exploration where I jumped from illustration, to music, to fabrication, and landed on design work. As of now, I’ve settled on Graphic Design because, at this time, it seems like a great way to get my foot in the door. It has also allowed me to work on unique projects and collaborate with others. Design seemed less intimidating, which has since proven to be a false truth. I like learning how things work on the most rudimentary level and graphic design is a VERY technical field that conditions your mind for that learning style.
What kind of career do you hope to have?
Eventually, I plan to be an art director or creative director at a design agency. In addition, I would also like to build my own business within the next 15 years, so that I can apply some of my creative techniques in a more collaborative and experimental capacity.
What is your favorite thing about the Department of Art & Art History?
As you get older and gain your “stripes” in the program, you start to realize that all the students are going through similar journeys. It helps to connect and have somebody to support you when you’re getting started. The journey is interesting and challenging, but it is never as terrifying as you think it will be.
Connect more. Connect sooner rather than later. Most of the time you’ll find someone to relate with and even if you don’t, you will grow to learn that there are resources that you can apply to your arsenal while you’re here. That’s probably the thing I enjoyed most about my last year at Charlotte. I wish I had felt comfortable enough in the beginning to experience everything I was exposed to in my last few months.
Do you participate in any community activities or work in the Charlotte arts community?
Currently, I am a part of a few art related clubs: UCV, Bridge, PhotoClub, and AIGA. While each of these communities is slightly different in their mission, they all share a common fundamental goal; connecting within your art community and even branching outside of it. Diversity is key in evolution and the unique range of skills we share helps build everyone up as a team.
When you are not in class, studying, or working, what do you like to do for fun?
Honestly, if I’m not working, I'm probably working, sleeping, studying, or all the above. No seriously, between school and work there really isn’t a lot of free time to just enjoy the simple things. If I had to pick, I’d go with watching youtube/social media videos and strategizing how to build up my own platform in that area or researching famous/innovative individuals that I would love to collaborate with one day. Of course, there’s also watching television and spending time with my family.