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Meet Megan Roy of Megan Roy Design in San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Roy.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Megan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been a person with creative hobbies but growing up, I didn’t know that building my own job around those things was an option. I’m originally from New England and went to college in Boston, where I got a degree in film and television production, which prompted a move to Los Angeles after graduation. I worked in that industry for a little while but ultimately decided that it wasn’t for me and left. I still needed to make money while I figured out what to do next, so I took a job as a receptionist at a middle school. The nature of that job left me with a lot of downtime and after putting illustration and art on the back burner for so long, I slowly started to pick it back up to pass the time. Eventually, I started taking commissions from friends and family and selling things online, which turned out to be the start of my business. About a year later, I left that job to focus on my own freelance career as an illustrator, and have been expanding ever since. I’m very proud to say that I now have a line of greeting cards, a line of phone cases, I’ve been working with bloggers and small businesses on illustration and graphic design projects and I even self-published my first children’s book!

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?
I really struggled after I left the film industry because it wasn’t clear to me what path I should take. It probably took me a lot longer than it should have to fall into illustration and design, I was just really hesitant to try something so unconventional. Financially, starting your own art based business is always a challenge, but I’ve been lucky enough to find ways of making it work, even when it’s hard. In my experience, you have to be willing to sacrifice some things for growth (peace of mind about where your next paycheck is going to come from, for example). Without that little push, you might not have the motivation to reach your next goal.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Megan Roy Design story. Tell us more about the business.
I work as a freelance illustrator and designer. I create custom designs for products like cell phone cases, fabric, and bedding and I sell a line of greeting cards on Etsy. I take commissions for custom pieces, logos, packaging labels, web banners and everything in between. I’ve designed enamel pins, created custom table cards for weddings and have just dipped my toes into the world of children’s book illustration. One of my first big breaks came when I started selling my Swimming Dog phone cases on Casetify – one of them was selected to be sold in Nordstrom stores nationwide as part of a temporary collection. The Swimming Dogs still sell very well today, I expect that’s what I’m best known for. I have a rescue dog who is a big part of my life and I take any opportunity I can to incorporate my love for dogs into my work, if you check out my Instagram you’ll see a lot of animals! I try really hard to take every opportunity that I’m given and I rarely say no to a project that fits my aesthetic. My ultimate goal is to make everyday objects feel more vibrant, fun and alive through my work.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Getting to the point where I made a definitive decision about moving forward as a freelance artist was very challenging, but after I made that decision things just seemed to fall into place. Friends started sending me job postings and I got almost every one that I applied for. I was very lucky to be selected as one of Casetify’s V.I.A.’s (Very Important Artists) at the beginning of my time with them, which afforded me the opportunity to have my cases sold in national retailers and to design for celebrity tech capsules. I was able to gain a lot of credibility very quickly, which helped me gain more clients and more confidence. It honestly felt like it was meant to be. It was validation that I had made the right choice at the right time and when I put in a little bit of work it almost always paid off.

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Swimming Dog phone case from Casetify.com

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