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Meet Westchester Illustrator: Caitlin Soffa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlin Soffa.

Caitlin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been drawing since I was about 6, but never thought about pursuing art as an actual career until about junior year of high school. I just never thought that it was an actual profession, I always assumed that the only artists who were out there were either starving or just doing it on the side of their main career. It wasn’t until my teachers, as well as my parents really pushed me to do something with my art that I finally started considering it as a career path. After many long, convincing talks with my art teacher, I decided for sure that this was what I was going to do. I was so sure in fact that I only applied to one college, and it was an Otis College of Art and Design. And lucky for me I got in. And now I’m currently a junior in Illustration and loving every minute of it.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been pretty smooth for the most part. I have great mentors, family, and friends who have been with me along the way to help soften the blow from the many times I fail.

What are some of the influences that have played the biggest role in your journey so far?
There has been several people who have played a huge role in my career. My high school art teacher Ms. Villegas was the one who pushed me to pursue an art career in the first place. And now that I’m here, two other people who have really influenced me artistically have been two of my college professors Gary Gereths and J.T. Steiny. They both push me to create the best work that I possibly can, both technique wise and conceptually, and are all around great people. They have both served as a huge inspiration for me.

What type of clients or projects do you look forward to most?
I would love to work for Adult Swim or Cartoon Network one day. I really enjoy working with people who have a similar sense of humor as my own.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
When coming into Otis, my declared major was in Animation. But now that I’m my junior year I realized that Animation wasn’t necessary what I wanted to do, and I switched into Illustration and it was the best decision of my life. So I wish that I chose Illustration in the first place rather than Animation. I also wish that I took advantage of my free time back when I had it so I can make more personal work.

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