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Meet Yooha Cho

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yooha Cho.

Yooha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be in a field related to art/design, but didn’t exactly know what exactly. I always liked drawing, painting, and experimenting with new ideas. I decided to attend Otis College of Art and Design to explore LA because I just thought there would be more opportunities and freedom for artists and designers. When I had to declare my major, I was so inspired by the works from the Motion department from our school. They just looked the most interesting to me, and I was attracted by the fact that there are so much to learn within ‘motion design’. Few years later, I graduated and now I am freelancing as a motion designer!

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?
Of course, learning all the programs was not as easy as I thought. When I first started learning about motion design, I struggled to find my own strength and weakness. I didn’t even know what I liked about designing. I had so many things I wanted to do but did not have the skills to execute neither to patience to learn step by step. But through more practice and investing a lot of time, I was able to find my own process and how to really tell a story in my voice.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a freelance designer, illustrator, and animator. I personally enjoy designing and illustrating more because I feel like I have more creative freedom that way. For my personal works, I like to make things that can put smiles in people’s faces. However, I enjoy animating as well to bring life to any designs/illustrations.

What were you like growing up?
I was actually born in South Korea and grew up in the Bay Area. I was just like any other kids in suburban town. I loved eating good food with good people, which I still do. I used to love boba. I would say I was more shy back then, but college definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.

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