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Meet Noahamin Taye

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noahamin Taye.

Noahamin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After graduating from Syracuse University, I moved back home to Atlanta but knew by my senior year that I felt like I needed to go to LA. As a creative that wanted to pursue advertising and other creative interests, it was either New York or California that felt right for me. I already had a taste of New York before and wanted to switch things up for myself that would allow me the space to grow and focus. I was applying like crazy that summer post-grad and didn’t get much leads to be honest. I already had family living in the LA area, so I became that family member. I asked if I could stay with them until I got my things together, and basically slept on the couch. I moved out here with no job leads and barely any savings. It was really faith alone that gave me the confidence that I’d find something, and everything would work out. The first two months felt like a rollercoaster mentally. Days where I had faith, and other days where I felt anxious and doubtful. I worked in retail to even get by financially. During those times, I would journal every day and I even created a digital animated art series to inspire and uplift me. It was tough cause there were some opportunities happening, but it was “free internships”.

I eventually found a paid internship opportunity from an advertising agency that I used to work for. From creative intern to now art director, it felt so surreal when that transition happened because it typically takes people years of experience to become an art director. For me, all this transition happened in a span of four months. Everything I prayed and dreamed for came into fruition, and it all felt like divine intervention the way things played out. It’s already been over a year since I’ve lived in LA now, and although I’m not at Omelet (the advertising agency) anymore. I’m excited to see where my art direction talents will lead me.

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?
Not at all. I think looking back, coming to LA with barely any savings felt like a very naive move and it was really by God’s grace that I’ve been standing. I felt like I was transitioning sooo much the first year here. From living on my aunt’s couch to moving out from that place pretty abruptly, and to then having to vacate from that apartment because our new landlord wanted to make renovations and up the rent (basically gentrification)… it was a crazy time getting used to all the changes. I felt tested in my faith and patience and had to learn how to accept and let things go with grace. At this point of my life, the unexpected does not surprise me. I’ve learned that it’s just all part of your process. It’s not a story without challenges, and there’s no growth without a challenge. But in every challenge I’ve went through, I’ve also learned that it’s bigger than us. Our stories of the challenges we go through is to hopefully encourage others and give others faith that this too shall pass. And LA has definitely proven that for me, time and time again.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an art director with a history of working in advertising. Right now, my focus is realigning myself as a creative and working on passion projects like @brokebutmakeitbougie since I’ve been laid off as of recent. BrokeButMakeItBougie is currently an IG page, where it has been an opportunity for me to bring my full self in my creativity and experiment on new designs/concepts. The purpose of the page is forming community with other creatives who can also relate of trying to get better financially, but still trying to live their best lives. When I’m not working on that, I’m typically working on freelance design work, designing a photo series, creating illustrations for myself or mood boarding for my next big idea. It’s pretty rare to just see me only working on “one” thing because I like to do it all.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Well due to corona, who really knows what the future holds. But I hope to one day find creative opportunities to work abroad. I have a passion in traveling and learning from other cultures/people, so would hope to expand that. I’m also hoping to expand my passion project @brokebutmakeitbougie and creating more content with that.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @noahamin , @brokebutmakeitbougie

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