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Meet Sophie Xing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophie Xing.

Sophie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m originally from China. I have lived in America for ten years so far. I became an American citizen in November 2019. Personally, I think America is a better place for artists to grow than in China. I have loved to draw and paint since I was a kid, but I had a hard time and obstacles to achieve my goals in art in China. My career has changed a lot since I graduated from undergrad school in China and started working in America. I was a model, a website designer, a graphic designer, and an illustrator when I was in China. Then I studied and received an MFA through the animation and digital art master program at the School of Cinematic Arts in USC. And I worked as a fashion apparel graphic designer at Forever 21 for three years. Now I’m learning UI/UX design and doing freelancing during the pandemic.

In the past, I was embarrassed that I kept changing careers as I thought that careers should be more linear. You pick a job and you work your way up and that’s where you stay. Each change I made, I thought I wasting so much time learning different things. Now I realized I have so much potential to do so many different things which many people might not able to do so I see it as more of a strength. I love and appreciate every job I did which gave me different experiences and helped me grow into the professional that I am today. And every job I did are related, connected and inspired by each other, which challenged my left and right brains! I’ve discovered that anything is possible in Los Angeles!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I had a hard time to achieve my goals in art in China. I also have a very hard time to build my career in America earlier. The hardest time in my career so far is my failed marriage for four years in Minnesota. I got depression and I was very negative about everything in the marriage. I felt like a loser and thought about suicide multiple times. Thanks to my family, my friends and Buddhism practice (including meditations and readings) supporting me and lighting my life to gave me power to fight for my destiny. They made me believe in myself and motivated me to be stronger in life. I learned so much from my bad experience is to believe yourself, follow your goal and never let anyone or anything drags you down. Shit happens all the time, just get used to deal with it!

Please tell us more about your art.
Currently, I’m a freelance illustrator, visual designer and UI/UX designer. My recent project is designing a website for a film production studio. My last freelance work was a small illustration of personal projects. My work field is kind of broad, from art and design to tech.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I think my proudest moment of my career so far was I did some big collections while I worked at Forever 21. I designed apparel graphic designs for Artesta, Honda, PlayStation, Bravado and Blizzard – Overwatch. It was so much hard works and took so long to finish all of these collections. It’s not just about designing, it’s also about marketing, communicating and negotiating. No pain, no gain.

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Image Credit:
2012 Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition

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