Today we’d like to introduce you to Calvin Lee.
Calvin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I went to school for Graphic Design and started working for the City of Los Angeles as a Student Worker in the 90’s and eventually became a full-time designer for the City designing the look and feel for City websites, which as the Mayors and Council Offices.
2008, these were the early days of Social Media. I was an early adaptor and jumped onto Twitter. First, I didn’t know what was I was doing and hated Twitter. My friends encouraged me to give it another try, which I did. Glad I did.
I built up a big following on Twitter and social media by being helpful to others; answering questions, posting helpful hints in all areas of interest, etc. All the Brands came a calling with products they wanted me to try and trips around the world.
Throughout the course of my 15+ years’ experience delicately intertwining Graphic Design, Photography, Brand Representation, and Social Media, my successes have been featured in over 15 publications and over 40 online publications.
I have also been featured in podcasts and netcasts and served as an honorary guest panelist in several social media conferences. A diverse mix of brands frequently turn to me for advising on current and future marketing campaigns and Influencer.
I am also a proud recipient of a prestigious awards from the City of Los Angeles for their website redesign.
+ Clients I’ve worked with include Sony; Audi; Disney; MGM; Max Sports; T-Mobile; and Hewlett-Packard.
+ Publications I’ve recently been featured in include:
“Return on Influence” I’m one of case studies in Mark Schaefer’s book about Social Media and Influence.
“Forbes” Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers. 19 Things Successful People Do On Social Media and Twitter Marketing Phenomenon Calvin Lee
“Wired Magazine” What Your Klout Score Really Means
“Huffington Post” Can You Follow Too Many On Twitter? And 39 Inspiring Men & Their Passion for Charity.
“BNET” Building a Twitter Following.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s never been easy for me. I’ve always had to work really hard to get what I wanted but very rewarding. I wasn’t a great designer, in the beginning, it was a struggle understanding the process of how to create great design and ideas.
Until I took a deeper look at successful designs and why they worked. I would dissect the design, researched why it was successful. Then I would apply the same ideas into my work.
Past two years I’ve been struggling with Lymphoma Cancer. It was very hard when I first found out. So many questions and doctors not wanting to tell you what the prognosis is. Currently, I’m ok but still fighting.
During this tough period of my life. I discovered that photography has been a great stress reliever and help me with my mindset. Photography community has been very supportive.
Please tell us about your work. What should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Mayhem Studios integrates strategic thinking with creative design to create effective messages targeted to clients’ specific audiences. Solutions may come in the form of identities, branded collateral pieces, annual reports, brochures, photography, logo design, advertising, and interactive web sites.
The Studio has received numerous international design awards, being featured in several books including Creatively Self-Employed, Creativity Awards, American Corporate Identity, Big Book of Business Cards, Big Book of Layouts.
I’m most proud of our photography. It’s vibrant yet moody. It’s not totally realistic with a touch of illusion look to it that gives it a different feel.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success means to me is that you’re making good living financially and have a passion and enjoyment for your work. Having happy clients is also good sign.
- Address: 2360 Cabot Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
- Website: https://calvinlee.myportfolio.com
- Phone: 323.533.8423
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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