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Meet Michelle Muñoz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Muñoz.

Michelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always loved art from a young age. I remember cutting up my mom’s magazines to create collages and always enjoyed hands-on projects. I was lucky that my high school offered a variety of art classes. I took ceramics, photography, web design, and mixed media. It was then that I realized I wanted to pursue art in college. Towards the end of my junior year in college, I began posting my artwork on social media. There, I found so many amazing artists who were making a living by selling their artwork. This inspired me and made me realize that I wanted to do the same thing. When I graduated college, I was very excited to finally start my freelance business. At first it was difficult, so I had begun to look for other jobs. I found myself applying to jobs that I knew wouldn’t fulfill me artistically. It was then that I made the decision, with the support of my family, to become a full-time freelance artist and start my own business.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s definitely been a bumpy road. I often stress over the thought of whether people will like my work. Most artists might agree that we’re our own worst critic. It’s scary putting your work out there and not knowing the response you’re going to get. In the beginning, I was hesitant to share what I was creating but looking back now, I’m so glad I did. I’ve had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects and connect with talented artists all over the world.

Ittsmichellemunoz – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a full-time, freelance illustrator creating art prints, stickers, and hand-embroidered patches. However, I’m planning on expanding my product line! I’m most proud of what my culture brings to my artwork. I was born and raised in Southern California, but my parents were born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico. I grew in a very traditional, Mexican household, which has influenced the work I make today. My artwork represents my Californian roots but also highlights my Mexican heritage. Every artwork I put out is a representation of me.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I believe success comes with time. When you go through struggles and overcome hardships, you’re able to look back and feel proud of everything you’ve accomplished. Personally, I don’t think there’s one point when you reach success. Success is an ongoing process in which you’re constantly growing and bettering yourself.

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