For the first time in my life, I’m giving credence to all those guys who showed up at my high school when the teachers were hungover, telling us to do what we love and the money will follow.
I operate my life like a startup. I learn a little bit and I test something else out and I keep iterating and iterating until it’s perfect.
“So who cares if the economy sucks? I’m young in this economy so I’m going to do what I need to do.”
Yara is a multimedia artist. Follow me here, she’s a Juilliard-trained dancer and choreographer who combines video and music to create avant-garde pieces which she directs and produces herself.
Faiyaz is a professional golfer who already has a mini-sponsorship with Nike.
Christina Nicodema’s an animator who’s worked for Nickelodeon, Fox and PBS. She wants to also make her own work and has decided to direct her first ever stop motion animation short.
In this in-depth interview, Abdi lets us into his world. We hear about the moment he knew he had would it took to become a professional, what his typical day is like and what his frustrations are as an artist.
“All I wanted was to be was someone who could find that happiness and be constantly interested in what I did.” – Jonna Davis
Katie has recently had her mini-comic published into a graphic novel while holding a desk job.
I have a very untraditional path. I went to school for finance, I did post deal valuation at Deloitte for 2 years downtown in the lovely Manhattan. I worked at Deloitte from ’06 to ’08. I was 23.