Today we’d like to introduce you to Andre Cadiz.
Hi Andre, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Hey guys! Thank you so much for having me.
I’m Andre. I’m a Filipino-American graphic designer based in Los Angeles.
I was born in Singapore, and most of my childhood was spent moving within/around Asia. My father had an architecture business based in Manila, Philippines, and we’d move from place-to-place searching for new clients and opportunities for his business.
I first got into graphic design by designing fan-art merch designs for my favorite Emo bands. Since my dad was an architect, he had Photoshop installed on our family-computer in the living-room. The bulk of my learning thereafter came from watching YouTube videos and following online tutorials from different design blogs.
Fast-forward to a few years and a short chapter in a design school in Singapore; to a life changing move to LA and building a career in graphic design to running a successful graphic design business.
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?
I would say that there’s levels to this journey. Nothing is ever a smooth road really, I really put my heart and soul into building a career I truly enjoy.
In my own experience, one of the biggest issues I had while growing Minti is getting potential clients to take me seriously. At the time of starting the business, I was a 21-year old transplant from everywhere (in addition to living in Singapore, I lived in Australia, Seattle, Philippines and Dubai)- with snake bite piercings as well as a septum piercing. Trying my damnedest to convince potential clients that I could create designs for their businesses. The repetitive rejection was disheartening at times, however, with every closed doors came with open doors (if one such as myself really looked) and lo and behold, I was able to put my all into those first few projects. There are many clients that I still work with today who were the very same clients who gave me an opportunity when there was none at the start of my company!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am the creative producer behind Minti! A boutique graphic design studio (formerly located on 7th St. in DTLA pre-pandemic). Minti creates visuals for businesses, entertainers, and events as well as other projects outside the general graphic design consumption (3D graphics, GIFs, etc.)
The studio aesthetic can be described as cute and clean and uses lots of vibrant and pastel colors. Having spent most of my childhood in Asia during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, a lot of our studio work is inspired by pop-culture of that time.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
My message to readers: If you’re not satisfied in what you do for a living – TODAY is the day to make a change. I’m not saying to call your boss and quit your job, but I am saying to start making a plan to get yourself to where your soul needs you to be. If you’re constantly mindlessly rushing through the week until it’s 5PM on Friday, you’re going to wake up one day in your middle-age wondering where your life went. If you have any questions about business or graphic design, please DM Minti on Instagram! We’d love to help you out and see you where you really want to be
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.minticreative.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/mintidesign
For the photos featuring models: @TheeSeanMartin — For the photo of the sushi box with hand: @AlexzanderRosa