Seven Creative Ladies
I love connecting with other designers to find out about how they got their start, and what makes them tick. It’s so inspiring to see how people from so many different walks of life and from so many different backgrounds can all have something in common. A passion to create, no matter what specific avenue, is something I love to see others express. And yet, the creative spark can manifest itself in so many different ways. So I decided to connect with several really inspiring ladies I follow on Twitter to get a little more information about how they got their start and what in particular field they enjoy the most.
To each person, I posed the following questions:
- What made you decide to pursue a creative career in general?
- What do you consider your main creative focus (i.e. print, web/dev, photography, etc.) and what made you choose that over all other creative fields?
Their answers are varied and intriguing and heartfelt, and they echo some of the same reasons I’m so motivated to create. I hope they are as inspiring to you!
Vandy Russ | @passionsista | http://luckygadgetgirl.com/
I am mostly a technician but decided to pursue my creative side when I noticed that I enjoyed creating things. I feel some sort of excitement whenever I create something and it looks “great”. I got my inspiration from different websites and from a friend who is an amazing web designer. The colors and the shapes coming together to make a masterpiece is worth all of the hard work. I see it also as an opportunity to have this as one of my skills that I could easily turn too if I get tired of being a technician.
My main creative focus is web/dev the reason I chose it was due in part to my interest in the web, css and xhtml. After using twitter I realized that I’ve made the right decision in choosing web/dev as my main creative focus. With all of the information that I am recieving I am seeing that there is room for improvements. The web/dev world is so interesting and there is always something new to try out, especially with all of the new platforms and developer tools that are available to experiment with.
Grace Smith | @gracesmith | http://www.gracesmith.co.uk
Since a young age I have always been in touch with my creative side. I spent hours drawing, sketching and colouring in, I even used to sell my drawings when I was in Primary School. A young entrepreneur even then I guess!
As I matured I realised that my passion lay within the combination of technology and art (my two favourite subjects) and so studying Multimedia Design at University was a great way to have the best of both worlds, which ultimately led me into starting my own small studio.
Using your talent and skills to create something beautiful and unique is one of the most satisfying things for me personally. In a creative career there is complete room to expand your horizons and constantly learn and develop, it’s within this creative space that i tend to thrive in and enjoy.
My main focus is web based though as I worked within a Printing Co. for over two years i do love the print based side of design. I work with Wordpress to create custom blog designs and also enjoy working on User Interfaces for applications. More recently i have begun to focus on my own projects, as it’s important for me to put some of my creative energy into other projects besides client work. This allows me to experiment in ways I wouldn’t necessarily be able to on work for clients of Postscript5.
Nicole Alexander | @cherub_rock123 | http://iamni.com
I have studied everything BUT Graphic Design in school until about a year ago when I landed my career job at thinkWEBSTORE.com. I have always been into the arts, however, since I was a child. I grew up with a father who owned a coin-op amusement business. Everyday after school, I would sit in his warehouse and play video games until it was time to leave, and to my father, that was LATE. Ever since I learned the keyboard in computer class at the age of 9, I’ve been on the Internet. I have always loved the interwebs and technology. I have played the saxophone, steel drums, and guitar in highschool and college. I still play guitar to this day, for it is my second passion in life. I basically realized one day, that I need to do what makes me happy in life. With this realization, I decided to go back to school and study Graphic Design. I feel, as long as you do what you are passionate about and what you love, you will succeed no matter what.
I chose Graphic Design for the simple fact that I never get bored with this field. The Internet, business, technology, people, social media, and websites are always changing and evolving. I want to be a part of it and contribute in some way, as well as keep up with the latest trends that are out there. Graphic Design is what I’m most passionate about.
Misty Belardo | @mistygirlph | http://digigirlmisty.blogspot.com
Ever since I was small watching and seeing ads all around me and wondered how they were made has led me to pursue a career in advertising arts. And when I was at school it was there that I discovered the many possibilities and mediums to express my thought and feelings. I have always made it a point to study different forms of mediums and see where I can excel at. It is a passion that I intend to pursue and cultivate both professionally and personally.
For now its the web and print. But I’m still developing my skills, as my field is really developing concepts for events and video production. But ever since my transfer to digital I am enjoying the new things I can do with it.
Right now I am concentrating on my hand drawn art. The avatars and cartoon illustrations are what I am focusing on. I believe there are still a lot of ways I can push myself to come up with creative works of art in the digital arena. I really want to contribute to the growth, development and appreciation of design and designers.
Alyssa Meadows | @alydesigns | http://www.creativeshake.com/agmdesigns
I guess I took the back way into being a designer. I actually started out wanting to be a journalist/writer. In high school I worked for the school paper as a writer, but ended up doing the page layout and design as well. Then in college while majoring in English, I landed a job doing layout and ad design for a local newspaper and the rest is history. I received most of my training “on the job” and through online tutorials and basically just learning the programs myself. I hope to one day go back to school for a formal degree in graphic design. Right now I work as a full-time freelancer in Plano, TX and I’m hoping to open a creative agency in the next year.
I consider print design to be my main creative focus. I love all things print! Nothing compares to the feeling of holding the final printed product of an idea, design or concept you helped to conceive.
Leigh Caraccioli | @fleurdeleigh | http://www.fleurdeleighphotography.com
Creativity for me began as a pigtailed, overall wearing youth on a exploratory journey of expression. At first, I was a storyteller (maybe it was called “lying”) creating lavish tales of what I found around me. Which leads me to share what I find common denominators of the creatives that I admire.
Power of observation.
In my college years, I studied Journalism and Language Arts and went on to pursue a Master’s in Creative Writing. Like countless others, I intend to write a poignant novel, when I get around to it. When I held that first digital camera in my hand a few years back, a Nikon D50, that creativity burst to the surface. I played, practiced, self-taught, read, explored with that camera all hours of the day. Then, as is now, my whole intention is to represent the beauty of what I see in the world and people from behind the lens. I want to illuminate my mind’s eye. I still need so much practice to give the images their due. But passion moves me forward. Creativity fuels me. You deserve the vision. I want to share it with you.
Desire to share a vision.
My pinnacle creative moment occurred a year back when I stopped seeking to emulate others, please others, blend in. A mentor recognized my style of photography when reviewing the images being considered for my portfolio. She told me. “Listen to your gut. Look for that IT factor. Trust yourself.” Consequently, I discovered what differentiates my photography from others and I am still running with it. I have been in business for nearly a year now. My clients amaze me. And keep me busy.
Know yourself. Trust yourself. Distinguish yourself.
Now I am a writer, photographer, mother, blogger, social networker, speaker all of which employs my creativity in bustling overlapping fashion of a busy interstate. I write about photographers, take pictures at every opportunity, speak/blog for social media. I am lucky to have found creative fusion. And feel grateful for that luck and privilege every day!
Appreciate. And give back.
Selene Bowlby | @idesignstudios | http://www.idesignstudios.com
As early as I can remember, I’ve always known that I wanted to do something with art and design, in some form or another… It was always just a matter of exactly WHAT part of design I wanted to focus on.
Growing up, I can remember wanting to be anything from an art teacher, landscape artist, studio artist, fashion designer and interior designer. When I first headed off to college I had print / graphic design in my head, but by the time I graduated I knew 100%, without any doubt, that I wanted to focus on web design.
My main creative focus is both web design and front-end web development. There is a special pull that designing for the screen holds for me, that print design (or the other creative fields) do not.
I think it is the combination of being able to create something that is not only beautiful, but is also functional. Add to that the constantly evolving technology that is the nature of the internet…. the fact that there is always something new to learn, and so many ways to improve upon your skills is what has drawn me to web design for the past 10 years.
So what about me? Like a couple of other ladies have also said, I have had the creative bug since I was very young. Instead of a million toys, I was supplied with endless markers, colored pencils, paints, and anything else of that nature. I also grew up in a great woodsy area which had endless inspiration. All I had to do was walk outside and I could find things to draw. Throughout school, I refined that into photography, illustration, graphic design, video production, collage, etc. I’ve had a lot of fantastic teachers who I really thank for pushing me in so many different creative directions.
As for a particular field, I always thought I wanted to focus on the web. However, I happened upon my current job as a print designer and have fallen in love with it. I get to experiment with so many different media that it gives me tons of variety and it’s never something I get bored with. I agree that the appeal of getting a final product that you can hold in your hand is very powerful, and it gives me such a sense of accomplishment.
Thanks to all the ladies for taking the time to help me out with this article. I’d love to do a sequel; I never get tired of hearing how other people get inspired. If you’d like to participate in the next round, leave a comment or catch me on Twitter!
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