Today we’d like to introduce you to Teeana Cotangco.
Hi Teeana, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I always considered myself a creative, whether that be from doodling in my notes, designing clothes, or taking art classes. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I had been living at home, networking and applying to full-time roles virtually while doing freelance social media management on the side. I decided to make an Instagram account to be a place where I could share my art. I kept it pretty anonymous at first, but I was still having a hard time finding any sort of routine and was lacking consistency in my creative flow. One of my close friends, Emily, came over and brought a mold for a candle lady body and we started making them immediately. From that day on, I started to make candles all day, every day. Spending most of my days connecting with people via social media, I started to share to the candles to my personal social media as well as my art Instagram. A lot of people started engaging and asking to buy so I decided to create a website and online shop for my small business. I also use it as a space to share a little bit about myself, as well as my other creative outlets aside from candle making (film photography, watercolor, collage, playlists, and more). In terms of taking my small candle business and expanding, I am planning to start selling silk-screened shirts that my brother and I have been designing as well as embroidered clothing and apparel soon! I am also planning to potentially sell prints (or originals) of my watercolor art and film photography prints on the site as well.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There definitely has been some ups and downs! I feel as though I’m constantly trying to pace myself and remember that I never want to let art stress me out. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m just one girl with two hands and 24 hours in a day. Some days it feels as though the to-do list of tasks that need to get done before USPS closes is never-ending. Other days it’s hard to get creative, but it definitely comes in waves.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am currently a Marketing Associate at a Seed A tech startup in LA, where I manage the social media accounts as well as conduct China market research. In terms of work experience, I specialize in social media management. The online world has been an extremely interesting space to navigate, especially during a global pandemic. Alongside working for startups, I also spend my time doing freelance social media management, as well as managing my own personal pages and small business page. For me, it’s the sense of community and creating a safe space for ideas, images, and dialogue to be shared. In terms of my educational background, I specialize in International Affairs, specifically Sino-US relations. The unique intersectionality of my work experience and my learned experience is definitely a niche space, but as the rise of globalization and rise of the online world continues to grow, I am certain that more individuals with similar backgrounds to me will arise. I definitely want to get back out to Asia and continue my study of language and culture as soon as possible, but as of right now, I am most proud of my small business that I organically grew from home in LA.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Although this is a little bit cliche, family definitely matters the most to me. Being a first-generation daughter of two immigrant parents and embracing my Filipino-American identity is a huge part of who I am. There are so many cultural nuances that are unique to my heritage that I absolutely love to embrace. Whether that comes out in the food that I eat, the music I listen to, or the way that I dress, I don’t think that I would be the person I am today without my family helping me grow and supporting me through anything and everything.
- Mini set of two ($14)
- Full sized ($15)
- Thicc mama ($15)
- Pyramid ($14)
- Rose ($12)
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