Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Fiance.
Kelly, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always had a creative side. When I was a kid I took painting classes, was obsessed with Kid Pix, and I begged my parents for a camera. This was way back before iPhones and even digital cameras were pretty new. I dunno what was pulling me towards photography, but I just needed to take pictures of EVERYTHING.
A turning point for me was when I joined Yearbook class in high school. Graphic design was so cool to me and I started to see it as a potential career, rather than just a hobby. So I decided to apply for colleges as an art major.
I went to University of Southern California, and being there, rather than at a traditional art school, was amazing. I got to take business classes and web development classes, along with the typical photography, design, and drawing classes. I think this really helped me become a more well-rounded “artist” and strengthened my business and strategy side.
For the past 10 years I’ve mostly done freelancing which really pushed me to become a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ type. I feel like I’ve become an expert at figuring sh*t out, whether it’s how to change the font on a webpage or how to pay taxes as a freelancer. I’ve worked with several women’s lifestyle brands (like Tone It Up, Love Wellness, Planet Blue, Rachel Roy, Pose, and several others) doing branding, graphic design, web development, creative direction, and digital marketing.
Recently, I’ve had tons of people start asking me for tips on photography or web design. So I’ve decided to branch out and create videos, lessons, and guides to teach creative skills. It’s been really fulfilling to share my knowledge to help people rather than businesses. I love empowering and teaching people how to execute their own creative vision!
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?
Looking back it’s been pretty smooth and totally makes sense how I got here. But there were definitely a few bumps along the way in terms of difficult clients or tough projects. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s been helpful to think of each struggle as a learning experience. Every time I go through something difficult, I reflect back and try to see what I can do better in the future.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Kelly Fiance Creative story. Tell us more about the business.
I love teaching others, so I’m really proud of what they create using the tips & information I’ve taught. I’m proud of my creativity and that I’ve been able to create a business that’s non-traditional and lets me be creative every day. I think my willingness to share sets me apart, I try to answer every question I get over DM or email. And I’m always happy to share my techniques from photo editing tips to my career advice. Sharing your knowledge doesn’t make your work any less valuable.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am SO SO lucky!!! I think luck actually plays a huge role. Yes, I’ve worked hard, but I’ve been given so many opportunities that many others haven’t had.
For example, my parents gave me a camera when I when I was in middle school and they were supportive of me being an art major. I built upon these opportunities to create a career and business, but it was lucky I even had them in the first place.