Turns out, being a Supreme connoisseur does not provide me with health insurance.
So here I am pursuing my backup career.
After graduating from SMU in May 2018 (creative advertising major; graphic design minor), I packed up, said goodbye to Dallas, decided I was going to miss living in a city that started with “D,” drove 18 hours north, and said hello to Detroit, Michigan… and to real winter. REAL real winter.
I consider myself a jack-of-all creative hybrid, so when I’m not ghostwriting tweets or curating the perfect Instagram caption/emoji combo, you can find me at my side hustle [read: full-time job] as a Jr Art Director with Commonwealth//McCann. “Real People. Not Actors.” Yeah, we’re those Chevy people. And for all you skeptics out there, I can officially inform you that the people in those spots—by law—are not scripted.
Believe it or not, I’m a real person too, and life hands me all the busyness I need. To combat this, I adhere to a minimalist work aesthetic whenever possible. I will try to avoid design clichés here, suffice to say the more white space, the better. You know what, the space can be any color. What’s important is that there’s more of it. Here's my political agenda: #allspacematters.
Taking a brief departure from the fun I do for work, I want to touch on the work I do for fun. When I’m not staring at my computer, I’m probably asleep. When I’m not staring at Illustrator or Photoshop or a blank notepad, I’m probably doing music or fashion. During time off, I can be caught daydreaming with the latest streetwear blogs open on my phone, or playing with music for my side gig as a DJ.
(side note: I’m still not sure if that is a pun or literal usage of the word gig).
My hobbies, in large part, are a reason that I consider my career path to be so personally fulfilling. I’m fortunate enough that these interests bleed into the creativity I do for a living, something I think too many people don’t get to say. This privilege that creativity bestows upon me is something I do not take lightly, and is precisely what drives my desire to create.