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Conversations with Kianah Mcwilson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kianah Mcwilson.

Hi Kianah, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I suck at writing my thoughts, but we will see how I do. My story has a ton of layers to it, as a lot of people may have as well. Let’s start from where I can remember. When I was in middle school, my dad always used to hound me on finding something I love to do and getting really good at that one thing. I began with editing and learning how to do VFX. I sat down all of the time on lynda.com which was a website for learning things like photoshop, Microsoft excel, drawing or even coding. I had to login and do a certain amount of time and show my dad what I had learned. Once I got into high school, I took photography as a class and Video Production. That’s where I fell in love first with art. I had a camera with me all of the time and if it wasn’t a DSLR, I had my phone and was always filming everything and taking pictures. I then got into our advanced Video production class at Murrieta Valley High School. I thrived in this class I loved every single part of it and I already learned how to edit in middle school so it was easy as can be.

Once I was a senior, I realized why I loved editing so much. It was because I could relive through moments that have already passed depending on how I edited them together. All of the videos I usually took and edited together I made it so that when I watched them, I could remember those moments and what It felt like forever. In high school, I struggled a lot with mental health issues, and I really didn’t think I would be alive to even go to college at all. I could not see past the darkness that hung over me. Luckily, I had so much support from certain teachers at that school and an amazing therapist that helped me see the light. Then, I graduated and went to the Los Angeles Film School in 2016. This school was truly amazing and gave me all the creative freedom I could have wanted and didn’t know I could get.

In 2020, I fell in love with graphic design it was a coping skill for me when I felt low. I could put all of my feelings into one piece of art and I did it every single day. I learned the basics of photoshop again in a class and then spun off from there. I just sat and made random things every single day. After about 6-8 months of that, I started to print posters out of them and sell them and I had so many friends supporting me. Then, one day I sat down looking at them and was like these would be cool on a shirt and I wanted to have my own clothes that no one else had. So then I began making mock-ups of clothes and seeing what they would look like. I’d say maybe a year later, I began to actually start the process of creating my own business and created my first drop of clothes. All of the clothes have mental health-inspired things surrounding them. Every single thing I have made started with anxiety and whatever I made eased it. I now own a business, Have a clothing line, make cover art and movie posters, do photography, and still edit. I love every aspect of art and if I am interested and want to learn I always will. Art has kept me alive genuinely. So I will always keep it alive.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There were a ton of struggles along the way. I don’t think life is supposed to be easy. I had a ton of mental health struggles in high school especially.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I do a lot of different things. I graduated from the Los Angeles Film School, and now I have started my own company since then called Indestructible Minds. I am a graphic designer, Film editor, Photographer, Videographer, Camera Operator and plenty more. I specialize in Graphic Design, Editing, And Photography. I am known for my editing and Graphic design. I am most proud of the clothing company I have created and the graphic design jobs I have done. What sets me apart from others is my way to adapt to anybody any style and anything that I may not even be familiar with. I adapt well to everything and my art is my brain.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory has to be when I was younger and phones were still not really a thing and I rode bikes and skateboarded all day every day with friends. Being outside and exploring around others every day was the best thing ever.

Pricing:

  • $80/1hour for graphic design

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Image Credits
Ciara Riley Wilson Tori Keeth Brenzy Andile Pelelani

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