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Meet Marco Bernard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marco Bernard.

Marco, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always loved to draw. I used to get in trouble for sketching in class until I met a teacher who helped me focus on getting good grades and art at the same time. After learning some balance, I began to get the hang of it. Due to my dad’s job relocation, My family and I moved down south and after a few years, I attended Florida Southern College eventually graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design.

After college, I wandered around searching for my fit. I worked at Disney World as a college program intern, did face painting around the Orlando theme parks, worked as a sports catalog designer and I even tried being a cruise line telemarketer. That was the last straw. I decided to start fresh in California.

After being in California for a while, I met a bunch of awesome people and officially launched Masterminds Connect, which aspires to be a place for like-minded creatives to come together and take over the world. In other words, where Masterminds Connect.

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?
Nothing worth having is easy to come by. As a freelancer, you have to start off running every part of your business by yourself. You learn how to deal with all types of people: rich, poor, positive, negative, picky, relaxed. The biggest struggle is having to explain the value of what you do; in my case, art. Many people don’t directly see the value of art. They just think it’s nice to look at. They don’t realize that art influences every part of everyone’s life whether it be a business logo or a t-shirt design. The education process is a tough job, but it’s one that I am willing to take.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
The tag line that I like to use for my business is: “Re-imagining the stories of your childhood”. I do a lot of illustrations based on this concept. My strength is character design and I also do some book illustration and logo design.

Recently, I started hosting my own immersive/ interactive art experiences. I feel like a lot of artists are reserved and secluded, so I’m trying to break that assumption and show people that art is fun and energetic. I call my business Masterminds Connect because I feel like we all are Masterminds; when we connect, we can create ideas that are explosive and revolutionary.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch much television. When I was given the opportunity, I would usually be restricted to Disney movies or Nickelodeon TV shows. I would sit in front of the TV or a book and try to replicate what I saw. Eventually, these drawings evolved into my own storylines. As an adult, I am just trying to continue with the fun I used to have and hopefully share that fun with likeminded people.

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