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Meet Los Angeles Graphic Designer: Taniah Young

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taniah Young.

Taniah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am originally from the east coast (Philly). Spent my informative years in Korea and Thailand. While in Thailand at the age of 10, I was involved in a lot of after-school arts programs. After the regular school hours, I walked over to the annex and took art classes a few times a week. LOVED it. I felt like I was in high school/a grown up. lol

After moving back to the states (MA) I spent the summers at the local museums participating in their arts programs. I guess you can say that creating visual art is something I’ve always loved to do.

While attending the art Institute of Portland, I initially majored in computer animation but then switched to Graphic Design. I felt this course of study was a great opportunity to dabble in just about any industry I desire.

I then moved to L.A. and boy was that a huge change.

Lucky for me I moved with my family. My parents worked in the apparel industry as consultants, so I always had a few freelance gigs here and there to help build my portfolio.

The major change in my career started when I started an online jewelry store. I love working with my hands and designing jewelry but, I really loved the product photography and marketing side of the business. Since the jewelry business was incredibly new to me, I felt in order to be successful I needed hands-on learning. To this date, I have worked for 2 jewelry companies at different stages in their companies development. One was a three person team and the other had 3 flagship locations on the west coast and many in Asia. What I’ve learned has been so beneficial to my growth as a designer and more importantly an entrepreneur.

I love creating.

Art and design are the same to me. I put as much thought and passion into working on art composition as I do putting a catalog together. It means soo much to me that I get to do what I love for a living.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would say the biggest struggle was/is maintaining a steady client base as a freelance designer.

Another one is not letting your idea of what you think you should be doing in your career stop you from venturing into different avenues of design.

Being a designer can be a rewarding occupation when you are open to new ideas.

Crazy enough, today I heard an interview with a guy who is a graphic designer for NASA. He makes graphics of the new planets they discover based off of data and collaborating with astronomers. Like whaaat!

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
I have plans to put on an art show with the next year. My art is something I am always creating and I think I am ready to share. I am also working on a business idea but I am still in the research stage.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
I will be honest. I have had a couple hurdles but nothing too hard. I’ve had detours, times where I thought staying in my field would not be lucrative because I thought it was over saturated. In those times I looked outside of my field and in the end, these jobs noticed my skills and were open to me focusing on them as well as the duties they hired me for. Or they let me create a department of my own. I have truly been lucky.

What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
My wow moment is when I realize that I get to do what I love for a living. I honestly do not think I will ever feel like “I made it!” I will constantly know that I can more, or be better.

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