Today we’d like to introduce you to Freya Yeh.
Freya, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I animate and also do design. I started drawing since I was only a 10-year-old kid. During that time, I would rather spend the whole day doodling at home than hang out with my friends. After leaving Taiwan, my hometown, I got into the University of Southern California to learn animation.
This was my first time living in different country, and I started realizing that I have to learn how to get along with myself and at the same time fit in this culture. So I keep drawing and drawing. It was that time that I gradually developed my own style. After graduating from school, I start working as a freelancer.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It wasn’t. At the beginning of freelance, I would feel awkward every time when I introduced my work to clients. I was not familiar with the culture since it’s not my hometown, I was too scared to say something wrong to clients. And of course, the project sometimes didn’t go well. I didn’t know how to effectively communicate with clients.
Afterwards, I gradually lost confidence. I started blaming myself. I didn’t know if that’s a good place to stay. I didn’t even know who I truly am. After going through some difficulties, I knew I have to stop judging myself and seeking validation from others.
Then I tried to look inside myself and took good care of my own life. When I started putting pieces together, I could feel freedom. Now I know what kind of art I want to pursue, I become confident. And the freelance job is getting better and better.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m an animator and also a designer. I’m good at translating a complex concept via animation with an understandable and effective way. I think communication is the essence of art. And that’s what I’m pursuing now.
Also, through communicating with clients and listening to their stories, I am able to get to know them well and try to understand what’s their goals in the project, then customize their animation style and design in each project.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I would say luck does play some important role in my life. When I was lost both in my career and my life, One day, I met a uber driver when I was on my way to LA downtown.
He told me, “Things always happen for a reason, and no matter it ends up being right or wrong, it’s all about your perspective. ” At that time, I was struggling in my career. These words enlighten me.
- Animation project (average 90 sec, including design and animation) 3000-5000USD
- Design/Illustration: 1 style frame/50-80USD
- Website: https://www.freyayeh.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freyayeh_art/